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  • Police Militarization Must Be Halted

    Police Militarization Must Be Halted

    POLITIX 09/13/14 By Michael Shank Last month, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives finally took a stand against the growing militarization of our police forces and our main streets. Shortly after Congressmen Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement […]

  • Iraq’s Islamic Divisions Intensify

    Iraq’s Islamic Divisions Intensify

    GLOBAL BRIEFING October 2014 By Michael Shank The USA’s air strikes on ISIS positions could inadvertently exacerbate Iraq’s problems, given the recent history of the West’s interventions in the country Iraq continues to pose a conundrum for the international community. Many in the West feel that Iraq is perpetually ungovernable […]

  • Why Hong Kong’s #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

    Why Hong Kong’s #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

    HUFFINGTON POST 09/30/14 By Michael Shank and Jamila Raqib The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the “occupying” is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years. Instead, a new political initiative in Hong Kong – called Occupy […]

  • Security in Yemen

    Security in Yemen

    POLICY BRIEF: SECURITY IN YEMEN September 2014 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is on the brink of slipping back into chaos. Outcomes from the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014, have been slowly and inadequately implemented. Grievances among minority groups and non-state actors are growing. The […]

  • The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

    The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

    THE GUARDIAN 09/23/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Raul Grijalva Members of Congress – and the public – who care about a sustainable peace in the Middle East, the wise use of American tax dollars and the balance of power between our branches of government must not stand by as […]