How Should America Respond to Terror?

The invasion of Iraq by the US-led coalition in 2003 produced a new dilemma for Iraq – a vacuum of power. For almost 4 decades, the brutal reign of Saddam Hussein centralized power, and despite its brutality, stabilized the country politically. But many critics of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East blamed the vacuum ofContinue reading “How Should America Respond to Terror?”

Orientalism in America – My experiences with American Academia

My experiences with American academia have coalesced into quite a journey, full of both order & tumult. But the point of me writing this entry is to focus on what I have come to discover as an unrelenting, institutionalized dogma which pervades the American academic culture, and discourages intellectualism, non-conformity and originality. This is because academics seem toContinue reading “Orientalism in America – My experiences with American Academia”

Is a Balance of Power Emerging?

At first glance, it would seem that the world we live in is starkly unipolar – defined by US hegemony in a post-soviet world. While US hegemony is unquestionable, the notion of an emerging balance of power is still possible. Waltz definition for BOP theory includes a bipolar world. For this reason, the USSR-US dichotomyContinue reading “Is a Balance of Power Emerging?”

P.L.O. Style – [Political Undertones in Pop-Culture continued…]

Hip-Hop is always vilified. Guns, crime, jewelry, flamboyance, extreme rhetoric, vulgarity. Malcolm X once said that governments often oppress people and then chastise them when they express their discontent or attempt a revolution. It is always easy to rationalize hate of the oppressed, especially for the privileged classes who don’t understand what it means toContinue reading “P.L.O. Style – [Political Undertones in Pop-Culture continued…]”

academic chaos

those sketch days in college when i didn’t want to believe my professors because they had crazy ideologies.

Sovereignty

America should respect the sovereignty of other nations, despite its history of not doing so.

Democracy and the Middle East: the deluge

If you give #democracy to a handful of criminals, is it still democracy?

beware of sensationalism in the media

just a thought. “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” — Thomas Jefferson

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