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News You Really Need To See: “As Iraqi Civilian Rule Weakens, Shi’ite Clerics Call the Shots”

“As Iraqi Civilian Rule Weakens, Shi’ite Clerics Call the Shots” Reuters, March 20, 2016 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-politics-idUSKCN0WM0U2 “With Iraq’s politicians tainted by corruption and the army’s standing hurt by battlefield defeats, two Shi’ite clerics have re-emerged as leaders in matters of state.  … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “From Deep State to Islamic State”

Oct. 12, 2015 by Darius  I recently read From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy by French Middle East scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu. The book is an up-to-date analysis of why the Arab Spring crashed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Guatemala Votes to Strip Its President of Immunity”

“Guatemala Votes to Strip Its President of Immunity” The New York Times, September 1, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/world/americas/guatemala-votes-to-strip-its-president-of-immunity.html?ref=world “In a sweeping rejection of entrenched corruption, Guatemala’s Congress voted on Tuesday to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution, a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Italians”

Aug. 9, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Italians by John Hooper, a British journalist who has been based in Italy and southern Europe for decades.  The Italians is a charming portrait of one of Europe’s most distinctive cultures. … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Anti-Corruption Protests Lead Iraqi Prime Minister To Eliminate Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister In Reform Effort”

“Anti-Corruption Protests Lead Iraqi Prime Minister To Eliminate Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister In Reform Effort” International Business Times, August 9, 2015 http://www.ibtimes.com/anti-corruption-protests-lead-iraqi-prime-minister-eliminate-vice-president-deputy-2045405 “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi won the support of his cabinet to pass sweeping reforms aimed at … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Obama’s Misguided Ethiopia Trip

July 22, 2015 by Darius  This Friday, President Obama is set to begin a tour of several African countries.  Among the countries Obama is scheduled to visit is Ethiopia; Obama’s trip will be the first time a US president has … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Thieves of State”

July 8, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes, who was formerly affiliated with the US military and spent 10 years in Afghanistan.  Simple yet extraordinarily powerful, Thieves of State … Continue reading

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