Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring

Why did the Arab Spring affect states differently? What accounts for these differences in outcome? This article seeks to address that very question. Globally, no state is a “perfect democracy” but some are obviously closer and more exemplary than others. Democracy is multi-dimensional meaning that there are components therein, all of which are necessary forContinue reading “Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring”

Flirting with Fascism

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that white nationalism has triumphed in America. Brexit, the decision for England to leave the UK, laid the trajectory of the Western world earlier this year. The world is undergoing vast changes in response to economic decline and a rise in global terrorism, particularly from the Middle East. It has beenContinue reading “Flirting with Fascism”

The Final Debate & Why Putin Might Actually Prefer Clinton

The rise of Donald Trump is reminiscent in a lot of ways of Adolf Hitler. This correlation has been perhaps run dry and overplayed by the media, but there is a deeper ring to it than just the hateful rhetoric and outright evil policy ambitions these two have in common. Besides Hitler’s ideological madness, beneath itContinue reading “The Final Debate & Why Putin Might Actually Prefer Clinton”

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”

Should We Police the World? America & Security in the 21st Century

Throughout history, various states have requested the assistance of the US to help suppress insurgency. Often these insurgencies are supported and funded by external powers. A prime modern example of this is the current conflict in Syria. Initially perceived as a part of the Arab Spring, the US stood with so-called “rebel forces” in theirContinue reading “Should We Police the World? America & Security in the 21st Century”

When Minorities Rule

Anger has no ideology. It constantly flip flops between extreme strands of leftist or rightist political orientations. That’s why often times you will find individuals who are on the fringes of society attacking all those who participate in mainstream politics, no matter their ideology. Take Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. They promise hand-outs, whether itsContinue reading “When Minorities Rule”

Kleptocracy on Capitol Hill?

How could America be expected to promote democracy abroad while not practicing it for its own people? Sure, there are principles of democracy here and there, perhaps most importantly in executive limits and free elections – but modern oligarchies have corrupted these institutions through socio-economic paralysis of the middle and lower class. Particularly in theContinue reading “Kleptocracy on Capitol Hill?”

If I Were President – 2016 and Beyond

There are many avenues that need to be walked in order to improve the US domestically. The US is still a global leader, but socio-economically it lags in development, compared to its allies in Europe and its emerging competitors in the East. The progressive wave which swept Europe in the 90s and early 2000s seems toContinue reading “If I Were President – 2016 and Beyond”

KRIKOS – Employment Authorization

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