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Brigadier General, Yehia Saleh Opens up on Yemen

Brigadier General, Yehia Saleh Opens up on Yemen

Brigadier General Yehia Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, one of President’s Saleh nephews and head of the Central Security Forces recently told Reuters in an interview that although he was willing to engage into talks to get Yemen out of the current political stand-off, he was also ready to “break the necks” of whoever would try to […]

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War of Words in Yemen and Contradictions

War of Words in Yemen and Contradictions

A few days ago, the London based Saudi paper, Asharq al-Awsat, published that officials in Saudi Arabia are claiming that the US and the KSA have successfully convinced President Saleh to remain in Riyadh for good. The paper further wrote that under the pressure of both of his strongest allies, the US and the KSA, […]

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President Saleh to Return to Yemen?

President Saleh to Return to Yemen?

Just as the Saudi officials announced that President Ali Abdullah Saleh was being discharged and moved to a private residence in Riyadh, the most senior Yemeni spokesman, al-Ganadi, declared that the President would be returning home before the end of Ramadan. Since Saleh failed to return to Sana’a on the anniversary of his appointment as […]

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China’s Innovation Policies – The Real Danger for the U.S Economy???

China’s Innovation Policies – The Real Danger for the U.S Economy???

U.S. experts and politicians are starting to hone into the ‘dangers’ of R&D and technology transfers to China, as the most serious long-term threat to the U.S. economy and national security.  U.S. comparative advantage (innovation and new technologies) is being undermined by outsourcing of manufacturing to China, the relocation of R&D facilities to Chinese tech-parks, […]

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Hoopla!

Bin Ladin is dead. Again. In the last ten years he has been reported “killed” at least four times. The only difference this time was that the President of the United States announced the death of the number one terrorist in the world. Above all, this time he was killed not in Tora Bora, not […]

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Clearer U.S. Position on Mubarak Pleaseeeeeeee

When I made my last post about the U.S. role in backing Mubarak, I hadn’t realized that Obama asked for “an orderly transition” that must begin “now” in Egypt. I am not changing my earlier post though. This is because it does reflect the growing general sentiment in Egypt about the U.S. role. This confusion […]

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Human Rights: Year in Review 2010

Human Rights: Year in Review 2010

At the start of every year, we celebrate and wonder what the next 365 days will bring. We know that there will be ups and downs, things we didn’t expect, public scandals we never anticipated, tragedies of some sort that will unfold on our television sets, and a whole lot of everyday distractions in between. […]

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U.S.-China JCCT – A never-ending dialogue, for an ever-expanding list of issues.

In December 14-15, Chinese officials met with their American counterpart in Washington DC for the plenary meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). This was the 21st Session of the JCCT, high level talks between U.S. and Chinese government officials intended to address the more technical trade issues of the bilateral […]

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Pakistan's Holbrooke

The news of Richard Holbrooke’s sudden death engulfed diplomatic circles in Washington with an ineffable sorrow.  His condition was reported critical but stabilizing a day earlier, as his doctors hoped for a slow recovery after a lengthy surgery to repair a tear in his aorta. But 69 year old Richard Holbrooke could not survive. Holbrooke, whose forceful style […]

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The New “Triangle” World Order – and how US, EU and China must work together to keep the global economy going.

It has to be, without a doubt, that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of communism constituted the single most transformative event of the past 40 years. Since man walked the surface of the Moon, the collapse of communism signified the predominance of ‘one’ over the ‘other.’ A New World Order […]

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Hackers Crash Tea Party?

Hackers Crash Tea Party?

It’s ten days to midterm elections in the US. Tempers are running a bit high. Now FreedomWorks, one of the larger organized vehicles driving Tea Party activism, claims to have been shut down by a “cyber attack” when they were about to start a Glenn Beck online fundraiser. The WSJ doesn’t provide many details apart […]

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India Secures Non-Permanent Seat at United Nations Security Council

India Secures Non-Permanent Seat at United Nations  Security Council

The news of India’s election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council was reported with a sense of elation by the national media. Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna referred to it as a “chance to prove worth” for the big throne indicating India’s claim for permanent membership of the Security Council. The South […]

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Lebanese Arms

The topic of Lebanese arms is in the news once again. Externally, the United States has put on hold $100 million in military aid for fear that the weapons may fall into the hands of Hizballah. Internally, Prime Minister Hariri is talking up elevated arms control in the wake of a sectarian altercation in Beirut […]

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Nasrallah makes his case

If it seems like the pace of events has been accelerating since Hassan Nasrallah announced that he expects Hizballah members to be indicted in the Hariri Tribunal, it has. Immediately, leaders from Saudi Arabia and Syria rushed to Beirut to calm the situation. Shortly after they left town, an Israeli commander was killed by the […]

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Thinking big? Start small (to medium).

Thinking big? Start small (to medium).

It’s no surprise that the “biggies”—the McDonalds, the Microsofts, the Boeings—have a MENA presence (MENA=Middle East and North Africa).  But what about small to medium enterprises? How do they even begin to take advantage of this huge (and growing) market of hundreds of millions of consumers? A great answer can be found in an article, […]

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