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Obama in the Gulf: Opportunity in Troubled Relations

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by James M. Dorsey

President Barak Obama has a challenge and an opportunity when he meets this week first with Saudi King Salman and then with the leaders of the six Gulf states. His challenge is to manage increasingly fundamentally diverging policy differences. His opportunity is to push for political and social change given that the United States’ alliance with Saudi Arabia is unlikely to revert to the status ante quo at a time that the kingdom confronts existential threats.

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Truth is the First Casualty of War: Nagorno-Karabakh and Media Misinformation

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A foreign correspondent is someone who flies around from hotel to hotel and thinks the most interesting thing about any story is the fact that he has arrived to cover it.”—Tom Stoppard (“Night and Day”)

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Transformation: A Student-Led Mass Political Movement

Student-Led Mass Political Movement

The 2016 presidential race is evolving into one of the most exciting (and dangerous) political events in American history. With an avowed socialist challenging the New Democrats and a narcissist billionaire confronting the establishment Republicans there will be, undoubtedly, tens of millions of disgruntled voters following the election.

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Squaring the Circle

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I like the President of the State of Israel, Reuven -"Rubi"- Rivlin. I like him very much. This may seem a bit strange, since he is a man of the Right. He is a member of the Likud party. He believes in what is called in Hebrew "the whole of the Land of Israel".

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In the Panama Capers we Trust

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Apparently, if you’ve seen the news, the leaked Panama Papers [1], from the “tight lipped” (Economist) Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, are spilling the beans on the details of what the rich, powerful and greedy “beyond avarice” get up to with unseemly amounts of dosh, in 214,488 offshore tax havens.

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