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November 2013

The U.S. Government Shutdown in Perspective

TThe US Government shutdown and the impending debt default are rooted in a simple fact – America is living beyond its means. What is more, it is not the first time that there has been a shutdown of all government non-essential activities (it last happened in 1995) or the first time debt was close to exceeding […]

The Global Economic Crisis: Six Years On

August 2013 marked the sixth year anniversary of the global economic crisis. On the anniversary, European Union officials announced the end of the recession in Europe and produced data indicating that the economy was growing again. Similarly, the US also produced data showing its economy had grown over 1% in 2013. Chinese officials also announced […]

Financing a Worldwide Hegemony

Following the July 3rd Egyptian coup and the brutal bloodshed of the Muslim population by its army, the emergence of several indicators have made it clear that Saudi Arabia was directly involved. Not only did they provide financial support to both the secularists protesting against President Morsi as well as the coup with billions of […]

Is Democracy The Same as Shura in Islam?

Recent events in the Muslim world, triggered by the “Arab Spring” have ignited much debate and discussion about the role of Islam in daily life. Part of this debate is whether or not Islam is compatible with the modern world or not. Islam, with its unique forms of worship, social organization, political structure, and economic […]

War of Weapons or War of Words

Whether it was Obama’s tour in Europe or John Kerry’s testimony in the Senate, it seemed clear that a strike against Syria was inevitable. Many were caught by surprise when the Obama administration’s trajectory (or at least rhetorically) was suddenly re-routed when it accepted a Russian proposal which called upon Assad to hand over his […]