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Could the Arab Spring improve multiculturalism's vital signs?

A judge ruled today that the trial of controversial Dutch minister Geert Wilders trail can resume in two weeks. Wilders has compared the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. “I’ve had enough of Islam in the Netherlands – ban that fascist book,” he said. In fact he was wrung up on both comments individually; the judge […]

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About a Bubble, Part-1

About a Bubble, Part-1

About the Stock Market crash and the lurking housing bubble in Bangladesh. Part 1 of a series of articles on the subject.

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The Economic and Energy Policy Fallout of the Japanese Earthquake for SE Asia

The Economic and Energy Policy Fallout of the Japanese Earthquake for SE Asia

The world’s shock at the loss of life and destruction to property in NE Japan was soon eclipsed by the worry associated with the possibility of an impending nuclear disaster.  While the global community feels for the double whammy that struck Japan and is rallying around the nation, concerns about the short and long-term effects […]

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India and Pakistan Peace Talks: First Step Towards Mumbai Bombing Investigation?

India and Pakistan Peace Talks: First Step Towards Mumbai Bombing Investigation?

On March 29, 2011, India and Pakistan concluded bilateral talks in New Delhi which are expected to lead to a formal investigation into the Mumbai terror attacks. The talks were the first formal dialogue since the 2008 attacks, which halted the two countries’ highly unstable peace process and stunted the joint terror investigation. Pakistan has […]

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On Brief Blogging Hiatus

I’ll be away this week, so despite all that’s going on in the world, I’ll have to wait until next week to write about it.  Good thing the rest of the FPA-o-sphere is doing such a good job of covering everything!  Until next week…

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Protests in Syria

PROTESTS IN SYRIA While the NATO intervention in Libya continues, protests in Arabian Peninsula spreads to Syria after Yemen and Bahrain; against President Bashar al-Assad who ruled the country more than three decades after his father Hafez al-Assad’s regime. The Assads originally came from an elite minority in Syria which established itself first in top […]

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EU Security Policy Disintegrates Over Libya

EU Security Policy Disintegrates Over Libya

Okay, I’m ready to reconsider my previous criticism of Catherine Ashton and her seeming fecklessness on hammering out a common EU foreign policy. Though it’s been clear since the Libyan crisis began that EU coordination has been disorganized at best, this summary from Deutsche Presse-Agenteur demonstrates that any hope for a coherent security policy, in […]

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Chinese Responses to the 2011 Japanese Sendai (Tohoku) Earthquake

Chinese Responses to the 2011 Japanese Sendai (Tohoku) Earthquake

A couple of weeks ago, our colleague, Adam Minter wrote an article looking at  the Shanghainese response to the recent Sendai Earthquake.  It was a good read, but I wanted to flesh out the topic a bit,  expand it to the general Chinese internet blog/BBS (netizen world)  response to the earthquake.  Then, perhaps, look at […]

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Did Portugal Just Shoot Itself in the Foot?

Did Portugal Just Shoot Itself in the Foot?

So posits Teresa de Sousa, a columnist in the Portugese daily Público, anticipating yesterday’s announcement that Prime Minister José Sócrates is resigning after parliament rejected his austerity plan. De Sousa points out that the country was poised to receive favorable terms on accessing the Eurozone’s provisional rescue fund if it adopted the EU’s so-called competitiveness […]

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The Fruits of Mediterranean Dysfunction

The Fruits of Mediterranean Dysfunction

Long op-ed in La Repubblica yesterday about the failure of Europe to resolve its Mediterranean question, defined as a lack of economic integration, the ongoing immigration crisis, corruption and environmental concerns. The piece recounts the litany of declarations, conferences and organizations over the past few decades that grapple with these issues, culminating most recently with […]

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The 'Libya's About Oil' Angle

Accusations abound that the West’s intervention in Libya is all about oil.  Qaddafi has painted Western intervention as imperialist from the start of no-fly zone talks.  “The colonialist countries are hatching a plot to humiliate the Libyan people, reduce them to slavery and control the oil,” he has said.  But the Left is exploring this […]

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Libya: U.S. Still Needs Europe

Political collateral damage inflicted by the West’s military action against Libya includes the destruction of two serious misconceptions long cherished by numerous experts in Washington. The first is the idea that in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century Europe is no longer strategically important to the United States; the second the fallacious belief […]

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The New Lebanon Can't Hide the Bullet Holes

The New Lebanon Can't Hide the Bullet Holes

We landed in Beirut’s international airport at 11:30pm. It was raining. We needed two things: local currency and a taxi. Luckily, it appeared that there were upwards of thirty drivers who would have loved to take us to our hotel. Unaccustomed to haggling, we accepted a steep fare from the most persistent driver. Off we […]

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At Summit, Ireland quotes Cee-Lo to France and Germany: "Forget You"

At Summit, Ireland quotes Cee-Lo to France and Germany: "Forget You"

…and other positions of European countries explained through song in this brilliant WSJ post: “EU Politics Explained Through Song“

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Violence Produces Violence

“Violence produces violence,” said Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in his initial statement following last weekend’s Itamar attack, in which five Israeli settlers were murdered.  No one has claimed responsibility for the attack except for Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who no one seems to believe actually did it because they have claimed responsibility for things they […]

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