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Can Oil Companies in Iraq Avoid Incidents like Schlumberger’s?

Dozens of angry Shia Muslim workers stormed the Schlumberger Ltd camp in Basra, Iraq last week after a British employee took down a flag that was placed on the company’s car to commemorate the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, Prophet … Continue reading

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If You Understand the U.S Policy toward Syria, Please Stand Up

After a bewildering week of events and non events, no one can honestly say they know what is going on with our policy in or toward Syria. Perhaps most people are already bored and the news media has returned to … Continue reading

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Money Makes a Midget a Giant – The case of Qatar

This past week a change in the regime of Qatar has initiated a number of stories about the Arab “magic kingdom.” This is a tribal state, a family fiefdom in which only one out of five people who live there … Continue reading

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Sunni versus Shi’a

There can be little doubt that the political conflict that convulses the Arab and Islamic world is that of the Shi’a -Sunni conflict. It has superseded the near century of the Arab-Israeli  conflict. While many of the  Western academics and … Continue reading

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Turkey and Erdogan

 The Alevi are a salient aspect to the  troubles in Turkey. The Gezi park area is an area inhabited by a large community of Alevis.  Some years ago a series of drive- by shootings left a number of Alevis dead … Continue reading

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Erdogan, Obama’s poster boy as a model for Islamist democracy

Turkey’s Erdogan and President Obama share one very important personal attribute. Both have a surfeit of megalomania.  Erdogan pictured himself as the Sultan of the new Ottoman empire, sheltering the hapless Arabs under his protective wing. He thought that by … Continue reading

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