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Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Online Political Ads The internet makes it easy for political ad buyers to obfuscate their donors and handlers. Despite the challenges, there are significant steps that Congress and social media platforms can take to improve transparency. Blog Post by  Karen Kornbluh October 30, 2017 A 3D-printed Twitter logo displayed in front of Russian flag. Dado Ruvic/Reuters More on:  Digital Policy   Politics and Government Russia   Civil Society Karen Kornbluh Senior Fellow for Digital Policy Since the September revelations that fake accounts linked to Russia bought $150,000 of political ads on Facebook during the 2016 campaign, discoveries of Russian activity on social media have emerged almost daily. The Russian purchases escaped notice amidst over  $1.4 billion spent  on political ads, much of it to promote paid advocacy posing as independen

Trump and the $14 Trillion National Debt The U.S. national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, prompting calls for tax reform and spending cuts as President Trump works with Congress on budget plans.  Backgrounder by  James McBride Last updated November 02, 2017 A statue of Alexander Hamilton in front of the U.S. Treasury Department headquarters in Washington, DC. (Flickr/Tyler Merbler) More on:  United States   Budget, Debt, and Deficits Tax Policy James McBride Senior Online Writer/Editor, Economics Introduction With the U.S. national debt expanding rapidly over the past decade, the state of the federal budget has come under intense scrutiny. The annual deficit spiked following the 2008 financial crisis, and budget analysts say that without reform government spending will continue to outpace revenue. President Donald J. Trump has pushed ambitious plans for tax cuts and new spending i

Mohammed bin Salman’s Shakeup Is More Than a Power Play 06 November 2017 AUTHOR: Jane Kinninmont Twitter Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme High-profile arrests reflect the Saudi crown prince’s emerging brand of authoritarian populism for the post-oil era. People watch a projection of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh in September. Photo: Getty Images. A new anti-corruption purge in Saudi Arabia reinforces Mohammed bin Salman’s hallmark of sudden, spectacular action designed to signal radical change. The rapid arrests of senior princes, former ministers and the country’s richest businessman came as regional tensions intensified; on the same day, Lebanon’s prime minister resigned while visiting Riyadh, and the Houthis in Yemen managed to shoot a ballistic missile further into Saudi territory than ever before. M

Is Asia Reconnecting? Essays on Asia’s Infrastructure Contest October 31, 2017 ISBN# 978-1-4422-8031-1 (pb); 978-1-4422-8032-8 (eBook) CSIS/Rowman & Littlefield DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Purchase a print version “Eurasia is thus the chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played,” the late Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote two decades ago. His words ring true again as a massive infrastructure competition unfolds across the Eurasian supercontinent. If the roads, railways, and other connections that are emerging today shift flows of goods, people, and ideas, the long-term implications could be profound. CSIS launched the Reconnecting Asia Project to make sense of these developments. Our website,, has a growing database of over 2,100 projects and an interactive map that tracks what is happening on the ground. In our Big Questions series, leading experts respond to wide-ranging questions. This report

Arrests in Saudi Arabia: Causes and Implications November 6, 2017 Q1 : What caused the sudden arrest of dozens of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful individuals? A1 :  These individuals were swept up by an anticorruption commission that King Salman had created merely hours before the arrests. Reports claim that the arrested include some of the most important economic actors in Saudi Arabia. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world’s most prominent Saudi investor, has gotten a great deal of attention, but the sweep included other billionaires, senior royals from other branches of the family, and technocrats who began guiding Saudi Arabia’s economic reform program under King Abdullah. These include Adel Fakieh, who served as minister of labor before becoming minister of economy and planning, and Ibrahim al-Assaf, who was minister of finance. While businesspeople in Saudi Arabia complain about the problems of corruption, and some of it involves granting special

The U. S. Coast Guard in the South China Sea: Strategy or Folly? Posted by Guest Author By Michael D. Armour, Ph.D. Introduction Recently there has been discussions at the highest level of the U.S. military concerning the deployment of U.S. Coast Guard assets to the South China sea and integrating them into the freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS) conducted by the U.S. Navy relating to the manmade atolls constructed by the Chinese and subsequently claimed as Chinese sovereign territory. It may be that these U.S. Coast Guard units, if deployed to the area, may turn out to be a combat multiplier or a diplomatic plus. However, given the meager USCG budget and the limited assets of the service, their deployment may prove to be insignificant or even fraught with danger. Chinese Territorial Expansion Claims The South China Sea (SCS) has become a flashpoint on the world stage. The People’s Republic of China has asserted territorial claims for many islands in the Spratly and P

Daughter of Dr Allah nazar broke down the toy gift given to her by CM balochistan

Daughter of Dr Allah nazar broke down the toy gift given to her by CM balochistan

Kurdish referendum fallout threatens Western interests in the Middle East

Commentary Guney Yildiz  @guneyyildiz 01st November, 2017 Flickr/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff If Europe fails to up its diplomatic engagement with the Kurds it will lose influence to Tehran and Ankara. The independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq (KRG), on 25th of September, was calculated to strengthen their negotiating leverage with Baghdad, Tehran and Ankara, and to bolster their domestic political position by rallying Kurds behind the nationalist cause. But instead, the vote has provoked an aggressive response from the Hashd al Shabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) and the Iraqi Army, who together launched an offensive on Kurdish territory, reclaiming several disputed areas including the oil-rich Kirkuk. The resulting political backlash has weakened the KRG’s position vis a vis Baghdad and fractured Kurdish groups even further. Indeed, the referendum may be about to claim the political life of its champion, President Masoud Barzani,