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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Islamic Scholar, Hamza Yusuf Refutes ISIS Claims

I find this article, by Hamza Yusuf to be credible.  This author,  an Islamic scholar comports with my stance on ISIS/ISIL.  Too much that is being written is not well researched and promotes dangerous beliefs.  There are those who continue to link ISIS to a version of Islam, but the
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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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2015 State of the Union Address. Framing the narrative

(Because Out of the Box International enjoys readers from around the world, I will provide a bit of context for the State of the Union address in the United States. This post will consider Presentation followed by subsequent posts on the Domestic agenda, and the Foreign policy agenda.
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U.S.Domestic Policy Issues from SOTU 2015

When compared to economic recoveries in other nation-states in the world,  there is much to be optimistic about when looking at the U.S. recovery. After 7 years of economic despair, and more importantly financial disorder, the Obama Administration is seizing  the opportunity to take c
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Foreign Policy Issues. SOTU 2015

Mr. Obama pivoted in his 2015 SOTU  speech to some of the most weighty foreign policy matters by stating, “I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we
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Stunning But Not Surprising

The headlines today from Egypt are stunning but not surprising.  The removal of President Morsi from the office of the presidency by the military was signaled as soon as the 48 hour deadline was given.  The military had tipped their hand by giving Morsi the opportunity to resign befor
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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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It’s Summer

It’s SUMMER  and there are serious topics to be addressed. Serious topics abound:  the Obama/Romney presidential race is a regular sandbox fight-every week someone is throwing sand at some one else.   The U.S. economy remains precarious with uncertainty on the horizon.   Syria i
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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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