The Future of the Middle East: Islam versus the Radicals

A few years into the crisis, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad issued a stark warning to the international community, with perhaps more emphasis on what he referred to as the coalition funding the uprising, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Europe, the US and Israel. The president warned of the impending consequences of funding or supporting terrorist groups whichContinue reading “The Future of the Middle East: Islam versus the Radicals”

The World to Come – Volume I: An International Theory of Politics

Cultural relativism and constructivism are two theories, one sociological the other political, that help us understand international politics from a different perspective. We challenge the idea of absolutes but we also accept the traditions which develop over time as part of human social culture, or constructs. There are elements of all philosophy, from realism andContinue reading “The World to Come – Volume I: An International Theory of Politics”

The Obama Doctrine – from Tehran to Havana

I think its a beautiful thing to see a US-Cuban rapprochement. A full reconciliation of relations may be naive, but the so-called “Obama Doctrine” has made normalizing relations, with some of America’s most bitter “rivals” historically, part of the agenda. The Nuclear Deal with Iran (which American republicans are sworn to reverse, along with every other progressiveContinue reading “The Obama Doctrine – from Tehran to Havana”

Is “Democracy” possible in the Middle East?

As I prepare my thesis for my graduate studies at the University of Central Florida, I begin to ponder some of the variables involved. This forces me to ask other questions about my subject matter, the Middle East, and social justice. Is democracy meant for the Middle East? It is true that Lebanon is theContinue reading “Is “Democracy” possible in the Middle East?”

Netanyahu’s Election Speech Hypocrisy

Since Israel is more of an apartheid than a democracy, it is becoming increasingly difficult for western democracies like the US and Europe to continually vouch for the Jewish state. The Obama Administration has certainly broken from the traditions of its predecessors and perhaps the entire tradition of American politics by even SLIGHTLY suggesting aContinue reading “Netanyahu’s Election Speech Hypocrisy”

3.3.15

#AfraidtobeKing is the second single off upcoming album #RiseoftheEasternSon available for download 3.3.15 at http://www.soundcloud.com/krikos88. for bookings, feats. & beats hit —> KRIKOSofficial@gmail.com

The Deer Hunter Russian Roulette Scene

One of my favorite scenes from the movie. The Vietnam War, a contentious issue of debate, remains a stain on US history. Despite being portrayed as a containment of communism, the US invasion proved not only disastrous, but to carry its own agenda, the suppression of national sovereignty. This same phenomenon occurred in Afghanistan, whenContinue reading “The Deer Hunter Russian Roulette Scene”

The Arab Spring: Legit or Not?

The question of whether or not the Arab Spring is a legitimate movement against corruption and tyranny requires addressing the following assumptions regarding the culture of the Middle East as well as the nature of democracy as a political philosophy; and the credibility of global power like the US, Europe, Russia & China in policingContinue reading “The Arab Spring: Legit or Not?”

Clarifying the Qur’an

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