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Retaking Raqqa From The Islamic State

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from STRATFOR

The battle for Raqqa, the Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria, has begun. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are advancing toward the city, engaging the jihadist group in the villages of al-Hisha, Tal Samen and Mutamshirij along the way. Because of Raqqa's strategic importance, the Islamic State will do everything in its power to keep the city within its grasp. Driving the militants from their stronghold will not be easy or cheap, but if the SDF is successful, it will greatly accelerate the Islamic State's defeat in Syria.

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What We Read Today 29 May 2016

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Cash Shares In 2016 On Track To Be Lowest Since 2008

from CoreLogic

-- this post authored by Molly Boesel

Cash sales accounted for 35.7 percent of total home sales in February 2016, down 2.5 percentage points year over year from 38.1 percent in February 2015. On a month-over-month basis, the cash sales share increased by 0.1 percentage point in February 2016 compared with January 2015. For the first two months of 2016, the cash sales share averaged 35.6 percent, the lowest start to any year since 2008.

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Infographic Of The Day: BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

(BYOD) Bring Your Own Device is a new policy that has grown in the enterprise.

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Why China Still Can't Make Sense Of The Cultural Revolution

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Kerry Brown, King's College London

If there is one certainty in contemporary Chinese politics, it's that any mention of the Cultural Revolution, which began half a century ago in May 1966, must always be negative.

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Trucking Tonnage Data Was Mixed in April 2016

Written by Steven Hansen

Truck shipments were reported mixed in April - with one index showing month-over-month growth (but in contraction year-over-year) whilst the other showing month-over-month contraction (but year-over-year growth).

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