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July 3, 2015
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MIDDLE EAST


The Tahrir Forum
The issues this week’s terror menu raises
Rami G. Khouri

Identifying more honestly the combination of reasons that drive ordinary citizens into the arms of killers has stumped Arab and Western authorities for decades, though any Arab teenager could probably explain in five minutes what ails them, and channels some of them into criminal acts.

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The Tahrir Forum
After Ramadi, Militias in the Lead
Kirk H. Sowell

The fall of Ramadi on May 17 has had two key repercussions, neither of which will be reversed by simply retaking lost ground.

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Africa


The Tahrir Forum
Is Joint Militarism Really the Answer?
Rami G. Khouri

This is the moment to ponder whether excessive reliance on militarism as a response to political and ideological disagreements is in fact the appropriate solution, or actually one of the causes of the problems we face.

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Essay
Bram Fischer's Legacy
Sir Nicholas Stadlen

Nelson Mandela’s leadership steered South Africa to the end of apartheid rule. But the remarkable rapprochement between the races can be traced to Mandela’s friendship with an Afrikaner Nationalist who helped save the country.

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Essay
After the Fall of Saigon
Ngo Vinh Long

The Vietnam War lasted twenty years and cost the lives of more than two million Vietnamese and 58,000 U.S. troops. In the forty years since the Communist victory and American defeat, a surprising friendship has followed.

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Book review
The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology
Neil Bhatiya

Probing the global implications of China’s clean energy technologies

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Americas


Essay
#BlackLivesMatter
Reverend Charles Williams II

Conservative backlash against Barack Obama and continuing police brutality against blacks indicates the country's legacy of slavery has not been overcome.

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Essay
Constitutional Stories
Aaron Mills

Why are Canadians so ambivalent about the living conditions imposed on the country’s indigenous peoples, whose political communities survive despite being colonized and disempowered? A report from Turtle Island.

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Europe


Essay
On the State of Nature
Graham Harman

Hobbes saw life as nasty and brutish, while Rousseau argued humans lack inherent differences in power and strength. A better framework for understanding division in modern politics: Truth Politics versus Power Politics.

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Essay
Putin the Spoiler
Lilia Shevtsova

With his undeclared war on Ukraine, the Russian president destroyed the post-Cold War system of mutual security commitments. In a quest to sustain his power, “Mr. Nobody” has released forces that he cannot contain.

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