Education

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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Why the White House Won’t Win the Afghanistan War

Why the White House Won’t Win the Afghanistan War

November 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/07/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 7, 2013 — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry desperately needs a win on the Afghanistan war. Unfortunately, however, it appears increasingly unlikely he will get one. Despite repeated visits and discussions, Kerry has so far failed to secure a clean Bilateral […]

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DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

October 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 10/21/13 By Michael Shank A damning report, released this week by Opportunity Nation, says that 6 million young people – or 15 percent of American youth — are neither in school nor working. This shocking statistic has particular importance for Washington, D.C. This coming fiscal year, which began […]

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To Stop Al-Shabab, Help Somali People

To Stop Al-Shabab, Help Somali People

September 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

USA TODAY 9/23/13 By Michael Shank Focus on African security missing development needs. Last month, at the beginning of a trip to Somalia, my twitter feed started buzzing with breaking news about explosions in Mogadishu. A local rebel group, al-Shabab, claimed credit. Their tactic was fairly unsophisticated: break the Ramadan […]

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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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Finding Hope in Somalia

Finding Hope in Somalia

August 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/20/13 By Michael Shank As Doctors Without Borders announced last week that they’re quitting Somalia after 20-plus years in the country due to an increase in violent attacks, the need for new solutions to this crisis is key. The answer to the rebel group al-Shabaab’s […]

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Our Moral Obligations in Somalia

Our Moral Obligations in Somalia

August 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

WASHINGTON POST 08/19/13 By Michael Shank When pundits and politicos in Washington think of Somalia, the first thing they likely think of is al-Shabaab, the violent rebel group that sprung from the military wing of the Islamic Courts Union that once ran the country.  That’s especially true in light of […]

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Not Just Any Jobs, But Just Jobs

Not Just Any Jobs, But Just Jobs

June 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

THE HILL 06/12/13 By Michael Shank and Sabina Dewan Last week, a high-level panel appointed by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released its recommendations for a global development agenda when the Millennium Development Goals expire at the end of 2015 and when approximately one billion people will still […]

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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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DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

April 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

WASHINGTON POST 04/29/13 By Michael Shank and Allyson Mitchell A new report, released last week, suggests that DC Public Schools’ much lauded reform efforts are still failing to produce positive results for DC’s students.  Despite changes first championed by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and now by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the […]

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