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Globalization has not reached Somalia, but ‘junglification’ has

Globalization has not reached Somalia, but ‘junglification’ has

 

Considering the violent political unrest in various parts of the world, many accept the claim that the 21st century will go down in history as a period of global reorder, perpetual insecurity and bloodshed. If the grim headlines of the first decade could be taken as forecasts of the storms …

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Brazil’s World Cup and the True Voice of the BRICS

Brazil’s World Cup and the True Voice of the BRICS

It appears that when the world was praising the BRICS nations a few years ago, that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were seen as the countries that would dominate the world economy in the future, and that any opportunity to link a company or organization to these mega-economies …

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Candid Discussions: Eric Margolis on the End of NATO Mission in Afghanistan

Candid Discussions: Eric Margolis on the End of NATO Mission in Afghanistan

Eric Margolis is an American-born award-winning and internationally syndicated columnist. With three decades of reporting from the world’s hotspots in the Middle East, Southwest and Central Asia, Mr. Margolis is considered a veteran of many conflicts. His articles have appeared in major Western and Asian newspapers. Mr. Margolis is …

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Reaffirmation of Islamic Philanthropy: a reflection

Reaffirmation of Islamic Philanthropy: a reflection


“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ― Albert Pike
 
A few years ago, while wearing a different hat, I was invited to speak at an event hosted by U.N. Millennium …

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China’s State-Run Media Slam Hong Kong Democracy Activists for U.S. Visit

China’s State-Run Media Slam Hong Kong Democracy Activists for U.S. Visit

China’s state-run media have gone on the attack against two leading Hong Kong democracy activists for their recent visit to the United States. Martin Lee and Anson Chan visited Washington and New …

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Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong Democracy Gains Boost in Washington with Activist Visit

Hong Kong democracy activists gained a boost in Washington last week with a visit to the capital by Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders Martin Lee and Anson Chan. Lee is the founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, Chan is the former Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong, …

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Tunisia Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Tunisia Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This past week, radical Islam reared its ugly head again, this time in a seaside suburb of Tunis.  On Monday afternoon, the National Guard was called in to investigate a reported terrorist hideout in the Raoued suburb of Tunis.  The 24-hour standoff that ensued resulted in the death of seven …

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Taking stock of democracy

Taking stock of democracy

The struggle to establish and maintain stable democracies continues the world over. As I have said many times before, no one ever said democracy is easy or simple, but it provides the best opportunities for freedom and prosperity (also see Churchill’s view of democracy in my “about the author” script). …

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Turning the Tide: Three Years Later Tunisia Is Still the Forerunner of the Arab Spring

Turning the Tide: Three Years Later Tunisia Is Still the Forerunner of the Arab Spring

On January 9, Ali Larayedh dutifully resigned as the Prime Minister of Tunisia, fulfilling his promise to end the political deadlock in Tunisia following the crises that ensued as a result of the assassination of secular politician, Mohamed Brahmi in July 2013. Although strikes and protests have plagued …

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Democracy in Hong Kong: A Key Asia-Pacific Issue for 2014

Democracy in Hong Kong: A Key Asia-Pacific Issue for 2014

2014 began in Hong Kong with a New Year’s Day march for democracy that drew thousands into the streets in protest against Beijing’s efforts to limit democratic rights in the former British colony. Unless demands are …

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Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt

Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt


There are many—both in the East and the West—who have been confidently betting on the overt plan to marginalize, and, in due course, eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) as a sociopolitical movement. In light of the on-going vicious Ikhwanophobia and emboldened brutality of the coup regime, …

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Tear Down This Firewall: Challenging Internet Censorship in China

Tear Down This Firewall: Challenging Internet Censorship in China

Chinese government censorship is a core concern for democracy promotion efforts in China. All media in China, including newspapers, television, and the internet, are strictly controlled by the Chinese government for the very purpose of preventing democracy promotion. There may be little that democracy advocates can do to challenge the …

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African youth perceptions of the U.S.

African youth perceptions of the U.S.

 
Being an American professor living in Africa and teaching international relations, I have been involved in numerous debates about my country and its foreign policy. Obviously you get your mix, some pro-U.S. and some not.
To try and make better sense of the situation, I decided to embark on a little …

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Whither Bulgaria?

Whither Bulgaria?

For nearly four months now Bulgaria’s major cities have witnessed the country’s largest protests in over 16 years. Calling for greater transparency, less corruption, a robust campaign against organized crime, and the resignation of the entire government, protestors have gathered by the thousands, taking to the streets daily to voice …

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The Politics of Political Islam

The Politics of Political Islam

I don’t know who deserves the attribution as far as the coining is concerned, I only know—like the terms Islamism, sharia, and jihad — so-called political Islam is a loaded term that stirs storms of controversy. Despite that baggage, it is the prevalent concept that defines all political …

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