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Insight – Anthony Piel

Russian presents and emoluments in kind

This is a cautionary tale for U.S. diplomats and businessmen traveling in modern Russia: It is almost impossible these days to stay in any upscale hotel in Moscow or elsewhere without one’s room being bugged and recorded on tape ­— in sound and, sometimes for more distinguished visitors, in visual media format. (I speak with some experience of this.)

The tax loophole financial problem

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One of the most crucial economic and political issues facing the current U.S. administration and Congress in 2017 is how to manage the U.S. national budget deficit ­— to correct the imbalance between revenues and expenditures.

Human rights in the age of Trump

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States raises serious questions about the future of basic human rights in America. 

In his almost daily barrage of media commentary and tweets to the American public, the new president has shown an astounding lack of awareness or concern for human rights, such as free speech and assembly, freedom of religious belief, racial and gender equality, freedom to travel, labor rights, public education, freedom from want, or the right to vote. 

Russian emoluments

This is a cautionary tale for U.S. diplomats and businessmen traveling in modern Russia: It is almost impossible these days to stay in any upscale hotel in Moscow or elsewhere without one’s room being bugged and recorded on tape ­— in sound and, sometimes for more distinguished visitors, in visual media format. (I speak with some experience of this.)

Are we headed for an economic recession?

With President-elect Donald Trump taking office on Jan. 20, 2017, and with the GOP maintaining majority control of both houses of Congress, is there a risk of the U.S. falling into economic recession from 2017 to 2020? If history is any guide, the answer is most likely: Yes!

Post-presidential election forensics 2016

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election caught many of us by considerable surprise, together with practically every political pollster and guru from one end of the country to the other. Did we misjudge the thinking of half the voters in the nation?  

So it seemed useful recently to make use of a “snowbird” car trip from New England to Florida to find out. Herewith is an anecdotal sampling of post-election voter commentary and opinion along the way:

A post-presidential election forensics for 2016

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election caught many of us by considerable surprise, together with practically every political pollster and guru from one end of the country to the other. Did we misjudge the thinking of half the voters in the nation?  

So it seemed useful recently to make use of a “snowbird” car trip from New England to Florida to find out. Herewith is an anecdotal sampling of post-election voter commentary and opinion along the way:

The winning combination: enlisting Islam and media

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Boots and bombs can win individual pitched battles, but alone they cannot win a long, drawn-out war of ideological beliefs. So, what’s the solution? 

Long-term strategy to defeat ISIS-style terrorism: Contradictions between Shariah law and the Quran

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A good way to examine the enormous rift within Islam is to select a major issue, such as the treatment of women, and then compare the moral (or immoral) prescriptions, proscriptions and attitudes under various Shariah laws, with what is clearly stated in the one and only Quran.

Long-term strategy to defeat ISIS-style terrorism: The fundamental rift within Islam

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It seems absolutely incomprehensible to most of us that would-be jihadist religious extremist recruits should volunteer to blow themselves up and otherwise commit suicide in order to murder masses of innocent persons, many of them Muslim believers, all under the utterly false notion that their martyrdom serves a higher purpose pursuant to the word and will of God.