A preliminary draft of my master’s thesis

Conflict in the Caspian: A Comparative Study of Ethnic Inclusion & Conflict in Azerbaijan & Kazakhstan  Abstract In this research my aim is to demonstrate a relationship between the extent of political development, indicated by the degree of ethnic inclusion, and the extent of ethnic conflict, defined in the upcoming sections, exhibited in these twoContinue reading “A preliminary draft of my master’s thesis”

Who Really is ‘Presidential’? Thoughts Ahead of Tonight’s Debate – #Election2016

Bernie Sanders was not presidential [sadly to say – despite many of his ideals being great – if not the best compared to his counterparts]. That is something the American people are struggling to grasp – especially the youth. What is – ‘presidential’? Donald Trump – is not presidential. But for reasons different than Bernie.Continue reading “Who Really is ‘Presidential’? Thoughts Ahead of Tonight’s Debate – #Election2016”

[New Music] “Sufi in the West” the complete album!

KRIKOS aka Danny Krikorian offers his latest album #SufiintheWest brought to you by @ColoursoftheCulture. Visit DannyKrikorian.com for updates! Credits: KRIKOS executive producer Nirmine Hammam cover art Colours of the Culture curator KRIKOSSufi in the WestCol

The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?

There is a disconnect between national policy and international relations. The decision to leave the EU by the UK, or “Brexit”, is a symbol of that disconnect. But in order to understand the origins of this decision, it is important to highlight the UK’s tradition of reluctance and hesitation towards the EU since its inception.Continue reading “The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?”

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?”

How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism

A more liberal strand of Islam might argue that cultural identity is tied to Islamic heritage. Furthermore, it encompasses all philosophy and knowledge into Islam, as opposed to radical Islam which excludes philosophies from the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and the mystical indigenous religions of various regions in the world, like Central Asia and Latin America. WhatContinue reading “How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism”

The Fate of the Middle East

The fate of Middle Eastern conflicts is that they are long and bloody. More recently, they have been immortal. The Palestine issue has almost turned into a hopeless cause in which activists are smeared as promoters of violence. The losses suffered by Arabs, while Israelis and Americans gain footing, is tough to look beyond. HowContinue reading “The Fate of the Middle East”

Power & Technology – A Bromance?

The relationship between technology and power is rather complex. There are numerous theories that technological advancement is the key to strength and prosperity – in parts of the world where such evolution did not occur, political institutions and therefore economies developed less (Diamond 1999). Technological evolution has especially revolutionized America’s modern military, as well as theContinue reading “Power & Technology – A Bromance?”

The Capitalist Lie

Capitalism is portrayed as a mechanism for increased accessibility, opportunity and dignity. It is offered essentially as the corner-stone of English culture – the Protestant work ethic, the idea of private property, and so forth. But is capitalism really a mechanism for competition or is it like communism, another tool of the elite to secureContinue reading “The Capitalist Lie”

Chomsky on Orwell, Propaganda & Neoconservatism

Authoritarianism and anarchism are two sides of the same coin. Anarcho-capitalism and insurgent anarchists are one in the same; furthermore they rely on state sponsorship; and they are tied financially. I wouldn’t doubt a dubious relationship between the GOP, AIPAC, Tea Party, Israel, Multi-National Corporations and pseudo-Islamic, fanatical, and violent terrorist networks like ISIS andContinue reading “Chomsky on Orwell, Propaganda & Neoconservatism”

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