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  1. Outlaw anonymous messaging!

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    May 24, 2017 by AK

    The Moscow Times reports: A new bill banning anonymous users from using online messenger apps has been submitted to the Russian parliament. The plans would require users of apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram to identify themselves with their cell phone number. Russian-language media are confirming this. It would be a waste of time to comment …
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  2. Big banks or intracranial voices?

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    October 18, 2016 by AK

    David Dayen in The New Republic: Michael Froman, who is now U.S. trade representative but at the time was an executive at Citigroup, wrote an email to Podesta on October 6, 2008, with the subject “Lists.” Froman used a Citigroup email address. He attached… a sample outline of 31 cabinet-level positions and who would fill …
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  3. Keep her on a string, or keep her out?

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    June 16, 2016 by AK

    According to the cybersecurity specialist Crowdstrike and The Guardian, at least two groups of Russian hackers have “been lurking” in the computer systems of the Democrat National Committee (DNC) “since at least last summer.” However the DNC’s Trump dossier was only leaked to the media in June 2016. What happened? Perhaps it was the Democrats themselves, after …
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  4. Russian boxing fans and Muhammad Ali’s political philosophy

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    June 7, 2016 by AK

    I cannot recall if Muhammad Ali’s defense of his refusal to serve in Vietnam was picked up by Soviet propaganda, but I am certain that some of his arguments were reproduced in print in the USSR. Russian boxing fans will undoubtedly remember Ali as the great champion he was, but will anyone quote the man on why he …
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  5. Lobbying for state-controlled firms – or the controlling states?

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    April 8, 2016 by AK

    John Schindler has denounced the Podesta Group, whose CEO Tony Podesta is an influential Hillary Clinton backer, for contracting to lobby on behalf of Sberbank “on the scope of U.S. sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict and whether relief is possible.” I agree that the Podesta Group is now acting on behalf of Russia, not merely …
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  6. Good dreams, bad dreams

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    February 12, 2016 by AK

    In his perennial quest for relevance, Dmitry Medvedev has granted a long interview to the German business newspaper Handelsblatt. It’s hidden behind a paywall on their site but posted in English on the official site of the Russian government. Naturally, Medvedev is pretending to be less than amused by the EU’s potential collapse from the refugee crisis. …
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  7. Ghawar and the IPO

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    January 19, 2016 by AK

    More than ten years ago, in 2005, the late investment banker Matthew Simmons published Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy. It’s sitting on my shelf but I have not gotten very far reading it, I must admit. Simmons tried to show that Saudi Arabia’s fields, most importantly the …
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  8. “Gas-rich” describes Qatar better than “oil-rich”

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    January 15, 2016 by AK

    Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmi writes in an op-ed in The New York Times: Qataris who seek greater freedom of expression and more democracy in their oil-rich nation face disappointment, and perhaps worse. I wouldn’t call Qatar oil-poor: it produces about 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) for a population of 2.2 million. For comparison, the much-discussed oil output …
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  9. Turkey downs fighter jet over Syrian border

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    November 24, 2015 by AK

    It appears that Turkish jets have just shot down a military plane that allegedly violated Turkey’s airspace. The plane crashed in Syria; two pilots ejected themselves, reportedly. (All the info so far is from Turkish sources.) PM Davutoglu has spoken to his chief of staff and plans to appeal to NATO and the UN. Was …
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  10. Policy concerns vs. ethical imperatives

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    November 22, 2015 by AK

    In a Foreign Policy article (free registration required) published this last September, Julia Ioffe drew parallels, inadvertent perhaps, between her family’s entry in the US and the potential entry of refugees from the war in Syria. Ms. Ioffe was fortunate and privileged to grow up in the US. Her parents made the right choice in the late 1980s: to move from …
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