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”

PSA: LAVASH –> Music Video [soon] & upcoming Show Date[s] TBA

Dear world – listen & share my new single – Lavash! ONE LOVE — [Music Video coming very soon] – stay up to date via http://www.DannyKrikorian.com. Upcoming show date TBA. Hoping to have my first line of merch available too! [Lavash & Danny K shirts].  

Dani al-Armani

This image really captures my identity. I do think it visually symbolizes who I am – half Armenian half Arab – Syrian. My heritage includes Palestinian, Italian too. Perhaps there is more European blood from my father’s side – but nonetheless, that side of my family is vehemently Armenian. About as homogeneously Armenian as theContinue reading “Dani al-Armani”

The American Nightmare 2016: Are We Going to Hit the Snooze Button?

Donald Trump is not fit to run the United States of America – or anything in this cosmic dimension. And this idiot and all of his followers will continue to reveal how ignorant they are about politics. I do not believe the Russians are colluding with Donald Trump because the Russians have class believe itContinue reading “The American Nightmare 2016: Are We Going to Hit the Snooze Button?”

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”

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”

How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism

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”

JIHAD: A Double-Edged Sword?

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?”

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”

Book Review – Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics & The Great Games by Eric Walberg

Walberg, Eric. Postmodern imperialism: geopolitics and the great games. SCB Distributors, 2011. Recent history has introduced a period of heightened military conflicts, uprisings and contentions. This has resulted in many shifts in global patterns. Competitiveness between empires has intensified and further complicated the quest for understanding the global political dynamic. In his book, Postmodern Imperialism:Continue reading “Book Review – Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics & The Great Games by Eric Walberg”

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