Monthly Archives: August 2015

Thinking Aloud: India’s Evolving Religious Makeup

Aug. 31, 2015 by Darius  Last week, newly released data from India’s 2011 census revealed a surprise: for the first time in India’s modern history, the proportion of Hindus dropped below 80%. At the same time, Muslims grew more than … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt”

“Italy’s Eni Finds ‘Supergiant’ Natural Gas Field Off Egypt” The Associated Press, August 30, 2015 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fc84c97ac51440e09c0e1a4deddc4ae8/eni-says-its-found-supergiant-natural-gas-field-egypt “The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a ‘supergiant’ natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the ‘largest-ever’ found … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Late-Summer Reading

Aug. 18, 2015 by Darius  Looking for some late-summer beach reading?  Here are a few recommendations from my recent vacation. All these are the first books in their respective series. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. The body of a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Yuan Move Rattles Africa”

“Yuan Move Rattles Africa” The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2015, p.A6 http://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-currency-move-rattles-african-economies-1439803981 “The shock waves from China’s surprise yuan devaluation are ricocheting through African economies, sending currencies tumbling and stoking anxiety that the continent’s biggest trading partner might be … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Oman, America’s Unheralded Ally

Aug. 16, 2015 by Darius  Who are the top US allies in the Middle East?  Most people would respond with some combination of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.  But are these allies always beneficial to the US?  Israel goes directly … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Libya Seeks Airstrikes Against ISIS Branch”

“Libya Seeks Airstrikes Against ISIS Branch” The New York Times, August 16, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/world/middleeast/rising-toll-in-libyas-fractured-fighting.html “Libya’s internationally recognized government has asked fellow Arab states to conduct airstrikes against the Libyan branch of the Islamic State in the coastal city of … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Is China the New Idol for Emerging Economies?”

Aug. 13, 2015 by Darius  It is common so-called wisdom to believe that the breakup of the Soviet Union ended any challenge to the inevitable march of capitalist markets and democratic reform throughout the world.  Indeed, for much of the … Continue reading

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