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News You Really Need To See: “What’s Behind Saudi Arabia’s New Muscularity”

“What’s Behind Saudi Arabia’s New Muscularity” The Christian Science Monitor, May 14, 2015 http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/0514/What-s-behind-Saudi-Arabia-s-new-muscularity “In recent years, Saudi Arabia’s capital city has grown into a haven for Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies, a Casablanca of deposed dictators and exiled ministers where Arab … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday”

Feb. 16, 2015 by Darius While I was away, I read The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East by journalist Neil MacFarquhar.  Aside from the absolutely awesome title (actually … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Human Rights in the Gulf: Bashing the Wrong People”

“Human Rights in the Gulf: Bashing the Wrong People” The Economist, July 12-18, 2014, p.41 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21606880-anti-terrorism-laws-seem-be-used-more-against-dissenters “Sandwiched between Iraq and Yemen, Saudi Arabia has reason to worry about terrorism. It recently sent 30,000 troops to its Iraqi border to protect itself … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Bahrain, Looking Forward to 2014

Dec. 31, 2013 by Darius As 2013 draws to a close, the world is looking forward to a new year.  One story to watch in 2014 is Bahrain.  With endless political protests, harsh government repression, and rising terrorism, there’s no … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Sectarian Gulf,” Part II

Oct. 23, 2013 by Darius [Last week, Middle East expert Toby Matthiesen discussed his new book Sectarian Gulf:  Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring that Wasn’t.  Matthiesen provided some insight into how the Arab Spring played out in the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Sectarian Gulf,” Part I

Oct. 22, 2013 by Darius Last week, Middle East expert Toby Matthiesen discussed his new book Sectarian Gulf:  Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring that Wasn’t.  Matthiesen provided some insight into how the Arab Spring played out in the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Freedom on the Net 2013”

Oct. 4, 2013 by Darius This week, Freedom House released a report on global internet freedom.  The report examined internet freedom in 60 countries around the world.  Overall, according to the report, global internet freedom actually declined, continuing a trend … Continue reading

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