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Saudi Arabia Fears Spread Of Shi'ite Protests In Country

Saudi Arabia Fears Spread Of Shi'ite Protests In Country

On July 8, 2012, Saudi security forces the Shi'ite city of 'Awamiya (in Al-Qatif governorate in the country's Eastern Province) arrested senior Shi'ite cleric Nimr Bakr Al-Nimr. As on several occasions in the past, he was arrested for sedition after directing harsh criticism and invective at the ...

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Financial Markets, Politics and the New Reality

Financial Markets, Politics and the New Reality

Louis M. Bacon is the head of Moore Capital Management, one of the largest and most influential hedge funds in the world. Last week, he announced that he was returning one quarter of his largest fund, about $2 billion, to his investors. The reason he gave to The New York Times was that he had found ...

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The Mega Mosques Boom

The Mega Mosques Boom

Murfreesboro, a city in the heart of Tennessee, and, Marseille, France’s second-largest city and its largest city on the Mediterranean coast, have few things in common. The two cities are separated by nearly 5,000 miles, and by equally wide divisions of language and culture. And yet Murfreesboro ...

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The Election, the Presidency and Foreign Policy

The Election, the Presidency and Foreign Policy

The American presidency is designed to disappoint. Each candidate must promise things that are beyond his power to deliver. No candidate could expect to be elected by emphasizing how little power the office actually has and how voters should therefore expect little from him. So candidates promise ...

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Decline In Hizbullah's Status In Lebanon

Decline In Hizbullah's Status In Lebanon

There has been a tangible decline lately in Hizbullah's political and public standing in Lebanon. This is evident, for example, in attacks and provocations of unprecedented boldness made by Ahmad Al-Asir, a Salafi sheikh from Sidon, against the organization and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah; in the ...

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Consequences of the Fall of the Syrian Regime

Consequences of the Fall of the Syrian Regime

We have entered the endgame in Syria. That doesn't mean that we have reached the end by any means, but it does mean that the precondition has been met for the fall of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. We have argued that so long as the military and security apparatus remain ...

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Collapse Of The Assad Regime: Kayhan Calls On Assad To Fight Israel

Collapse Of The Assad Regime: Kayhan Calls On Assad To Fight Israel

On July 21, 2012, in its editorial, the Iranian daily Kayhan, a mouthpiece of the Iranian regime that is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, called on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to fight Israel, with Tehran's backing, on the grounds that Israel was responsible for the ...

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Collapse Of The Assad Regime: Iranian Threats to Wage War on Israel

Collapse Of The Assad Regime: Iranian Threats to Wage War on Israel

Regional Repercussions: Part I

As fighting against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad intensified, Iranian and Arab spokesmen warned that Assad's collapse would trigger an Iranian reaction against Israel, mainly by means of Hizbullah. They said the Syrian crisis was directly linked to ...

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The Paradox of China's Naval Strategy

The Paradox of China's Naval Strategy

Over the past decade, the South China Sea has become one of the most volatile flashpoints in East Asia. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan each assert sovereignty over part or all of the sea, and these overlapping claims have led to diplomatic and even military standoffs ...

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