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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

It is important to not underestimate the oddness of North Korea. Last week, with important diplomatic talks days away, Pyongyang launched missiles into the nearby Sea of Japan just to make sure that it was not forgotten. Embarrassingly for North...
Three journalists, including one Australian national, working for the news channel Al Jazeera, were given prison sentences this week by an Egyptian court for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The three men face seven years in jail...
The plot revealed this past week involving Qatar’s use of bribes and vote-rigging to “buy” the 2022 World Cup has left the global soccer community dismayed and disappointed. The sporting world was stunned in December 2010 when, against expert...
International election results this week leave the Obama administration facing many awkward questions. Rather than revealing voters confident in their futures, the polling, instead, exposes their deep anxieties. First, Europeans have demonstrated an...
Evo Morales, the Socialist president of Bolivia, made international news this week when he signed a contract to play professional soccer for the local team, Sports Boys. At 54, this is a particularly noteworthy achievement, although Morales will be...
A Shanghai court this week ordered that the Baosteel Emotion, a Japanese cargo ship, be seized over an unpaid debt dating back to World War II. The seizure was promptly denounced by a senior Japanese government spokesman, demonstrating how sensitive...
The battle for Africa continued this week, as members of the Islamist militant organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 girls from the Chibok Girls Secondary School in Nigeria. This came only days after over 70 people were killed and 124...
The gallows are working overtime in Iran. Those who hoped that the election in June of moderate Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran would be a step forward for the theocratic state will be disappointed by reports circulating this past week that...
Reform in Saudi Arabia continued this past week, as plans were announced to allow 100 female nurses to retrain as paramedics in order to provide emergency medical treatment. The immediate cause was the scandal of a young women who collapsed at an...

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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.