Month: November 2018

Recap: What are the Saudi reforms?

With all that’s going on recently, it’s important to clarify some previously made points about the Saudi Arabian reforms.

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The Betrayal of the Statist Left

The Iraq War catastrophe happened thanks to a coalition of right-wingers, but ultimately the Iraq War broke the Left. Many leftists today are unable to think about foreign policy or about the Middle East beyond the prism of the Iraq War, as if history stopped in 2003. Leftism is supposed to be about support for…

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Racists in the Human Rights Community

If you’re born in a country that, at the moment of your birth, already grants you your fundamental rights, you’re already more privileged than over half the population of the planet. Other people elsewhere have to literally die so that their children get a shot at these rights. I recognize of course that many countries…

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Big Mustache – a Tale of Arab World Governance

I was struck by a recent report in the LA Times – some residents of Mukalla, al-Qaeda’s former capital in southern Yemen, express nostalgia for the terror group. How is it that groups such as al-Qaeda continue to outdo local governments in providing basic services? The answer is governance. Governance is key to deal with…

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