Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thinking Aloud: Israel’s Other Demographics Problem

July 31, 2014 by Darius Israel’s domestic “demographics problem,” the prospect of higher birthrates amongst its Arab community diluting the country’s Jewish majority, is well known. Israel is also facing a second “demographics problem,” though, one rather farther from home. … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent”

“Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent” The New York Times, July 31, 2014, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/world/middleeast/fighting-political-islam-arab-states-find-themselves-allied-with-israel.html “Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Maliki, Give Him What He Wants to Make Him Go?

July 30, 2014 by Darius Many people inside and outside of Iraq agree that it’s time for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to go.  Maliki, who has been in power for eight years, is facing the prospect of putting together a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror”

“Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror” The New York Times, July 30, 2014, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/africa/ransoming-citizens-europe-becomes-al-qaedas-patron.html “Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe.  While European governments deny paying ransoms, an … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Libya, An Unforced Error

July 29, 2014 by Darius Libya is not doing well these days.  Ok, that’s something of an understatement.  Libya’s capital, Tripoli, is currently best described as a warzone.  Supporters of the rogue former general Khalifa Hifter and militias from the city … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Price of Cold”

“The Price of Cold” The New York Times Magazine, July 27, 2014, p.28+ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/magazine/what-do-chinese-dumplings-have-to-do-with-global-warming.html “When Chen [Zemin] founded [frozen dumpling company] Sanquan [in 1992], fewer than one in 10 of his fellow citizens even owned a refrigerator.  In the eastern … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Back From France

July 28, 2014 by Darius I am back.  I just returned from spending a month studying in France.  During my time getting to know the French people and culture, one thing struck me as especially noteworthy.  Especially among the older generation … Continue reading

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