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Thinking Aloud: Getting Fleeced in Karachi

Sept. 28, 2015 by Darius  As part of celebrations for the holiday of Eid al-Adha last week, thousands of animals were sacrificed across the Muslim world, including Pakistan. In recent years, though, in Pakistan another seeming holiday tradition has followed … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Cartels Fracture in Mexico As Drug Kingpins Fall, And Violence Surges”

“Cartels Fracture in Mexico As Drug Kingpins Fall, And Violence Surges” The New York Times, August 13, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/world/americas/as-mexico-arrests-kingpins-cartels-splinter-and-violence-spikes.html “For years, the United States has pushed countries battling powerful drug cartels, like Mexico, to decapitate the groups by killing … 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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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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Thinking Aloud: “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” The Book

June 16, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by British author Peter Pomerantsev.  It’s a unique look into the surreal, ever-morphing system that rules Russia, seen … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Islamists or Hired Guns?

Mar. 10, 2015 by Darius After Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in Moscow last week, Russian authorities have rounded up five suspects in the case.  The suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the killings, are all Chechens.  The … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Afghan Taliban Now Smuggle Drugs and Gems Like Mafia -UN Report”

“Afghan Taliban Now Smuggle Drugs and Gems Like Mafia -UN Report” Reuters, February 11, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/11/afghanistan-taliban-report-idUSL4N0VL3YD20150211 “Afghanistan’s Taliban Islamist movement is increasingly financed by criminal enterprises including heroin laboratories, illegal ruby and emerald mines and kidnapping, making negotiated peace harder, according … Continue reading

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