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    The Muslim Civil War

    Jul 24, 2006 Mai Yamani

    To commemorate its founding 25 years ago, PS will be republishing over the coming months a selection of commentaries written since 1994.

    In this commentary from 2006, Mai Yamani notes that if the Middle East’s Sunni regimes decide that they need their own Hezbollah fighting for their cause, there are plenty of Al Qaeda-trained fighters available.

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    What Is Inequality?

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    7. Carolina Sánchez-Páramo Carolina Sánchez-Páramo

    The rubric of inequality contains multitudes, from disparities in material means to those affecting access to opportunities and outcomes both between and within countries. Given that all inequalities were not created equal, the challenge for egalitarians is to decide which ones really matter.

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What Is Inequality?

Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Angus Deaton Angus Deaton ,
  2. Jayati Ghosh Jayati Ghosh ,
  3. Ricardo Hausmann Ricardo Hausmann ,
  4. Harold James Harold James ,
  5. Mahmoud Mohieldin Mahmoud Mohieldin ,
  6. Michael Spence Michael Spence ,
  7. Carolina Sánchez-Páramo Carolina Sánchez-Páramo

The rubric of inequality contains multitudes, from disparities in material means to those affecting access to opportunities and outcomes both between and within countries. Given that all inequalities were not created equal, the challenge for egalitarians is to decide which ones really matter.

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yamani12_SUHAILA SAHMARANIAFPGetty Images_hezbollah Suhaila Sahmarani/AFP/Getty Images

The Muslim Civil War

Jul 24, 2006 Mai Yamani

To commemorate its founding 25 years ago, PS will be republishing over the coming months a selection of commentaries written since 1994.

In this commentary from 2006, Mai Yamani notes that if the Middle East’s Sunni regimes decide that they need their own Hezbollah fighting for their cause, there are plenty of Al Qaeda-trained fighters available.

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