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Archive | May, 2011

Botswanans on Strike

Yes, of course Botswana’s public sector strike hurts the poor disproportionately. In Botswana, as in just about everywhere, the poor outnumber everyone else. But to assert that public sector strikes harm them disproportionately is to not be curious as to whether or not decisions by those against whom …

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GailForce: Afghanistan Update

I’ve been off the blogging sphere for a while and consequently am playing catch up.  Been training for a 25 bicycle race.  Every Memorial Day weekend people come from all over the country to my small town in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and race through the mountains against the train …

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Report: Increased water stress contributing to land grabs, unrest

Report: Increased water stress contributing to land grabs, unrest


A new report on global water stress out last week from the British risk assessment firm Maplecroft highlights countries at “extreme risk” for water shortage, declaring, “current and future water availability as one of the foremost global challenges.”
Nine of the top ten countries on …

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On Memorial Day, Let's Honor the Memory of Those Who Have Served

On Memorial Day, Let's Honor the Memory of Those Who Have Served

Here in America, a lot of us are aware of what Memorial Day stands for – it formally commemorates the men and women who fought and died while in military service. However, too often, it’s simply summer’s annual kick-off, and the official start to vacation season.
Once upon a time, Memorial …

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Paul Theroux's "When We" Problem

I have always had a somewhat ambivalent relationship with the travel writings of Paul Theroux. On the one hand he is (usually) a graceful writer and an intrepid traveler. The best travel writing transports the reader to a place he or she has never been and may never be, or …

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Divergence: The US-Pakistan Dichotomy & Radical Alternatives (Part II)

If we are able to recognize that US foreign policy in respect to instability in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India is irrational due to the absence of a ‘necessary but not sufficient’ condition – bolstering of Pakistan’s strategic advantages over India – then the easy part is done.  Crafting a foreign …

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Foreign Investment and the PAC 2: Accelerating Brazil's Growth

Foreign Investment and the PAC 2: Accelerating Brazil's Growth

Accelerate Brazil on May 26th and 27th is a forum for anyone who is interested in one of the biggest foreign investment projects to exist in Latin America in generations. The Accelerate Brazil Infrastructure and Investment Expo-Forum is an exhibition for foreign investors who wish to learn about what …

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Arab Spring makes its impact felt in 2011 Global Peace Index

The world has become less peaceful in 2011, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI). This is the third consecutive year that the GPI, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), has shown a decline in the levels of world peace.
The 2011 Index dramatically reflects the impact …

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“Early Presidential Elections” the only way forward according to President Saleh

The Following piece is written by a Yemeni-based journalist who writes for the Foreign Policy Blogs network and, due to serious security concerns, remains anonymous.
In a Friday speech, just ahead of Yemen National Day, President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced that he was in support of early Presidential elections. He also …

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And the Winner is….Iran

And the Winner is….Iran

This piece was written by Lisa Daftari. Lisa Daftari is a California-based journalist and commentator and a regular Fox News contributor, specializing in counter-terrorism and Iranian affairs. She can be reached via http://www.lisadaftari.com/
A week after President Obama’s Middle East speech, it has become increasingly evident that although there was much …

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The Syrian Match

Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad might soon face a firing squad of U.S. missiles, fighter jets and aircraft carriers in the wake of hundreds, if not thousands, of murders on the streets of Damascus and throughout the country. While Assad’s actions might lead to sanctions or another non-military response, the …

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India Boosts Ties with Africa, AU

India Boosts Ties with Africa, AU


This week the second ever Africa-India Summit took place, with New Delhi signaling that it was committed to doing business with the continent and supporting both national and regional development.
Trade between India and Africa amounted to roughly $46 billion in 2010, but the partners aim to increase

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The Poverty of Microfinance

The Poverty of Microfinance

In a recent piece which appeared on this website, fellow Southeast Asian blogger Rohan Poojara remarked on the potential which microloans could have on the economy of Indonesia, a country suffering from staggering levels of unemployment amongst its youth and which typically has difficulty in obtaining the …

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My Interview With Tim Gallimore, Former Spokesman for the ICTR Prosecutor

Last month I attended a panel discussion called “Post Genocide Rwanda: Inventing Structures of Hope” at Brown University’s Arts in One World conference.  One speaker in particular, Tim Gallimore, had much to say that I wanted to share with my Law and Security Strategy readers.  So I interviewed him.  …

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Brazil’s So-Called ‘Racial Democracy’: Beneath the Illusive ‘Progressive Rug’

Brazil’s So-Called ‘Racial Democracy’: Beneath the Illusive ‘Progressive Rug’


Dilma Rousseff’s (PT) victory over centre-right candidate José Serra (PSDB) last October transformed Lula’s former Chief of Staff into the first female President in Brazil’s history. It is fair to say that Rousseff’s victory gained ample international media attention for two central reasons: first, the “economic marvel” of Brazil’s …

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