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Big banks or intracranial voices?

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…

Keep her on a string, or keep her out?

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…

Good dreams, bad dreams

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…

Ghawar and the IPO

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…

Policy concerns vs. ethical imperatives

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…

How deadly is Islamic originalism?

The literal meaning of Islamophobia is fear of Islam and its adherents, and with every act of terror committed by Islamists this fear appears more understandable, if not justified. Neither ISIS nor Al-Qaeda is representative of all Islam of course,…

Hungover at pretend headhunters’ party

Reading about the misadventures of the Kinabalu backpackers, I was so taken in at first by the exaggeratedly XIX-century opposition, “animist Sabah bureaucrat vs. young Western engineer,” that it took me several days to google the minister’s background and the bigger KadazanDusun-Sabah-Malaysian context.…