Uzbekistan: President Karimov’s Illness Forces Decision on Succession

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by Joanna Lillis Only a few crumbs of information have been provided so far about the state of health of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov. The biggest bombshell was dropped on Instagram by Karimov’s daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, who revealed on August… Continue Reading  

The Colombia Accord: When Negotiations and Concessions are Necessary

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by Paul R. Pillar The peace accord between the Colombian government and the guerrilla group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC deserves our applause and our support. It makes possible the end of one of the… Continue Reading  

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

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by Ann Jones A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking… Continue Reading  

Burkas, Burkinis, Veils and Women’s Rights

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by Graham E. Fuller Symbolism matters. Especially when it comes to other people’s cultures. Most recently we see the old/new issue about Muslim women’s dress, especially now grabbing headlines in France where “Islamic beachwear” or the “burkini” (burka-bikini), has been… Continue Reading  

Saving Face in Tehran

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by Paul R. Pillar Well, that didn’t last long, did it? Barely a week after the announcement that Russian warplanes were using a base in Iran to launch airstrikes in Syria, Iran withdrew its permission to use the base. This… Continue Reading