Corruption and Mismanagement Plague the Iranian Petroleum Sector

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If past record is any indication, a healthy skepticism is warranted concerning Iran’s new oil discovery in Khuzestan province.

Tobacco Kills in More Ways than One

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Tobacco smuggling continues to fund trans-national criminal and terrorist networks around the world. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

The Growing Threat of Ecofascism

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Xenophobia and climate change are providing fertile ground for ecofascism to win new converts.

Reforming Financial Journalism in an Era of Geopolitical Flux

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Financial journalism is broken; here’s how to fix it.

Does the Glass Ceiling Really Have 18 Million Cracks in It?

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Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy is fighting an uphill battle against militarized masculinity in the United States.

Questions Raised over Mexican Leader’s War on Graft

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Lopez Obrador looks to be fulfilling his pledge to tackle corruption but his attitude towards independent institutions does not bode well.

Vietnam’s ASEAN and UN Leadership: Difficult Days Ahead

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As Hanoi ascends to its leading role in both ASEAN and the United Nations, it will face a litany of diplomatic and security challenges in the year ahead.

Boris Johnson: The Last UK Prime Minister?

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With the latest general election result, the stage might be set for the ‘Balkanization’ of Britain.

Business as Usual with Beijing as Uyghurs Languish in “Education Camps”

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World governments aren’t going to let something like cultural genocide get in the way of business.

Superpower in Denial: Stubbornness and Washington’s Unending Afghan War

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The publishing of the Afghanistan Papers, a trove of documents documenting the Afghan war, by Washington Post is the latest piece in an intricate puzzle of attempting to understand a decade-long and seemingly unending …

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