Is it Really News When Putin “Goes Missing”?

Yes, it really is actually news, but first let me explain a few things. Oh, the fun that was had during the 10 or so days when it was “news” that Mr. Putin had not been seen in public for quite some time.  The memes on Twitter, the images that were photoshopped to mockingly reveal Mr.
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Why Yemen May Become The Most Powerful Story in the GME

Using a stream of videos showing the horrific murder of Egyptian Christians, once again put ISIS/ISIL in the headlines.  And while the world is watching the atrocities of the ISIS/ISIL propaganda machine, a more powerful story may yet emerge out of the Arabian Peninsula.  In the south
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The Nimble Mr. Morsi-Egypt’s New President

President Mohamed Morsi[1] is exhibiting surprising nimbleness on both Egypt’s  domestic front as well as on the international stage.  His public dressing-down last week of the Assad government signaled Morsi’s willingness to support the on-going toppling of autocratic reg
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Iraq as Prelude for Afghanistan. (Or…Bigfoot is a Myth)

The Middle East remains a region of consequence for the entire world as the catastrophe in Syria unfolds and the gamesmanship between Israel and Iran continues.  Both conflicts hold radiating consequences for the E.U., Russia, China, the U.S. and an endless number of nation-states.  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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What is going on with Iran?

During the holiday slow-down at the end of 2011 I was asked many times, “What is going on with Iran?” Well, that is a complex question;one that requires a long answer. Iran is playing the geo-strategic board game of posturing and positioning. Hard-liners within the governm
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Sentence of US Hikers in Iran

The report out of Iran this weekend was disappointing- to say the least! The sentence of the U.S. hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to eight years under the charges of illegal entry and espionage was unexpected. The chatter out of Iran had been that the two were likely to be released
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