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 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”
Introduction What causes Islamist terrorism? Is it fabricated? Right-wing terrorism is more prevalent in the US than jihadism. In the ME, Islamic jihadism is the main motive. But is it fueled by money, or genuine grievance? Large civilian populations in the Middle East and Central Asia flirt with the conspiracy theories that suggest US financingContinue reading “JIHAD: A Double-Edged Sword?”
Democracy & Terror in The Middle East Danny Krikorian Abstract The aim of this research analysis is to determine whether or not levels of democratic process influence political violence in the form of Islamic extremism within the context of Middle Eastern countries. The overall findings suggest that the relationship between reduced violence, that is, stability,Continue reading “The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East”
Dear brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith, my name is Danny Krikorian and I am a Syrian-Armenian American. My ancestors are originally from Palestine and Armenia. My roots are deep in Jerusalem. I am writing you because we have reached a peak in levels of hatred in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, and I believe theContinue reading “An Open Letter to Liberal American Jews”
Western countries, particularly the U.S., are directly responsible for the violence and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen, from which millions of refugees are fleeing: The illegal U.S.-led invasion of Iraq led to the deaths of at least one million people, destabilized the entire region, and created extreme conditions in which militant groups likeContinue reading “YASIIN BEY: “F*CK OFF ISIS” ON PARIS ATTACKS, IMPERIALISM AND COLONIALISM”
When “patriotic” Americans vilify others countries and their leaders, like for example, Saddam Hussein, you forget one thing. When Saddam dropped mustard gas on the Kurds; when he murdered his own people and sent their bodies cut up in boxes to Middle Eastern families; remember this picture?