Political Headwinds Around The World

The victories of the Socialist candidate (Hollande) in France, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate (Morsi) in Egypt, the PRI candidate (Neito) in Mexico signal global exhaustion after a decade of transnational economic decline and an international focus on fighting terrorism.  People are
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What Can We Learn?

The election that resulted in the historic win for Aung San Suu Kyi, marks a significant shift in the political future for Myanmar.  Also known as Burma, this country has signaled a willingness to embrace a democratic reform at such a pace that can only be called breathtaking. Suu Kyi
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Afghanistan good’nuf

There has been a phrase in use in Afghanistan for several years now.  This phrase captures the stated objectives for the overall mission.  This phrase represents the real objective, over and against the publicly stated objectives.  The phrase is “Afghanistan good enough“. 
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Yankin’ Your Chain

Please, everyone stop with the game set in place by Rush Limbaugh.  As an old friend of mine used to say, “He’s yankin’ your chain“.  But it is more than that, Limbaugh is manipulating; and doing a fine job at that. Limbaugh need not be given the platform to &#
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Women in Combat?

Rick Santorum, one of the candidates vying for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, ventured in to the “women in combat” issue with the following, “I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not
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What Price Would You Pay for Freedom?

In Syria, the price for freedom is one’s life. I attended a function this weekend for the Syrian American Council where the pragmatic view of the battle for freedom in Syria was sobering. The key speaker, Mr. Mohammad Al Abdallah was matter of fact when he said, “This is w
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Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia-the Middle East Triangle

The Middle East is a complex arrangement of nation-states with different identities and religious expressions.  Directly impacting the cultural complexities is the reality of geo-strategic interest.  At the start of 2012, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are central to the growing tensio
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Perspective

Perspective… Sometimes it is all about perspective.  The CNN photo blog highlighted people in Hong Kong who live in cages. The cage is their home and the opportunities to change that address are non-existent. http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/08/hong-kongs-poor-living-in-ca
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Democracy, Culture, and Capitalism

Let’s be clear.  Democracy is a governing system, the form of which in the United States has supported free expression in the market and business sectors. The United States had the great advantage of timing…as a new nation in the latter part of the 18th century it formed a
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