Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thinking Aloud: Wehrey on Libya

Nov. 30, 2014 by Darius  Last week, at the Middle East Institute’s annual conference, there was a panel dedicated to transitional Arab states.  Today, I’ll share Dr. Frederic Wehrey’s discussions of Libya. According to Wehrey, current discussions of Libya as … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “A Dangerous Road Ahead”

“A Dangerous Road Ahead” The Washington Post, November 30, 2014, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/highway-through-hell-the-truckers-who-haul-vital-goods-into-islamic-state-territory/2014/11/29/426a71f2-6f4e-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html “It might be the most hairy truck route in the world — a nail-biting, long-haul, ‘Mad Max’-style endurance race from the Jordan border through the black heart of Islamic … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Israel’s Other Arabic Speakers

Nov. 29, 2014 by Darius  Israel’s Knesset is set to vote on a bill that would, in addition to explicitly declaring Israel to be the national homeland of the Jewish people, downgrade the Arabic language’s status in Israel from an … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Will Uruguay Election Be One More ‘Win’ for Latin America’s Pink Tide?”

“Will Uruguay Election Be One More ‘Win’ for Latin America’s Pink Tide?” The Christian Science Monitor, November 29, 2014 http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2014/1129/Will-Uruguay-election-be-one-more-win-for-Latin-America-s-Pink-Tide “Sixteen years have passed since socialist Hugo Chávez was voted into power in Venezuela, marking the start of a political turn … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Schmitz on Yemen

Nov. 28, 2014 by Darius  Towson University professor Charles Schmitz spoke about Yemen post-Arab Spring at last week’s annual conference of the Middle East Institute. According to Schmitz, Yemen has been undergoing very rapid social changes.  In the past, Yemen … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Offer Israeli Arabs Money to Move to Palestinian State: Lieberman”

“Offer Israeli Arabs Money to Move to Palestinian State: Lieberman” Reuters, November 28, 2014 http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/28/us-mideast-israel-lieberman-idUSKCN0JC12Q20141128 “Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed on Friday that Arab citizens of Israel be offered financial incentives to leave the country and relocate to a future … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “A Conspiracy of Paper”

Nov. 27, 2014 by Darius  I recently read A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss.  It’s a very immersing mystery set in early 18th century London. The book’s protagonist is Benjamin Weaver, a Sephardic Jew (from Portugal) who has become … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghans Get Good Governance, Without the Government”

“Afghans Get Good Governance, Without the Government” The New York Times, November 27, 2014, p.A16 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/world/asia/afghans-finally-get-good-governance-without-the-government-.html?_r=0 “Afghans are being treated to the unfamiliar spectacle of their leaders trying to outdo one another in good governance, even as they remain hopelessly deadlocked … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process,” Part III

Nov. 26, 2014 by Darius  [Last week, I attended the Middle East Institute’s annual conference.  One of the panels was on “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process.”  All four panelists had interesting remarks.  In previous days, I shared … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “U.N. Report Shows an Increase in Trafficking of Children”

“U.N. Report Shows an Increase in Trafficking of Children” The New York Times, November 24, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/world/africa/un-report-shows-an-increase-in-child-trafficking.html?_r=1&gwh=AE91F0E9F2F7052B67ABCA414770FDEC&gwt=pay “One in three human trafficking victims is a child, most victims are female, and traffickers operate with wide impunity, the United Nations said Monday … Continue reading

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