Monthly Archives: June 2015

Thinking Aloud: The Price of Unity

June 30, 2015 by Darius  As Greece defaults on its debt and perhaps prepares to exit the Eurozone entirely, it is worth taking a moment to realize that this crisis is not unparalleled in history.  While many obvious differences exist, Europe … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Salafism: Politics and the Puritanical”

“Salafism: Politics and the Puritanical” The Economist, June 27-July 3, 2015, pp.38-39 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21656189-islams-most-conservative-adherents-are-finding-politics-hard-it-beats “Were it not for his bushy beard and trim moustache, Nader Bakkar could be mistaken for one of Egypt’s secular liberal politicians.  The young spokesman for the Nour … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political Upheaval,” Part II

June 29, 2015 by Darius  [Last week, I attended the Middle East Institute’s conference “Cut Off from Care: The Health Crisis of Populations Displaced by Conflict.”  The most informative panel was “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Assad Chemical Threat Mounts”

“Assad Chemical Threat Mounts” The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2015, p.A1 http://www.wsj.com/articles/assad-chemical-threat-mounts-1435535977 “U.S. intelligence agencies believe there is a strong possibility the Assad regime will use chemical weapons on a large scale as part of a last-ditch effort to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political Upheaval,” Part I

June 28, 2015 by Darius  Last week, I attended the Middle East Institute’s conference “Cut Off from Care: The Health Crisis of Populations Displaced by Conflict.”  The most informative panel was “Health Needs of Populations Displaced by Conflict and Political … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Nigeria, The Hustle that Makes Lagos Bustle”

“In Nigeria, The Hustle that Makes Lagos Bustle” The Christian Science Monitor, June 28, 2015 http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2015/0628/In-Nigeria-the-hustle-that-makes-Lagos-bustle “All of Lagos is a mobile supermarket.  Informal stalls selling soccer jerseys, mangoes, and iPhone cables sprout between its buildings like plants growing in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Midnight at the Pera Palace,” The Book

June 27, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Georgetown University history professor Charles King.  King tells the story of Istanbul, and by extension Turkey, through the first half of … Continue reading

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