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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Government Turns to Militias as Taliban Gains Strength”

“Afghan Government Turns to Militias as Taliban Gains Strength” The Washington Post, October 29, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as-taliban-resurges-an-afghan-warlord-gains-power/2015/10/29/5e431aaa-21bf-4713-b681-7226681c18a1_story.html “A militia fighter wearing a loose-fitting Afghan tunic and sandals, and with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher strapped to his back, stands at a checkpoint … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: India’s Ire Bringing Nepal to Its Knees

Sept. 29, 2015 by Darius  A week after adopting its first-ever constitution, Nepal is facing a fuel shortage so severe that the Nepali government has imposed driving restrictions based on the last digit of motorists’ license plates. Why has the … 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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Thinking Aloud: Kurdistan in Syria, To Be or Not to Be?

June 24, 2015 by Darius  In a development that didn’t attract much attention in the Western press, Kurdish militias forced ISIS out of the town of Tell Abyad on the Turkish-Syrian border – and Turkey is upset about that.  The … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Can Reconciliation Heal Sri Lankan War Wounds?”

“Can Reconciliation Heal Sri Lankan War Wounds?” The Washington Post, June 14, 2015, p.A17 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/can-reconciliation-heal-sri-lankan-war-wounds/2015/06/13/77926772-0ebd-11e5-a0fe-dccfea4653ee_story.html “When Parameswari Uthayakumaran saw her house last month for the first time in 25 years, she stood in the rubble and wept.  All her belongings, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Rohingya Running Out of Food, Water and Options

May 16, 2015 by Darius  One contender for the miserable title of worst-off-group-not-in-an-active-war-zone are the Rohingya of Myanmar.  Stateless, persecuted, and virtually imprisoned in concentration camps, the Rohingya are taking the only option left: boarding boats, often little more than … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Multi-Ethnic Kazakhstan, Fears of Becoming the Next Ukraine”

“In Multi-Ethnic Kazakhstan, Fears of Becoming the Next Ukraine” The Washington Post, May 3, 2015, p.A14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-kazakhstan-fears-of-becoming-the-next-ukraine/2015/05/01/10f7e73c-e878-11e4-8581-633c536add4b_story.html “A volatile mix building in Kazakhstan contains the same ingredients that ignited in Ukraine: a Russian minority that says it fears being under … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Burundi Unraveling?

May 1, 2015 by Darius  This week’s street protests in Burundi are being met with an increasingly violent response.  The country is on the verge of unraveling in the run-up to a presidential election.  Hundreds of students have sought refuge at … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “A Resurgence of Troubles for an Afghan Minority”

“A Resurgence of Troubles for an Afghan Minority” The Washington Post, April 9, 2015, p.A10 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/after-suffering-under-the-taliban-an-afghan-minority-faces-new-threats/2015/04/08/035e1c4a-d71b-11e4-bf0b-f648b95a6488_story.html “Inside the two seized buses, terrified passengers prayed to remain in their seats.  The masked gunmen had collected their identification cards and snatched their cellphones, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Next Test for Afghanistan?”

“The Next Test for Afghanistan?” The Washington Post, February 13, 2015, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/as-the-us-mission-winds-down-afghan-insurgency-grows-more-complex/2015/02/12/99eab761-d5f0-4046-86ee-7e757b65dd01_story.html “The Taliban in this northern province allows girls to attend school.  It doesn’t execute soldiers or police.  Its fighters are not Pashtun, the main ethnic group that bred … Continue reading

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