Who Is Tim Kaine? A Brief History

Tim Kaine has been officially declared as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate. As news tabloids emblazon images of the newly chosen “veep” on television and computer screens, many ordinary Americans are left wondering – who is this guy? It is a fair question, since for most Americans, Tim Kaine is a stranger and aContinue reading “Who Is Tim Kaine? A Brief History”

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”

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”

Reading the Trump Card

Donald Trump has amassed quite the voter base. This doesn’t come as a surprise to those of us who understand the historical roots of racism in America. For those who are in denial about it, it appears more difficult to grasp. Let us remember that today, minorities suffer the worst economic hardships in America. Public servicesContinue reading “Reading the Trump Card”

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?”

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?”

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?”

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”

The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East

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”

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