Somali Piracy: On the Horns of a Dilemma?

When most people think of pirates, they probably think of recent movies or of a bygone era when wooden ships using sails were attacked by people looking for precious cargo like gold. However, piracy is running strong in the Gulf of Aden – the body of water between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia east of Africa – one of the world’s most important waterways. Around 11 percent of the world’s shipped petroleum goes through it.

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Arellano Adds ‘Mexican’ Flavor to the OC

What first comes to your mind when you think of Orange County? What about its reputation as the place that boasts some of Southern California’s finest beaches (think Laguna and San Clemente) or the simple luxury of cruising down Pacific Coast Highway? How about the fact that Aston Martin finds its second-best market here? Well, according to “Orange County: A Personal History” by Gustavo Arellano, we’ve come a long way, from vast nothingness to hyper-suburbia, thanks to the post-World War II population boom.

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Diplomacy Talks: Moving Forward on Iran

As noted in last week’s article entitled “Re-evaluating the Iran Threat,” it is unlikely that Iran is building a nuclear weapon. However, even if it does, an Iranian nuke would not be the threat to international security that many politicians and analysts suspect. However, the majority in this country seems to feel the opposite way, including President-elect Obama, for whom Iran’s nuclear program is presumably a top priority.

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‘Who Wears Short Coats?’: Encounters With Iranian Police

Regardless of how the media portrays Iran, the aggressiveness of the regime is much worse than what we see or feel in the West. Phrases from the Quran are written on freeways, buildings and walls by the government. On streets and street corners are numbers of stations, not much larger than a porta-potty, with “Diplomatic Police” written horizontally in big, white, English block letters. Inside each sits an intimidating-looking man wearing a green military suit and holding a large rifle. This all is in the name of instilling fear for the sake of control.

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Re-evaluating the Iran Threat

During the presidential campaigns, Iran’s nuclear program was one of the most important issues raised. It is widely accepted that Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear warhead would be doomsday, but the fear exhibited may be unwarranted. First off, Iran may not possess a nuclear weapons program, but even if it did, it would pose far less danger than it is claimed to be capable of.

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