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STRATFOR ANALYSIS : The Next Phase of the Arab Spring


JULY 3, 2013 

A protester waves an anti-Morsi poster in Tahrir Square on July 3 (SPENCER PLATT/Getty Images)


The Arab Spring was an exercise in irony, nowhere more so than in Egypt. 

On the surface, it appeared to be the Arab equivalent of 1989 in Eastern Europe. 

There, the Soviet occupation suppressed a broad, if not universal desire for constitutional democracy modeled on Western Europe. 

The year 1989 shaped a generation's thinking in the West, and when they saw the crowds in the Arab streets, they assumed that they were seeing Eastern Europe once again.

There were certainly constitutional democrats in the Arab streets in 2011, but they were not the main thrust. 

Looking back on the Arab Spring, it is striking how few personalities were replaced, how few regimes fell, and how much chaos was left in its wake. 

The uprising in Libya resulted in a Western military intervention that deposed former leader Moammar Gadhafi and replaced him with massive uncertainty. 

The uprisi…


Latin America furious at treatment of Bolivia in Snowden affair

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Bolivian President Evo Morales talks to journalists at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat …

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - South American leaders, outraged by the diversion of a Bolivian presidential plane in Europe over the Edward Snowden affair, weighed on Wednesday whether to hold an emergency summit to denounce what some called a U.S.-led act of aggression.

Bolivian President Evo Morales was en route from a conference in Moscow to his home on Tuesday when France and Portugal abruptly banned his plane from their airspace on suspicions it was carrying fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden, who is wanted by Washington.

The unusual treatment of the Bolivian leader touched a sensitive nerve in the region, which has a history of U.S.-backed coups, and other presidents rallied in support of Morales.

"Definitively, they're all crazy," Argentine President Cristina Fernandez wrote on her Twitter account after a phone call to Morales, who was stranded in Vien…

Here's How Snowden Could Escape from Moscow and Exactly Where He Could Go


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If Edward Snowden wants to leave Russia, here's how he can do so: Leave the terminal, get onto a plane, fly to another country. That's it. Of course, each of those steps presents a different set of challenges, none more than the last one. Prompting the question: Is there anywhere that Snowden can get to without risking being blocked from flying through another country's airspace?

Before we answer that, let's get steps one and two out of the way.

Whether or not Snowden can depart Russia depends, first and foremost, on whether or not Russia wants him to leave. 

The Atlantic Wire spoke with attorney David Leopold of Leopold & Associates who's been practicing immigration law for decades and who is familiar with the vagaries of international travel. 

The only thing blocking Assange's departure, Leopold told us, were the Russians.

 "If the Russian authorities decide that's what they want to do, that's their sov…


Friday, July 12 FTBG will be hosting the first South Florida screening of ‘The Fruit Hunters,’ a documentary starring Bill Pullman (Independence Day, While You Were Sleeping), and Fairchild’s own Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma.

To reserve tickets, please call Morgan at 305.667.1651 ext. 3303 or visit our website:

FOCUS ON RETAIL : A conversation with Ahold CEO Dick Boer

The head of the international retailer explores what it means to have a global family of local brands, the Internet’s impact on grocers, and how supermarkets can focus on the customer experience of fresh foods.

July 2013 | byKlaus Behrenbeck

In recent years, grocery retailers have had to adapt to drastic changes in the consumer’s behavior and expectations, the encroachment of new competitors luring away once-loyal supermarket shoppers, technological advances reshaping the retail landscape, and economic uncertainty that threatens to reduce already-thin margins. 

One retailer navigating these shifts is Netherlands-based Ahold, which operates approximately 3,000 stores—mainly supermarkets—across Europe and the United States.1


Dick Boer biography

Dick Boer, who took the helm as CEO in March 2011 from his previous post as chief operating officer of Ahold Europe, recently sat down with McKinsey’s Klaus Behrenbeck at Ahold’s Amsterdam headquarters to discuss the company’s strategy.


Food Companies Face Class Action Lawsuit Over “Natural” Labels

By Jan Lee | June 24th, 2013

What’s natural, and what’s not? It may sound like a great topic for a philosophical debate, but in the view of companies like Campbell’s Soup,Trader Joe’s and Ben & Jerry’s, finding a way to portray that quintessential goodness is important. And – it can be a revenue changer.

For many customers who like to eat canned soup, stock up on their favorite products or indulge in the latest frozen deserts, however, words like “natural,” or labels that boast the wholesomeness of their products need to have the ingredients to back up the claim.

Presently, all three companies are defendants in class action suits that allege they misrepresented the nature of the ingredients on their product labels.

Campbell’s Soup – Mmm, mmm … natural

The Campbell’s Soup Company is currently being sued by Florida residents for misrepresenting the genetically modified (GMO) corn in its soup as “natural.” The suit, which was launched in 2012 by Mark Krzykwa, alleges that Campbell know…




An alarming study shows that we may not be able to grow enough food for the population in 2050.

 The article, recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, looks at the trajectory of the farming output around the world and concludes that if we continue in the same path, there will not be enough food grown to feed the world's population in 2050.

Find out which 19 crops are in danger of disappearing due to environmental issues.

In the article, "Yield Trends Are Insufficient to Double Global Crop Production by 2050," its authors acknowledge that "crop demand may increase by 100–110 percent between 2005 and 2050," meaning the world would need to produce roughly double the crops it produces today to keep up with the increasing population, the increasing meat and dairy consumption and the increasing biofuel consumption.

According to the report, the way to sustainably grow more crops would be to increase crop yield rather than to increas…