Monthly Archives: December 2013

Unhappy New Year for Mr. Erdogan

A major scandal is unfolding in Turkey. Three members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s cabinet have resigned under a cloud, with their sons being investigated for illicitly gained wealth (the interior minister’s son was found with strongboxes and money-counting … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows at Year’s End

The stock markets have hit all time highs, yet on the same day President Obama’s poll ratings have hit an all-time low. This oddity says much about what is happening to politics and inequality in America. Stock markets are high … Continue reading

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A great leader passes: homage to Nelson Mandela

In my work on revolutions, I have come around to the view that leaders DO matter; both for the success of revolutionary movements and for shaping the state and society afterwards. Nelson Mandela was an exceptional, exemplary revolutionary leader. Willing … Continue reading

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Can Iran be Trusted (Yes, but…)

Like any other country, Iran can be trusted: to pursue its own interests, but no further. So the euphoria regarding the recent multi-nation agreement on Iran’s nuclear program should be stepped down. Many of the provisions seem to rely on … Continue reading

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