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Guest blog: The logic of bandit life: From 20th century Chinese bandits to the contemporary Afghan insurgency

Deedee Derksen

Chinese bandits never cleaned their guns before noon. That could lead to an attack by the enemy. They didn’t say ‘tiger’ or ‘spirit’, as these words would bring bad luck. Socks were ‘smelly tubes’, bullets ‘white rice’, and they called giving up banditry ‘washing their hands’. Deedee Derksen reads ‘Bandits in Republican China’ by Phil […]

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Zalmay Khalilzad’s not-so-excellent Afghan oil adventure


Foreign Policy (Oil & Glory), 6 October 2011 Zalmay Khalilzad and his son Alexander Bernard, who head Gryphon Capital Partners and who teamed up with Tethys Petroluem to bid for the Shiberghan oil fields, now complaining that the deal went to the Chinese.

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