The Shadow Sultanate: Qatar

By The Emissary 9 Comments

Influence is an art. It is a dance of subtlety and force. A moving of the mind and a journey of the heart. It is difficult enough to master at an individual level; so how can one possibly master it at a geopolitical level?

Yet, influence is the invisible hand in geopolitics. Hard to quantify and in constant flux, some countries wield it with brute might, while other countries seduce their counterparts into submission.

Qatar may be the per square mile most influential nation in the world. This little, lavish country has mastered the painting of perceptions through the art of influence. And more than that, Qatar has turned its art into action.

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Family Karma: the power of assimilation

By Razib Khan 5 Comments


I don’t really watch TV. But the clip above suggests this new Bravo show about Indian Americans in Miami is basically exactly like all of these shows, which take particular situations and personalities and add a superficial “ethnic” cast.

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