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  • Why New Zealanders Love DIY Coffins
    There are coffins, and then there is the Batesville Z94, better known as the Promethean. This bronze sarcophagus weighs 310 pounds; trimmings include gold-plated hardware, “Rumba Red” velvet upholstery, and a finish so shiny that pallbearers will be able to see their reflections. Price: up to $45,000, depending on the retailer. Remember Aretha Franklin’s golden casket? That was a Promethean.Now imagine a different type of casket: a humble wooden box built alongside a small community of like-minded souls who are choosing to embrace life by preparing for death, board by board. That’s what’s happening at various “coffin clubs” founded in ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-07-13
  • To Survive in a Wetter World, Raise Ducks, Not Chickens
    DHAKA, Bangladesh—Here at Binni, a slightly run-down restaurant in one of Dhaka’s trendier neighborhoods, beef, chicken, and mutton dishes are slapped down on the table with a mere murmur. But when the waiter brings Hash Bhuna to the table, he announces it to the whole room, laying down the plate and pulling off the ceramic lid with a theatrical hand flick.Coated in a thick layer of spicy sauce, the duck (hash in Bengali) is succulent and dark, and well deserving of its reputation as a traditional South Asian delicacy. Once a special treat reserved for winter, Hash Bhuna is more ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-07-13
  • The Chinese Influence Effort Hiding in Plain Sight
    In centuries past, Prussian, Napoleonic, Nazi, and Allied soldiers all tramped the Strasse des 17. Juni, an east–west boulevard traversing Berlin’s leafy Tiergarten park, over which soars a winged, golden statue of the Roman goddess Victoria.More recently, in the auditorium of the Technische Universität Berlin, which lies along the thoroughfare, a thousand patriotic voices swelled in song for a different rising power: China.“Though I live in a foreign country, I cannot change my Chinese heart,” the mostly doctoral-level science students chorused to images of the Great Wall rolling onstage in a karaoke version of “My Chinese Heart,” a Chinese Communist ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-07-11
  • Conflict Economies in the Middle East and North Africa
    25 June 2019 This report examines the common economic factors that continue to drive conflict in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. It also makes specific recommendations to Western policymakers addressing these types of sub-economies in detail.  Read online Download PDF Tim Eaton Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @el_khawaga LinkedIn Dr Renad Mansour Research Fellow, Middle East and North ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-06-21
  • Impacts of a Changing Climate and Resource Stress on the MENA Region
    Invitation Only Research Event 4 July 2019 - 11:30am to 3:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Hosted by Chatham House, this meeting will explore the regional impacts of rises in global temperature, which will not be equal, and present specific challenges for already-arid regions such as those in the Middle East and North Africa.  Man-made resource stresses in this region already interact with and exacerbate instability and human suffering in areas including southern Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Yemen. In ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-06-20
  • Iraq and its Role in the Region
    Members Event 26 June 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Barham Salih, President, Republic of Iraq Enter Ballot Enter Ballot Enter Ballot The president of Iraq will outline Iraq’s role in the region amidst tensions in the Middle East. What kind of bilateral relationships is Iraq forming with key regional players? How is Iraq recovering after the fight against Isis? And what is the future of the country’s domestic politics? Please note this ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-06-17
  • Istanbul’s Election Puzzle
    The Middle East rightly has a reputation for inscrutability, with seemingly illogical actions part of its routine business. The Saudi crown prince kidnapped Lebanon's visiting prime minister, forced him to resign, only to watch him return to his position ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-06-25
  • Italy at the Crossroads
    ROME – Italy is in the news these days for two main developments. First, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has – against massive opposition from the media, the judiciary, and the church – shut the country's ports to illegal migrants and thereby reduced ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-06-18
  • Making Sense of Palestinian Logic
    Palestinians do weird things: A few days ago, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules most of the West Bank, refused to accept the tax revenues it is owed by the Israeli government. Today, Hamas, which rules all of Gaza, launched more than 200 ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-05-04