Overcoming the Occupation: A Response to The Economic Cost of Terrorism

Danny Krikorian Benmelech, Berrebi & Klor Article Critique Introduction In their research titled “The Economic Cost of Terrorism”, the authors aim to demonstrate a positive relationship between terrorism & unemployment, in that increased terror attacks in the form of suicide bombings by Palestinians against Israeli targets correlate with increased unemployment rates for Palestinians living inContinue reading “Overcoming the Occupation: A Response to The Economic Cost of Terrorism”

A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East

A comparative study of Syria & Iraq wars, makes it evident that the cause of instability is not authoritarianism, nor radicalism in either of these states, and the entire ME region. Rather these are symptoms of a greater menace inciting them – neo-imperialism. Enough with associative-thinking  – ‘this has to be true because of this.’Continue reading “A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East”

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”

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 Hitlerian Revisitation?

Bernie Sanders is the voice of the American youth. What we can learn from ‘Brexit’ is that the youth are largely anti-conservative. As Hillary Clinton gears up to the final moments of the presidential election, the nation is wondering if the worst might actually come true – a Donald Trump victory. Donald Trump is badContinue reading “A Hitlerian Revisitation?”

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”

[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”

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