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Iraq neighbourhood watch update

A neighbourhood like the Middle East doesn’t encourage friendly neighbourly-like behaviour, but being nice is certainly not in fashion at the moment. With the Arab spring crawling along the ground bloodied and bruised, some faces have changed, but not enough … Continue reading

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The “Monkey Master” fable – Why the Arab Revolution caught on

  In his book “From Dictatorship to Democracy”, Gene Sharp uses a famous Chinese fable to explain why people tolerate oppressive dictatorships for so long. A Fourteenth Century Chinese parable by Liu-Ji, for example, outlines the neglected understanding of political … Continue reading

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The dilemma of US troop withdrawal – good or bad?

So it seems that President Obama is dead-set on keeping to his word of removing all ‘combat’ troops from Iraq by end of August and apparently the rest of the military presence by end of 2011. His meeting on Wednesday … Continue reading

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$300m for 6 hotels in 7 months – why can’t the rest of Iraq’s problems be solved like this

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, announced yesterday that Iraq will be spending $300m to refurbish the top 6 hotels in the capital Baghdad in time for the Arab League summit at the end of March 2011. While I’m sure … Continue reading

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