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How civil wars evolve - MIT News Office

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Category: World

From www.mit.edu

Contrary to the common perception, political alliances during civil wars are not formed along immutable religious, ethnic or linguistic lines, according to the research of MIT political scientist Fotini Christia.

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The Wilson Quarterly: India’s Feckless Elite by Sadanand Dhume

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Category: World

From www.wilsonquarterly.com

Flagging growth isn’t the only cause for concern. Foreign direct investment plummeted 67 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, to $4.4 billion. The rupee has spent much of 2012 touching historic new lows.

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Territorial disputes: How much of the Earth is claimed by multiple countries? - Slate Magazine

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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Category: World

From www.slate.com

Japan and South Korea are locked in a territorial dispute over two tiny, barely inhabited islands in the Sea of Japan. Japan has a territorial dispute with China, and China is involved in a number of territorial disputes with India.

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The story of Taiwan’s last sword maker

Monday, October 22, 2012
Category: World

From www.humansinvent.com

Master Kuo uses the traditional technique of adding human bone to the blade whilst it is being forged, which he takes from the cemetery with permission from the respected families of the deceased. The phosphorous in the bone, which is added to the blade of iron and steel while it is being softened at 1,300 degrees, is purported to remove the impurities from the metal.

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The Swingers’ Guide To Islam

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Category: World

From www.theglobalmail.org

Gunung Kemukus, a mass ritual of adultery and sex, is going on in the middle of Java, the demographic heart of the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Of course, the ritual isn’t Islam as most would recognise it.

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Party seems over for Somali pirates

Monday, October 15, 2012
Category: World

From news.yahoo.com

Somali pirates hijacked 46 ships in 2009 and 47 in 2010, the European Union Naval Force says. In 2011, pirates launched a record number of attacks — 176 — but commandeered only 25 ships, an indication that new on-board defenses were working.

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Dead or Alive by Steve Coll The New York Review of Books

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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Category: World

From www.nybooks.com

The raid seems certain to join the likes of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and Adolf Hitler’s suicide as a staple of popular and even scholarly history; it would be useful not to seed the initial record with errors and misunderstanding.

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Colonised and coloniser, empire′s poison infects us all George Monbiot Comment is free The Guardian

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Category: World

From www.guardian.co.uk

Over the gates of Auschwitz were the words "Work Makes You Free". Over the gates of the Solovetsky camp in Lenin′s gulag: "Through Labour " Freedom!". Over the gates of the Ngenya detention camp, run by the British in Kenya: "Labour and Freedom".

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Is Islam an Obstacle to Democracy? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Category: World

From www.nytimes.com

As Arab populations “pursue values like freedom, justice, equality, autonomy and pluralism, and new models of democracy and of international relations,” the scholar Tariq Ramadan wrote in The New York Times this week, “they need to draw on Islamic traditions.

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Morsi, Obama, and the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Category: World

From www.thedailybeast.com

For America, the irony of the rise of Mohamed Morsi is that this colorless functionary of the Muslim Brotherhood is the first Egyptian ruler steeped in American ways. His doctorate in engineering comes from the University of Southern California, which he earned in 1982.

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