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2011 Outlook

I’m a little late in my annual new years outlook blog post, but better late than never! As you might have noticed, 2011 promises to be full of turbulence, at least the first two quarters. Economies have not recovered enough and political turbulence is rampant. This past month is a sneak preview of what else […]

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Strategic Communication with the Muslim Community

Strategic communication recently made the news because of a column Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staff wrote for the Joint Forces Quarterly. His basic point was that by making it an organizing item, strategic communication has become a goal in itself, rather than being a process to enable the larger objectives. […]

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Irony in Politics: John Yettaw is Released

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia went to Myanmar (not officially representing the US) and secured the release of John Yettaw– the man who was sentenced to 7 years for violating Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest terms. The irony is that Aung San Suu Kyi has not been released, but the American who swam across […]

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Saudi Arabia

Should Liberty be the Price of Safety in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia takes national security very seriously. In 2003, after Al-Qaeda affiliates launched three successful attacks on expatriate compounds and several failed ones on Saudi government facilities, the country cracked down very hard on militants, suspected militants, political activists, dissidents, supporters and basically anyone it wanted to. The Human Rights Watch recently issued a report […]

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A Tale of Extreme Journalism in North Korea

Yesterday’s post was about the three American hikers/journalists/tourists that wandered into Iran. Today is a new day with (almost) the same story being repeated, except this involves two American journalists who wandered illegally into North Korea, another country with which the US does not have diplomatic ties. Sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, the […]

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Global Economy

2009 Gloom & Doom Update: Suicide Rates on the Rise

One of the side effects of the worsening global economy and unemployment is the increase in suicides and suicide attempts. The numbers of cases (high profile and of “normal people“) being reported has increased significantly. Asian economies like South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong have all reported increases and are planning for more. South Korea […]

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