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  • When China Convinced the U.S. That Uighurs Were Waging Jihad
    They arrived at the American detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba—where, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put it, the “worst of the worst” would be held—a few months after 9/11, directly from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. There were 22 of them, all men, all of them Muslim, bearded, ranging in age from their early 20s to their mid-40s. Five had been captured by American forces following a battle in northern Afghanistan, and the other 17 were seized by police in Pakistan.But there was something different about these detainees: All were members of China’s Uighur minority, a Turkic group chafing under ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Britain’s Distrust of Europe Helped Cause Brexit. Now It Could Stop It.
    LONDON—When Brexit-backing lawmakers voted twice to reject Theresa May’s negotiated deal on the terms of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, they did so largely out of distrust. Principally, they worried that the prime minister’s plan would risk binding the country to EU rules and regulations indefinitely, and that the EU, contrary to its many assurances, would act in bad faith to see that happen.Distrust of Europe and its institutions here in Britain is hardly a new phenomenon. In fact, it was one of the central themes underlying the Brexit campaign. But this distrust, paradoxically, might pose a ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-18
  • The Truth About Wasabi
    Have you ever eaten wasabi? If you answered “yes” to that question, you are likely mistaken. Most sushi eaters—even in Japan—are actually being served a mixture of ground horseradish and green food coloring, splashed with a hint of Chinese mustard. Worldwide, experts believe that this imposter combination masquerades as wasabi about 99 percent of the time. The reason boils down to supply and demand. Authentic wasabi, known as Wasabia japonica, is the most expensive crop in the world to grow. The temperamental semiaquatic herb, native to the mountain streams of central Japan, is notoriously difficult to cultivate. Once planted, ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-03-18
  • Dealing with Informality: The Challenge of North Africa’s Borderlands
    Invitation Only Research Event 4 March 2019 - 9:30am to 5 March 2019 - 12:30pm Tunis, Tunisia North African states face significant transnational challenges, including, but not limited to, counterterrorism, migration and illicit trade. The latter includes products and services from drugs and weapons to subsidized and counterfeit goods as well as the smuggling and trafficking of humans. These activities are most prevalent in borderlands where the states in question have often only exercised limited authority over the local populations. There is a policy debate over what should be done to address such activities. Should ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-13
  • Mapping the Mappers: Turning Complexity into Policy in Iraq and Yemen
    Invitation Only Research Event 24 January 2019 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mapping has become an increasingly important tool for researchers, analysts, policymakers and operational organizations working on complex, conflict-afflicted environments. This roundtable will gather practitioners and policymakers to discuss network, actor and power mapping in the contexts of Iraq and Yemen. Participants will also examine the gap between local mappers - who gather, analyse and disseminate information - and the policy community.The roundtable forms a part of the Chatham House Middle East and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-12
  • Russia and Iran: Economic Influence in Syria
    8 March 2019 Russia and Iran are the most influential external powers supporting the Assad regime and it is expected that Moscow and Tehran will reap the benefits of Syria’s economic recovery. However, the reality of this dynamic is complicated. Read online Download PDF Sinan Hatahet Senior fellow at Omran Dirasat and the Al Sharq Forum 2019-03-08-RussiaIranAndSyria.jpg Phosphate ore mine near Damascus. Photo credit: Getty Images ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-08
  • Trapped in tariffs, lobster-gear industry looks for way out
    From tariffs on lobsters to duties on the steel in lobster traps, here’s how one U.S. industry is affected by trade tension with China and Europe. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • UK scrambles to break ‘political paralysis’ over Brexit
    After two failed attempts by Prime Minister Theresa May to get Parliament to vote on her proposed exit from the European Union, the speaker of the House of Commons is now requesting something "fundamentally different," and more time to make a deal.  ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Brazil’s new president seeks better ties with the US
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visits the White House this week to strengthen relations between the Western Hemisphere’s largest two economies. Mr. Bolsonaro's political rhetoric is often compared to that of President Donald Trump. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Europe’s Anti-Immigration Left
    With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American Left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-03-07
  • Morton Klein’s Statement on Qatar
    During the Middle East Forum's conference on Qatar today, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote me a brief note asking, at 10:17 am asking "Why. I really don't understand. What's going on. We were good friends for decades ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-02-10
  • Qatar’s Influence
    Already in the mid-1990s, a playful riddle circulated among foreign-policy types: In the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, which are the world's two great powers? Answer: The United States and Qatar. In other words, the outsized ambitions of a country ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-29