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Storms Scare Saudis

Earlier this month, I warned that the Egyptian revolution would have broader implications far beyond Egypt’s borders. I said the most dangerous consequence of this revolt would be the spread of this revolution to other Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading

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Climate Chain Reaction: From Egypt to North Korea

With poor harvests last year in Russia, Canada, and Ukraine, a recent heat wave in Argentina, and floods in Australia that destroyed much of that nation’s wheat crop, agricultural commodity prices have sharply increased over the past year. The rising … Continue reading

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Iran: Obama Comes Out Swinging

Predictably, the Iranian government has called for the deaths of the two protest leaders. 222 members of Iran’s 290-member Parliament signed a statement that accuses the leaders of being “corrupts on earth,” a crime which carries a death sentence. In … Continue reading

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Iran: Another Domino Teeters; America Should Shove It Over the Edge

On the heels of my recent article on food prices and Middle Eastern stability, events in Iran are coming to a head. Riot police today physically beat protestors in major Iranian cities. The New York Times estimates that 20,000-30,000 demonstrators took … Continue reading

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Food Fight: Instability May Beget Instability

In prior articles, I mentioned that one reason Egypt’s revolution happened now rather than in 2003 may have been due to a rapid increase in the price of food. Last week’s edition of The Economist cited a Goldman Sachs report … Continue reading

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Channeling Luxor: Stable Egyptian Transition Not So Simple

On November 17, 1997, jihadists massacred a group of Swiss, British, and Japanese tourists enjoying the majestic sights of ancient Egyptian marvels at Luxor. The terrorists savagely butchered 58 tourists and 4 Egyptians with gunfire and knives. They mutilated many … Continue reading

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Weimar Arabism Slouching Towards Islamo-Fascism

Today the Egyptian people are dancing in the streets. Tomorrow they may be drowning in blood. Hoping for a smooth transition is just that — hope. And hope is not a method. Every Middle Eastern country that has tried to … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part V)

Parts I through IV of this series show that the Egyptian crisis will have both regional and global consequences for the future of the Arab world and the global energy crisis. Given these stakes, what is America to do? America’s Vital … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part IV)

While the last three parts of this series focused on issues ranging from the immediate impact on Egypt to the far reaching potential for unrest to spread to key American energy suppliers, it has ignored the crisis’ implications for Israel. … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid (Part III)

Blame Bush In its recent edition, The Economist credits former President George W. Bush for encouraging Arab democracy. I think he deserves blame. Given the volatility inherent in radical Sunni Islam, it is not in America’s interest to encourage a … Continue reading

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