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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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