Interview: KU expert talks Middle East WTO dispute

"Qatar filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization on Monday to challenge a trade boycott against the nation led by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. The move is the first step in a trade dispute among the four nations and sets in place a 60-day deadline to settle the complaint with the WTO before litigation or potential sanctions are put in place.

Raj Bhala, an expert in both international trade law and Islamic Law (Shari’a) at the University of Kansas, discussed the dispute with WIBW News Now’s Nick Gosnell."

Modi’s U.S. Visit Was Underwhelming. Here’s How It Could Be Different.

"One may be forgiven for not realizing the Prime Minister of the world’s largest free market democracy visited the President of the world’s most powerful democracy. Media coverage in the United States, in the 24 hours prior to the tête-à-tête between Messrs Modi and Trump, was scant.

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To be sure, on June 24, Trump set the right tone with a tweet calling Modi a “true friend.” Thereafter, however, they didn’t meditate on the definition of “true friendship,” nor on how its meaning translates into an itinerary. Rather, they parlayed, parsed a list of issues, and parted.

What America Can Learn From India About Iran

"Next up on the list of international agreements from which candidate Donald J Trump had pledged to withdraw as President is the July 2015 ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (JCPOA). To rip up the Iran Nuclear Deal next month, at its two-year anniversary, would be to abandon the rest of the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran.

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But, worse than peddling falsehoods about the Iran Nuclear Deal, is the scandalous disinterest of the Trump Administration in improving relations with Iran.

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Islam-friendly finance and shari'a law

"The Muslim financial industry is the fastest growing industry in global finance - so understanding Shari'a or Islamic law is becoming increasingly important for doing business overseas. Kathryn Ryan discusses the opportunities, polemics aand pitfalls with the University of Kansas School of Law's Professor Raj Bhala and Brian Henry the Managing director of Shari'a-approved KiwiSaver fund Amanah Ethical."

Episode 1: Whose Kansas Is It Anyway?

"WNYC’s Arun Venugopal traveled to Kansas to speak with members of the Indian community about how they’re dealing with the deaths, and with their changing status in America. Indian Americans enjoy the highest household income of any ethnic group in America. Their socioeconomic success and status as a ‘model minority’ has increasingly been reflected in American popular culture, as well as Bollywood films, and has played into arguments that America is a meritocracy, rather than one defined by white supremacy.

TPP: What now?

"As leaders of the 21 nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organisation met in Peru on November 20, one question overshadowed their discussions: the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).


Rejection of the TPP, a landmark free trade agreement among 12 nations bordering the Pacific Ocean, was a cornerstone of US president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. If he follows through, as expected, a shadow would be cast over the bright futures member countries had foreseen for their country’s economies through higher exports and foreign direct investment.

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