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Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

February 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

FOX NEWS 02/01/14 By Michael Shank From a political perspective, defending Turkey’s blend of political Islam and neoliberal economic policies was not terribly difficult a decade ago. After all, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan helped build the 17th largest economy in the world and what would be the sixth largest […]

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Defense Department Gives Local Police Equipment Designed for a War Zone

Defense Department Gives Local Police Equipment Designed for a War Zone

November 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

FOX NEWS 11/27/13 By Edmund DeMarche From war zones to city streets, some military vehicles are getting a new life — and not everyone is happy about the recycling. The Defense Department recently announced it would be giving domestic law enforcement forces hulking vehicles designed to efficiently maneuver in a […]

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If America Wants Assad to Respect International Law, It Must Respect It, Too

If America Wants Assad to Respect International Law, It Must Respect It, Too

September 2, 2013 at 1:53 am

FOX NEWS 09/01/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) Now that President Obama has made up his mind about taking America to war with yet another Muslim country, he wants Congress to get on board. To his credit, he’s seeking congressional authorization, as required by the War […]

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My Surprising, Startling Experience in Somalia This August

My Surprising, Startling Experience in Somalia This August

August 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

FOX NEWS 08/16/13 By Michael Shank When Americans think of Somalia, famine or violence comes to mind — a fair perception because the country has suffered both — or they think of the movie “Black Hawk Down” about U.S. attacks in Mogadishu. The reality in Mogadishu, however, and throughout Somalia, […]

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The Only Way Forward on Syria

The Only Way Forward on Syria

May 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

FOX NEWS 05/28/13 By Michael Shank and Kathy Zager United States-Russia diplomacy is finally making headway on Syria. Monday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Paris to discuss their joint proposal for peace talks, they were encouraged by news over the […]

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Military Spending is Not Right Way to Boost America’s Economic Security

Military Spending is Not Right Way to Boost America’s Economic Security

May 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

FOX NEWS 05/15/13 By Michael Shank, Elizabeth Kucinich That Washington is holding defense cuts responsible for slow economic growth is a specious argument at best. War spending is unproductive and inflationary. Modern defense costs are capital intensive, not labor intensive, making the industry inefficient as a job creator. The defense […]

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Why is the US so Reticent to Read the Right Messages in Asia and the Pacific?

Why is the US so Reticent to Read the Right Messages in Asia and the Pacific?

February 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

FOX NEWS 02/25/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set the stage last week for Japan’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade bloc that includes 11 nations but excludes China. With this move, the US has set a dangerous precedent and one […]

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We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

We Need a Legal Immigration Process Fair for All

November 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

FOX NEWS 11/24/12 By Michael Shank and Sonia Manzano No longer can the President of the United States defer dealing with immigration. While it was barely a campaign issue, for America to continue avoiding comprehensive immigration reform is plainly inexcusable. When President Obama takes up immigration reform in 2013 he […]

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