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Does Khashoggi’s Murder Change the Middle East Calculus?

The podcast version is here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/7-does-khashoggis-murder-change-the-middle-east-calculus Six US senators have tabled a resolution to personally blame Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the crown prince and powerful leader of Saudi Arabia, for the murder of the former Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (Al … Continue reading

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Response to Jordan Peterson

The podcast for this post is available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/6-response-to-jordan-peterson-1252018 This blogpost is my commentary on Jordan Peterson’s statements made in the latest podcast with Joe Rogan. The language inside the quotes are a paraphrase, and not direct quotation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIeFt88Hm8s   … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Path to Authoritarianism

With the June 2018 general elections in Turkey, President Erdogan could extend his power further by abolishing the post of prime minister and merging it with the presidency, an important provision of a narrowly approved popular referendum in 2017. He … Continue reading

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Cambodia and the Authoritarian Past

When in July 2018 Hun Sen was re-elected as prime minister of Cambodia (serving since 1985) with 75% of all the votes and 100% of all the seats, thus becoming the undisputed authoritarian ruler having been in power since 1985, … Continue reading

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Madagascar’s Troubled Politics

As podcast in https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/4-madagascars-troubled-politics-11262018 Madagascar’s presidential election was a three-way race of three former presidents, each jousting for enough support to serve another term. They include Marc Ravalomanana (2002-9), Andry Rajoelina (2009-2013) and Hery Rajaonarimampianina (2013-2018; given his long name, … Continue reading

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The Failure of Brexit

As podcast in https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/3-failure-of-brexit-11212018 British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the draft deal she agreed with the European Union, which would keep the UK in the customs union until the end of 2020 (official exit from the EU is triggered … Continue reading

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Midterms Don’t Mean as Much as 2020

Among liberal and some moderate circles, the midterm elections have been heralded as a vitally important election to put boundaries on the Trump administration, who has attacked the press; cut taxes for the rich and corporations; cut environmental regulations; removed … Continue reading

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