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The Bigger Picture with Timothy Spangler

The Bigger Picture focuses on the humorous and absurd side of international affairs and global events. Host Timothy Spangler is joined each week in the studio by Phillip Sparks, musical afficiando and conscious of the African American community, and David Fisher, classically-trained actor and bon vivant. Your unique opinions and perspectives matter, so working the phone lines is Lewis, our ideological wildcard. Regular contributors to the show include Martin Hanlin, Charlie Wolf and David Yontz. Their segments showcase stories that are too important to be overlooked by an insular American media. We're here to help you make sense of the world. We're here to show you The Bigger Picture.

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TIMOTHY SPANGLER'S LATEST COLUMNS

The United States used to be the type of country that sent brave men and women into space. No longer, of course. Americans must now be content to watch other countries, such as Russia, engage in the exploration of space, as was the case this week...
With Brazil’s economic growth rate collapsing, optimism is in short supply in a country that only recently was being championed as a key component of the so-called BRIC economies, alongside Russia, India and China. Recent statistics have revealed...
Days after winning another term as the Grand Poobah of international soccer, Sepp Blatter submitted his resignation. With his multibillion dollar organization FIFA in disarray and rumors circulating that he is a target of FBI investigations into...
China is making friends all over the world. After fruitful efforts in Africa, Beijing is now prioritizing South America. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has just finished a triumphant eight-day tour, which kicked off in Brazil with fanfare for a...
Thousand of migrants from Burma and Bangladesh are taking to sea to escape the poverty and violence of their home countries. Until this week, many of their Southeast Asian neighbors have been less than hospitable. However, Malaysia and Indonesia have...
There is currently an opening for the head of North Korea’s military. The vacancy was created when Kim Jong Un discovered that the incumbent, Hyon Yong Chol, had fallen asleep during an important military event. Realizing that this was a clear and...
Iranian authorities have stepped up their battle on un-Islamic Western fashion trends by enforcing a ban on spiky haircuts for men, which have been labeled “devil-worshiping.” Other metrosexual treatments, such as eyebrow plucking and sunbed...
President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan secured yet another term in office this week after obtaining 94.5 percent of the vote. Not bad for someone facing an indictment for genocide from the International Criminal Court in the Hague! Some might think that...
In South Africa, attacks on foreigners – typically, other Africans – have become so frequent that the army was called out this week to protect target immigrants. Seven deaths this month have been attributed to anti-foreigner violence, and several...
With the arrival of spring comes the return of boats full of migrants making the perilous journey north across the Mediterranean Sea in pursuit of the prosperity of Europe. Sadly, this week saw hundreds drown when a ship sank off the coast of Libya....

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Timothy Spangler ( @timothyspangler ) is a writer, commentator, lawyer and academic who divides his time between Southern California and the United Kingdom. 

His award-winning syndicated foreign affairs column appears each week in the Orange County Register, and other newspapers across the US and internationally.  Timothy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, BBC and Sky News, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and the Economist. 

He also writes the award-winning blog, “Law of the Market,” dedicated to covering the politics of Wall Street regulation and the regulation of Wall Street politics .  The two decades he spent working on Wall Street and in the City of London has given him unlimited access to the inner workings of the global financial markets, and the trends that that are driving international affairs in the 21st century.  His forthcoming book, One Step Ahead: Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds after the Global Financial Crisis, will be published by Oneworld in September 2013.