How Will We Recover? Thoughts On Election 2016

The question of whether or not Bernie Sanders was the best candidate has a frank answer – of course he was. In my last article I explained why he isn’t necessarily the most “presidential” of the nominees. The president’s aptitude is measured by a number of things. These include both superficial and essential judgements. InContinue reading “How Will We Recover? Thoughts On Election 2016”

Uncovering My Personal Legend: A Journey for Self-Actualization Amidst Chimerical Wish Fantasies

There are so many opportunities I, and many like me, were denied due to institutional obstacles for immigrants, even one like me, who has lived in the US since he was 6. That was in 1996. It’s now 2016, and I’m 28. I still have no status anywhere except Syria, my home country, which forContinue reading “Uncovering My Personal Legend: A Journey for Self-Actualization Amidst Chimerical Wish Fantasies”

Turkey – Clarity Amidst Confusion

It is really hard to get a grip of what is really happening in Turkey. Media outlets are misleading as usual. Political interests are at stake and biases are rampant. It appears Erdogan has retaken power, resisted the coup, and is now in the process of an apparent legal prosecution against all involved. This isContinue reading “Turkey – Clarity Amidst Confusion”

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 “

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?”

The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?

There is a disconnect between national policy and international relations. The decision to leave the EU by the UK, or “Brexit”, is a symbol of that disconnect. But in order to understand the origins of this decision, it is important to highlight the UK’s tradition of reluctance and hesitation towards the EU since its inception.Continue reading “The Rebalancing of Powers: From ‘Brexit’ to Babel?”

A Return to the Balance of Power?

Depending on your worldview, political reality shifts. But consider for a second – this perspective. On the global scale, we see America as an isolated nation. In reality, America possesses two qualities which render this assumption baseless. America is majority Anglo-Saxon; America has been deeply entangled in the foreign affairs of England and the restContinue reading “A Return to the Balance of Power?”

The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East

  There are numbers floating around regarding the relatively low amount of terrorist incidents committed by Islamic radicals. Still, two points can be brought up. Instability is uniquely inherent to the Middle East; and anti-Americanism is common in the Islamic World. Perhaps these two characteristics of the Islamic World coupled with the increase in radicalizedContinue reading “The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East”

Mearsheimer’s Legacy: The Future of International Relations & Political Theory

International relations theory generally breaks up into three focuses – individual, state and international. The prevailing schools focus on the state level, arguing that, based on the evolution of history, this is the unit of analysis in international politics. John Mearsheimer whom perhaps is referenced less nowadays since his controversial piece on Israeli foreign politicsContinue reading “Mearsheimer’s Legacy: The Future of International Relations & Political Theory”

The Fate of Terror – What We Can Learn From Brussels, Ankara, Paris & Beirut

The only question that should be raised in response to the Brussels attack – why is this happening? If you think the answer can be reduced to Islamic extremism or a clash of civilizations – you are ignoring the reality that much of the extremism which encourages violent terrorism in the Middle East emanates fromContinue reading “The Fate of Terror – What We Can Learn From Brussels, Ankara, Paris & Beirut”

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