Monthly Archives: May 2015

Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine,” The Book

May 31, 2015 by Darius  Africa’s mineral resources are arguably unmatched anywhere in the world: it holds 15% of the world’s crude oil reserves, 40% of its gold, 80% of its platinum, the world’s richest diamond mines, and massive deposits … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ex-President of Georgia to Lead Ukraine Region”

“Ex-President of Georgia to Lead Ukraine Region” The New York Times, May 31, 2015, p.A8 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/world/europe/ex-president-of-georgia-to-lead-ukraine-region.html “President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine on Saturday appointed the former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, as governor of the Odessa region, turning to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Why Iraq Isn’t Arming the Sunnis

May 30, 2015 by Darius  The word is that the United States is getting impatient with Iraq over the fight against ISIS.  Specifically, the US is unhappy that Iraq is taking baby steps, at best, towards creating a strong Sunni … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Islam Center Stage as Turkish Election Campaign Enters Final Week”

“Islam Center Stage as Turkish Election Campaign Enters Final Week” Reuters, May 30, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/30/us-turkey-election-idUSKBN0OF0VB20150530 “Evoking the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and vowing the Muslim call to prayer would forever ring out, President Tayyip Erdogan put religion center stage on … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics”

May 29, 2015 by Darius  Last week, I saw noted economist Richard Thaler discuss his new book Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. Thaler began with an example: at an after-dinner discussion with graduate students at his house, Thaler put … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The New Unknown Soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan”

“The New Unknown Soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan” Foreign Policy, May 29, 2015 https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/29/the-new-unknown-soldiers-of-afghanistan-and-iraq/ “Since 9/11, a total of 1,592 private contractors (approximately 32 percent of whom were Americans) working on Department of Defense contracts were also killed in Afghanistan. Last … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: FIFA and the Blagojevich Principle

May 28, 2015 by Darius  Yesterday, a US federal court unveiled indictments against 14 officials of FIFA, the international soccer organization, on charges of corruption.  The men were taken into custody in Switzerland and are pending extradition to the US. … Continue reading

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