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”

A heartfelt message to the people of France 

In light of the third terrorist attack in France this year, which took place yesterday in Nice, I feel it more pressing than ever to pen this open letter to the French people. Dear France, you are the beacon of the philosophical and artistic world. For ages, you have taught us about the beauty ofContinue reading “A heartfelt message to the people of France “

The Gravest Modern Security Threat to America & the World: Neoconservatism

The international political dynamic is shifting. Since 9/11 Islamic radicalism has filled the vacuum of power left by the dissolution of the USSR, prompting unprecedented US military and security engagement abroad. This article seeks to address what is likely to become the US greatest national security threat in the next ten years. The US hasContinue reading “The Gravest Modern Security Threat to America & the World: Neoconservatism”

[Watch] Bashar al-Assad interview with NBC – “America enabled ISIS”

  In reference to Donald Trump’s discrimination against Muslims in the US, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad claimed that nobody should indulge such discrimination. With regards to contradictory rhetoric from opposing candidates of the presidential election, Assad said he is not concerned with rhetoric but action and that this rhetoric is often temporal; fleeting. Furthermore, AssadContinue reading “[Watch] Bashar al-Assad interview with NBC – “America enabled ISIS””

Who is responsible for Istanbul attack?

On June 28th, a group of suicide bombers conducted an attack on Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport, killing 41 people and injuring 239. As the world mourns the tragedy, investigators seek to bring justice to the perpetrators. But who is responsible? And Why? Is it Daesh (ISIS)? Is it PKK? These are both valid suggestions, basedContinue reading “Who is responsible for Istanbul attack?”

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”

Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice

To determine Hezbollah’s overall success, the rather limited literature on the subject focuses on the organizations political achievements as well as their military achievements in the region (Norton 2007). This is primarily because Hezbollah functions both as a political party in the Lebanese government, as well as an armed militia, a status that has notContinue reading “Evaluating the ‘Party of God’: Hezbollah, Conflict & Justice”

WMDs, The War on Terror & Unicorns: What Deludes Us?

The risk posed by nuclear weapons is valid. But does this threat increase with the use of terrorism? Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but new technological innovations have changed the way it is conducted [Chaliand & Blin 2007]. Furthermore, terrorism is currently used to describe attacks on civilians, usually by non-state actors whereas historically itContinue reading “WMDs, The War on Terror & Unicorns: What Deludes Us?”

Tragedy at Home – How Do We Respond?

I am in utter shock. This is unbelievable. My prayers go out to the families. To the fanatics – You may use the word Islam, but the religion is one of peace and love, and denounces your heresy. God bring justice to these foul men, and bring warmness and comfort to those in pain. To theContinue reading “Tragedy at Home – How Do We Respond?”

Who Partakes in Political Violence?

Terrorism is a tactic adopted by particular groups for a political objective. The individuals that partake in this violence often exhibit common characteristics. One of these characteristics is impoverishment (Lee 2011). In parts of the world where state capacity to serve the public is low, terrorist group participation is more likely. In other words, theseContinue reading “Who Partakes in Political Violence?”

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