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A list of basic unanswered questions about Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sol W. Sanders Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40 percent living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second […]

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Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and David Marshall: anti-hero and hero

People's Action Party Secretary-General Lee Kuan Yew, center, and Labour Front Leader David Marshall, right, during the 1955 general elections. / Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore.

Sol W. Sanders Following is an excerpt from People! Vignettes gathered along the way through a long life, by Sol Sanders, to be published later this spring by Lulu.com. Former Mentor Minister Lee Kwan Yew, 91, died March 23, 2015 […]

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Egypt’s bet: Reform Islam, boost economy, ignore Obama

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at March 15 investors conference.

Sol W. Sanders Any hope for an exit from the current Middle East chaos lies with the efforts of Gen. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stabilize its politics and rebuild the Egyptian economy. With its 90 million people and traditional […]

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Needed by today’s media: The basics, please; But also ‘decorum’ and, dare I say, ‘style’

President Obama with advisers Tom Donilon, Jack Lew and Denis McDonough in November 2012.

Sol W. Sanders   Among the many complaints I have against most of my colleagues in the mainstream media [MSM] these days is the anachronistic contradiction that they are largely ahistorical. An anachronism since there has never been a time […]

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In East Asia, Japan is on the move … away from ‘rising China’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Sol W. Sanders   Rather suddenly there is a welter of developments turning Asia’s dozen-odd countries into a cat’s cradle of conflicting interests — some new — that could lead to war. Central, of course, is “a rising” China. The […]

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GREATEST HITS 2013: While Obamcare stuns the U.S., ‘leading from behind’ unravels world peace

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Sol W. Sanders   Originally published Oct. 28, 2013 The U.S. is transfixed by the Obama administration’s massively bungled attempt to nationalize one sixth of the economy, the health welfare system. But the rest of the world watches the slow […]

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The end of Turkey’s celebrated geopolitical model

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Dec. 30.  /Umit Bektas/Reuters

Sol W. Sanders   Whether Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan survives the current crisis, the legend of “The Turkish model” is dead. The implications of the loss of Turkey’s image abroad, particularly in the Islamic world, may be far more […]

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State of the world that Obama hath wrought

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Sol W. Sanders   The Obama Administration’s foreign policy begins to look like that tightly wound ball of crocheting thread which the kitten has been playing with for several hours and is now finally completely unraveling. How innocent the kitty […]

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‘Long march’ by student radicals succeeded; Now America needs leader to exit swamp

Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers at Cook County Courthouse in Chicago, Dec. 3, 1989.  /AP

Sol W. Sanders   In 1967 Rudi Dutschke, a flamboyant leader of post-World War II European student radicals looking back on two centuries of failed revolutions, had an epiphany: instead of attacking prevailing institutions head on, he advocated his fellow […]

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Japan’s unreported conservative revolution led by its understated PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Sol W. Sanders   In a world of moldering journalism, nothing quite equals the inadequacies of the reporting about Japan. Despite this short shrift, Japan remains the U.S.’ most important relationship in Asia — especially as China is increasingly seen […]

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