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?”

Political Gluttony & the Syrian Crisis

The assumption towards the Middle East, and many parts of the world outside Western civilization, such as Latin America and Central Asia, is that there is an even dichotomy between citizens supporting or opposing authoritarian regimes. But the reality is less simple. Arab citizens understand that, democracy can only unfold when two crucial changes take place, which cannotContinue reading “Political Gluttony & the Syrian Crisis”

Is a Balance of Power Emerging?

At first glance, it would seem that the world we live in is starkly unipolar – defined by US hegemony in a post-soviet world. While US hegemony is unquestionable, the notion of an emerging balance of power is still possible. Waltz definition for BOP theory includes a bipolar world. For this reason, the USSR-US dichotomyContinue reading “Is a Balance of Power Emerging?”

British MP Galloway: I Am Against the Enemies of the Syrian Regime

Why Bernie Sanders hasn’t captured ALL of our hearts

The hypocrisy would be appalling were it not so functional: the biggest impediment to both the reform of Islam and peace in the Middle East that Americans have the ability to remove is our support for a militant Jewish ideology that few Arabs and Muslims have ever accepted. The 9/11 Commission concluded that US policyContinue reading “Why Bernie Sanders hasn’t captured ALL of our hearts”

Is “Democracy” possible in the Middle East?

As I prepare my thesis for my graduate studies at the University of Central Florida, I begin to ponder some of the variables involved. This forces me to ask other questions about my subject matter, the Middle East, and social justice. Is democracy meant for the Middle East? It is true that Lebanon is theContinue reading “Is “Democracy” possible in the Middle East?”

Analyzing Political Undertones in Pop Culture Through Art

There is generally speaking a list of artistic works that, despite their aesthetic greatness, are either historically misrepresentative & inaccurate or merely biased in context and coverage. Some do justice, some don’t. Perception all depends on which angle you look at the subject. I wish for justice for all, but we must recognize, expose & bring to justice those distinct forces which causeContinue reading “Analyzing Political Undertones in Pop Culture Through Art”

Guess Who?

They rushed him. Threw a black bag over his head. His cigarette was left burning on the brick plaza floor. Hours later his eyes open. The abducted gentleman has regained consciousness. He can barely make out what he sees. It looks like three men, all dressed in black garb. One of them men was clearlyContinue reading “Guess Who?”

On Democratic Socialism & Hip-Hop’s Place in America Today

Recent tension between hip-hop artists Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea inspired me to address the issue, and how the undertones resonate loudly in America, with associations to systems of cultural repression such as racism, jim crow, the prison-industrial complex, corporate hoarding and finally US foreign policy; and ultimately how all of these issues are in actuality theContinue reading “On Democratic Socialism & Hip-Hop’s Place in America Today”

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