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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

Vladimir Putin’s support of pro-government Internet trolling was revealed this week when a Russian court awarded a former employee of a “propaganda factory” one ruble in symbolic damages in connection with a lawsuit over unpaid wages. These...
This week saw further waves of migrants arriving illegally on European shores. On the Greek island of Kos, more than 2,000 Syrians and Afghans were rounded up from makeshift camps and relocated to a sports stadium, where questions about their...
If you’re Santa Claus, one thing is now certain – you better watch out, because Russian President Vladimir Putin is coming to town. This week, Russia submitted to the United Nations its claim on over 400,000 square miles of Arctic seabed reaching...
Migrants desperate to reach the promise of prosperity in Britain rioted at the French port of Calais this week. The ensuing chaos gridlocked British roads on the other end of the Channel Tunnel, and local police were forced to intervene to bring some...
Pope Francis made headlines this week at a Vatican conference for the world’s mayors and governors. He linked the challenges caused by climate change to the increase in human trafficking that has been plaguing Europe in recent years. The pontiff is...
When news this week of the landmark nuclear agreement finalized in Vienna eventually reached Tehran, Iranians flooded the streets in celebration. Despite the daylong fasts that are a feature of the holy month of Ramadan, people still had the energy...
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi legal troubles continued this week as he was sentenced to three years in prison for a bribery conviction. The billionaire media tycoon and owner of the AC Milan football club paid $3 million to an...
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...

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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.