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  • Iraq Analysis: Prime Minister Caught Between Status Quo & A Cleric

    In Iraq, the menace of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist Movement, has reared its head again, posing serious challenges to Prime Minister Abadi and his plans for government reform. For several months, Abadi’s efforts to fight corruption and replace incompetent ministers with technocrats have faced resistance from entrenched interests from all

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  • The Art of the Deal? More of the Same!

    “There are among us today, as there always have been, those who act against the scheme of things that degrades them, and in the process of action everything we have accepted out of fear or insensitivity or ignorance is shaken before us and examined… More important, from this total questioning of what has previously been

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  • World Social Justice Day – 20 February

    In February 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared 20 February “World Social Justice Day”. The concept of social justice can be traced to ancient religions and philosophies East and West – Hinduism to Islam and Christianity, Marx and Gandhi. Arising from the Industrial Revolution and Enlightenment liberal philosophy, Harvard University philosopher John Rawls who

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  • If We Are not Going to Burn Coal is There Another Reason to Mine It?

    According to a team of researchers from Penn State University, there are rare-earth elements to be found in coal seams. This has been known for awhile but extracting them was seen as too costly to warrant the investment. But ion exchange, a chemical process, could change all that making rare-earth element extraction from coal both

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  • Repairing the Policy-Making Processes of the United States: The First Step in Improving Its Defense

    Former US Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Robert Gates explained on the January 21, 2016 Business Insider website that our military’s biggest weakness is sequestration, compounded by unpredictability in the budgeting process. Adequate and predictable funding is absolutely necessary for a successful US military. However, the US has suffered humiliating failures in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and

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  • CESRAN International is ranked among the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” and “Top Environment Policy Think Tanks”

    CESRAN International is ranked among the world’s “Best Independent Think Tanks” and “Top Environment Policy Think Tanks” by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil

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  • Predictions for 2016

    As I write, global stock markets kicked off 2016 by plunging, so much so in the case of China that stock market exchange was closed to stop selling.  The fall was prompted by all-round disappointing surveys of business activity in China, India, the US and parts of Europe. Indeed, by the end of 2015, most

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  • Review of Global Developments in 2015 and Prospects for 2016

    Introduction Top events in 2015 that shaped the world and are very likely to continue doing so include the economic slowdown not just in China and India, but in most of the world outside the US. Globalization under the neoliberal model of development continued to devastate the middle class in 2015 as it has in

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  • China: A Weird Beast

    In the light of all the controversy over whether the Chinese economy was about to collapse or suffer such a ‘hard landing’ that it would spill over into causing a new global recession, the recent conference of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) was very apposite. In this year’s conference in Leeds, England,

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  • SOCIALISM vs. CAPITALISM: Past, Present and Future

    Introduction Contemporary civilization and its progress under capitalism are measured largely, though not exclusively, by stock market indicators and the wealth index of corporations and millionaires that mainstream media celebrates. All other issues are only significant if they enhance or diminish corporate wealth. This includes the political, social, environmental issues that may either entail greater

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  • A New Wave of Turkey’s Return to the Arc of Crisis

    Turkey’s relationship with the Middle East and North Africa has been quite controversial since the very proclamation of the Republic due to the new elite’s reservations about establishing close contact with the region due to their concerns about the project of cutting ties with the Ottoman Empire not only in terms of cultural and historical

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