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Drop in oil prices may trigger unintended consequences

The price of oil took another hit, signaling that oil prices are going to stay low for the foreseeable future.  Crude oil prices fell sharply on the commodity market on Monday. By 1500 hours New York time, the price of Brent crude oil had fallen… Keep Reading

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Crimea crisis escalates after Russian Ukrainian naval incident

With a naval engagement, wounded seamen, and a Ukrainian election looming, Russia and Ukraine’s recent clash off the Crimean Peninsula threatens war. Events continue to escalate between Russia and Ukraine. In the past 48 hours the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) Border… Keep Reading

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A Veterans Day call to a nation divided

Just over two months after the funeral of John McCain, in what was likely the greatest moment of bipartisanship in years, post midterm elections show that this spirit of national unity seems more bygone than ever. The line weaving through the serpentine in front of the… Keep Reading

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China’s diplomacy efficiently flatters small states

In comparing and contrasting U.S. and Chinese diplomacy, China is able to catch more flies with honey. China’s investment first, ask questions later approach offers politicians the opportunity to pass any consequences of relations with China off to their successors. For China, diplomacy is often… Keep Reading

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Military Industrial Simple

A two decade taxpayer-subsidised merger & acquisition spree has turned the Military Industrial Complex into something that would be totally unrecognizable to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.   In 2017, Lockheed accrued $35 billion in defense contracts, relative to $21 billion from its nearest competitor, Boeing.… Keep Reading

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War in Yemen: Arms industry outsourcing amid increasing media scrutiny

Saudi Arabia is in the hot seat after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi finally bringing the war in Yemen front and center. With the political foment endangering further weapon sales to the Saudi Kingdom, some defense companies have already opened manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia. The… Keep Reading

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The Right Response to the Death of Jamal Khashoggi

Opinion | Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is not an isolated incident but part of a pattern of reckless and destructive behavior by the Saudi Kingdom that includes ongoing support for extremist groups, the war in Yemen, and activities directly at odds with the West. The grisly… Keep Reading

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Little choice for Russia and China but to link up

For years, China and Russia have been making a show of seeking closer ties, but it has been more style than substance. Will the U.S. – China trade war kick the relationship into overdrive? Two years ago, China and Russia reached an agreement to link… Keep Reading

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Welcome to Jordan! A Return of Hope and Dignity

Trapped in a game of geostrategic chess, Jordan stands as a buffer in a region with little stability. Part 3 of a 3 part series. [Part 1 | Part 2] The Jordanian economy is beyond crippled and is heading towards insolvency. Amidst a weakening financial… Keep Reading

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Lebanon, an arms trading hub for Iran, and everyone else

Lebanon distinguishes itself in the Middle East – a state too weak to stop arms trafficking, but not so weak as to descend into chaos. Both sides of the Syrian Civil War capitalized on this and, as the predilection extends into the war in Yemen,… Keep Reading

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Zimbabwe’s Election – Is there a path ahead?

OPINION: Since its inception Zimbabwe has been a divided country. Yet after the recent elections there may be hope, provided a ‘healthy’ opposition can rise to the occasion. President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (“ED”) recently penned an op-ed in The Guardian titled, “As president, here’s what I want… Keep Reading

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Welcome to Jordan! A Den of Spies and Fajitas for Dinner

Trapped in a game of geostrategic chess, Jordan stands as a buffer in a region with little stability. Part 2 in a 3 part series. [Part 1] One of my oldest and dearest friends “The Consultant” decided to surprise me in Amman. I had known… Keep Reading

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Critics of India’s ruling government rounded up in raids

Civil society groups in India are outraged, accusing the government of arresting activists to punish and ward off political dissent. Indian police have arrested five people for alleged links to Maoist Rebels. Rights groups have listed the arrested: lawyer Vernon Gonsalves, communist poet Varavara Rao,… Keep Reading

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