Civil Rights

Minimum Wage War Reaches Tipping Point

Minimum Wage War Reaches Tipping Point

December 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

WASHINGTON TIMES 12/09/13 By Michael Shank and Ed Lazere WASHINGTON, December 9, 2013 —As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes for a national minimum wage increase this Congressional session – and as the Seattle area suburb of SeaTac, Washington passes the highest minimum wage in the country last week at […]

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Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

December 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 12/02/13 By Michael Shank It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can’t get a break. They were first targeted in America, via discrimination aimed at the Turkish […]

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Turkmenistan Cautiously Opens to the World

Turkmenistan Cautiously Opens to the World

November 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/26/13 By Michael Shank and Kim Toogood WASHINGTON, November 26, 2013 — The Republic of Turkmenistan has turned a new corner. It is a country that has spent the last few years shedding its ultra-conservative status, thanks to a slightly more progressive President. As a result, the country […]

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Why NFL’s Washington Redskins Needs Renaming

Why NFL’s Washington Redskins Needs Renaming

November 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/05/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 5, 2013 —  The escalating conflict between the Washington Redskins football franchise, its owners and fans, and the growing community of concerned citizens, tribal leaders and District of Columbia City Councilmembers who want the football team to change its name is reaching […]

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Will Domestic Law Enforcement Paranoia Turn US Into a Police State?

Will Domestic Law Enforcement Paranoia Turn US Into a Police State?

November 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/01/13 By Bryana Johnson Judging by the way the Department of Homeland Security is spending your money, domestic unrest may be coming soon to a city near you. The DHS has been making purchases lately that seem to signal a federal fear of riots across the nation in […]

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Adopting a Better Approach for Foster System Youth

Adopting a Better Approach for Foster System Youth

August 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

ROLL CALL 08/30/13 By Michael Shank and John Fair Something happened on the Hill recently that was pretty unusual for a congressional fair. Fifteen congressional interns presented policy recommendations to a packed room in the Capitol Visitor Center. Even Sens. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Rep. […]

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CJP Grad Addresses Tens of Thousands at MLK Anniversary March in D.C., Decrying U.S.-Fostered Violence

CJP Grad Addresses Tens of Thousands at MLK Anniversary March in D.C., Decrying U.S.-Fostered Violence

August 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

EMU NEWS 08/26/13 By Bonnie Price Lofton Speaking to tens of thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Saturday (08/24/13), EMU grad Michael Shank cited Martin Luther King Jr.’s abhorrence of U.S.-sponsored violence around the world. In a two-minute speech marking the 50th anniversary of King’s March […]

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What Would MLK Think of America’s Modern Wars?

What Would MLK Think of America’s Modern Wars?

August 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/15/13 By Michael Shank This month, Washington – and the world – commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington. While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been […]

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Propaganda Ban Reversal Concerns Civil Libertarians

Propaganda Ban Reversal Concerns Civil Libertarians

July 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm

BUZZFEED 07/25/13 By Rosie Gray WASHINGTON — Civil libertarians are warning that an amendment to an anti-propaganda law that will allow United States government-made news to be spread to Americans could lead to “blowback” from our adversaries and inundate Americans with government propaganda. The change to the Smith-Mundt Act, which […]

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Drones Weaken USA’s Moral Might

Drones Weaken USA’s Moral Might

May 24, 2013 at 2:02 am

USA TODAY 05/24/13 By Michael Shank Armed drones, at first blush, are a boon to America’s military toolkit, as President Obama reinforced in his counterterrorism speech on Thursday. Drones, in the short run at least, could mean fewer U.S. troops deployed and fewer American lives lost. Unsurprisingly, the appeal is […]

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