Saudi Seeks to Replace UAE and Qatar

By James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to outflank the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as the commercial, cultural and/or geostrategic hub in the Gulf. The Saudis recently expanded their challenge to the smaller Gulf states by seeking to position Saudi Arabia as the region’s foremost sports destination, once Qatar has had its moment in the sun with the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The kingdom seeks...

How the Tech Giants Work for the Security State

By Peter Isackson

The United States proudly believes in its uniqueness as the one nation in this corrupt world that remains dedicated to the freedom of its citizens. That belief is part of the nation’s founding myth. Americans see their nation as representing an ideal, a model for all other nations to emulate. They continue to believe that their government is committed to their own unassailable freedom, even...

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ProPublica Reveals the US Is a Tax Haven

ProPublica Reveals the US Is a Tax Haven

By Peter Isackson

This week, ProPublica published a long, detailed article that blew the roof off two burning and intimately related questions currently in the news: wealth inequality and taxation. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Thomas Piketty, Branko Milanovic and numerous pundits in the media have written reams on the...


Sanctions on Iran

Turkey’s Improved Relations With Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Russia Wants to Portray the West as a Failure

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The Biden Administration: Insights From History

Can the US and Iran Compromise in Vienna?

The Image of Russia

Iran and the “Frozen” Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

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At the time of independence from British rule in 1947, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, adopted a mode of governance that came to be known as Nehruvian socialism. State control of industrial production and government interference in all spheres of life came to define this era and, indeed, the entire Indian political and intellectual landscape. Social mobility became virtually impossible...

By Vikram Zutshi & Jaitirth Rao