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By Karl Reiner In 1970, Gen. Hafiz al-Assad, a member of the minority Alawite sect, took power in Syria following a long period of political instability. Assad's secular Bath Party portrayed itself as an upholder of Arab nationalism willing to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Early in the Civil War, Gen. Joseph Johnston and his generals in Northern Virginia quarreled with Confederate President Davis in Richmond over the practicality of the president's defensive war policy. While advocating a defensive posture in Northern... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner In Northern Virginia outside of Washington, DC, the stream valley of Little Rocky Run near U.S. Route 29 and the historic village of Centreville located on the plateau to the stream's west played a crucial role in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Arizona's legislature has allocated $100,000 to fight subpoenas involving the passage of SB 1070. Passed in 2010, the law is Arizona's belligerent attempt to get more involved in the area of federal immigration law enforcement. Brushing aside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner On January 12, the P5+1 (the UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany) and Iran reached agreement on a joint plan to freeze Iran's nuclear program for six months. The next more difficult step will be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Since 2002, the U.S. has spent $100 billion on nonmilitary aid in Afghanistan, a country considered by many analysts to be the most corrupt nation on earth. Despite the massive amount of aid, Afghan state institutions remain... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Passed in 2010, SB 1070 was Arizona's attempt to have local police become more involved in enforcing immigration laws. Although it added a burden on the police, the law generated a great deal of publicity regarding the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
David, That is a lot of writing, way more than expected from a retired English teacher. All the best as you begin with the new blog.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2014 on Thank You David! at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner On January 1, 2014 the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reached the age of 20. Still fairly controversial, NAFTA has turned out to be neither the economic marvel nor the calamity its supporters and critics claimed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner August 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The war to end all wars did not end war, it was the starting point for the turmoil that led to World War... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia occupies the largest part of the Arabian Peninsula's land mass. Approximately the size of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River, the country is predominantly uninhabited desert. Having one of the lowest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner China has come a long way since Mao Zedong and the Communists came to power in 1949. China's recent successful development has not come easy, its architects had learned from watching the consequences of failing policies. After... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany reached a preliminary agreement on November 23 in Geneva. Iran will curb its nuclear program for six months in exchange for the dropping of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Despite the sour view held by some politicians in Phoenix, not everything on the Arizona-Sonora, Mexico border is dangerous. Arizona's ports of entry process about 22 million visitors a year. They travel and spend money in Arizona.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
Bob, Mr. Turse makes an excellent presentation of the sad consequences of the obsession with body counts held by our military leaders. The loss statistics for the North Vietnamese army and Viet Cong in the post were reported by the North Vietnamese government. They were a determined people.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2013 on General Giap’s fearsome legacy at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner North Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap died last month at the age of 102. The news stories reporting the general's demise brought back memories of the distant rumble of artillery, illumination flares hanging in the night sky,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Karl Reiner It is an accepted economic principle that governments can run budget deficits to combat recessions. The resulting debt is then paid down by budget surpluses when the situation improves. In practice, the U.S. runs constant deficits. Instead... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Political polarization is making America ungovernable. Congress has become so deadlocked that a large part of the federal government has been shut down. It has been unable to reach an agreement on the federal budget or on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner In 2012, Arizona's merchandise exports to India totaled $80.7 million. During the first half of 2013, they reached $64.8 million. In August, Governor Brewer led a trade mission to India to promote exports, investments and develop relationships... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner President Obama has committed to winding down American military involvement in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. After a dozen years of fighting extremists and fabricating a nation, the combat role is ending. The U.S. and NATO... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner When Gov. Brewer signed SB 1070 into law in April 2010, few of Arizona's political leaders had anything good to say about Mexico. SB 1070 provoked a conflict between federal and state enforcement responsibilities and generated numerous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Work is continuing on seaport improvements at Guaymas, Sonora. The Mariposa port of entry in Nogales is being enlarged. Due to the expanding trade volume, freight traffic between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is increasing. If the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner The global consumption of energy has grown by 30% during the past 10 years. Almost all of the increase was in the developing nations. Due to conservation and increases in efficiency, energy demand appears to have stabilized... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Taking office in August, Hassan Rowhani becomes Iran's new president at the age of 64. The former nuclear negotiator got over 51% of the vote in a race with five other candidates. He received 18.6 million votes.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Karl Reiner Some things never seem to change. Government and the media exist in an uneasy relationship, especially in time of war. The unhappy association is replete with competing and conflicting interests. The rights of the media often conflict... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Blog For Arizona