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Joseph Braude
Changing the Channel
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It’s Not Just the Jihadi Web

We need to shut down jihadi television too.

Fighting ISIS on the Airwaves
The Warrior King

The world cheered at recent rumors that King Abdullah of Jordan would personally take part in air raids against ISIS. Here’s why the morale-boosting social media sensation was probably no accident.

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Learning Logic in the Middle East

Fledgling projects seek to fight Islamic extremism by introducing critical thinking and the scientific method to Arab societies. They may already be influencing education and government-run media.

Unlikely Reformers?
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Saudi Reforms Rising Quietly from Within

The kingdom’s push against the Muslim Brotherhood could provide an opportunity to move Saudi society away from religious extremism.

China's Soft Power
Radio Beijing in the Middle East

China’s Arabic-language television and radio outreach efforts don’t compare to America’s in traditional measures like audience size. But sometimes how many people are tuning in isn’t as important as who is tuning in.

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Putin's Retirement Plan?

The sanctioned Russian bank VTB, a Kremlin favorite, had a critical role to play in the sale of a government oil company stake last month. Cui bono?

the grass is always greener

The GOP has spent altogether too much energy raging against the Affordable Care Act and altogether too little developing and building support for alternatives.

Law & Order

A new study estimates just how much police reduce crime rates.

Crude Economics

It’s not enough to balance supply and demand—petrostates need to contend with crude in storage, as well.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Do the defense minister’s words signify a rift within Manila’s top leadership?

Post-EU

Over the weekend, PEOTUS assured Britain of a speedy bilateral trade deal as soon as he’s in office. If things go well for Britain, look to some other wavering EU countries to start looking at their options.

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