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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part III

April 21, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Islamism and the Rise of ISIS: Is the Middle East Exceptional?”

Oct. 14, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this month, I saw Brookings fellow Shadi Hamid talk about “Islamism and the Rise of ISIS: Is the Middle East Exceptional?” Hamid mainly discussed recent trends in political Islam in the Middle East. According … Continue reading

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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: “Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.”

“Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.” The New York Times, September 4, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/opinion/sunday/israeli-terrorists-born-in-the-usa.html?_r=0 “On July 31, in the West Bank village of Duma, 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was burned alive in a fire.  All available evidence suggests that the blaze … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: India’s Evolving Religious Makeup

Aug. 31, 2015 by Darius  Last week, newly released data from India’s 2011 census revealed a surprise: for the first time in India’s modern history, the proportion of Hindus dropped below 80%. At the same time, Muslims grew more than … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Why Evangelicals Support Israel

July 9, 2015 by Darius  US support for Israel is well known.  Less well known, though, is the fact that the segment of the US population most responsible for mobilizing pro-Israel American policy is no longer American Jews but Evangelical … 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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News You Really Need To See: “Islam and Punishment: By the Book”

“Islam and Punishment: By the Book” The Economist, July 4-10, 2015, p.51 http://www.economist.com/news/international/21656665-why-harsh-punishments-are-more-prevalent-muslim-world-book “Muslims the world over are horrified by the executions carried out by Islamic State (IS) in the name of their religion. … Yet the self-declared caliphate is not the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Last Civil Rights Frontier?

July 2, 2015 by Darius  According to a 2012 poll profiled in The New York Times recently, more than 90% of Americans would be willing to vote for a black, female, Catholic, or Jewish president.  That’s a good thing.  However, there … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Russia Sees a Threat in Its Converts to Islam”

“Russia Sees a Threat in Its Converts to Islam” The New York Times, July 2, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/world/russia-sees-a-threat-in-its-converts-to-islam.html “As a teenager in St. Petersburg, Maksim Baidak hung out with neo-Nazis and right-wing nationalists, but the Russian security services mostly left … Continue reading

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