Human Rights

How Beyonce’s ‘Ivy Park’ Label Should Solve Sweatshop Scandal: Switch Suppliers

How Beyonce’s ‘Ivy Park’ Label Should Solve Sweatshop Scandal: Switch Suppliers

May 27, 2016 at 11:48 am

HUFFINGTON POST 5/26/17 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat Beyonce’s label, Ivy Park, launched in collaboration with British fast fashion company Topshop, is quickly falling short of her stated goal to “celebrate every woman and the body she’s in while always striving to be better”. Not every woman is being […]

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Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

April 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

HUFFINGTON POST 04/22/16 By Michael Shank This was a big week for the United Nations, which came out strong on climate and the sustainable development goals and witnessed major milestones in recent months. First, on climate, post-Paris, there were over 160 countries signing the deal at UN headquarters on Earth […]

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What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the U.S.

What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the U.S.

February 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

TIME MAGAZINE 02/09/15 By Michael Shank and Justin Talbot-Zorn It isn’t just how much money people are making—it’s also what people are breathing, drinking and eating On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took leave from the New Hampshire campaign trail to address to a local church in Flint, Mich. Just a few […]

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How to Fix Our Police Departments

How to Fix Our Police Departments

March 13, 2015 at 2:43 am

CNN 03/12/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Editor’s Note: “Hank Johnson represents Georgia’s 4th Congressional District and serves on the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees. Michael Shank, a former congressional staffer, is adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The views […]

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How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

March 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 03/12/15 By Michael Shank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent attack on the West for “hate speech” and misattributing terrorism during the Paris attacks is ironic. Erdogan is erroneously doing both already: labeling the Gulen movement a terrorist organization and using hate speech to characterize it. In fact, […]

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Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

November 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

NPR 11/25/14 By Laura Sullivan For weeks, Ferguson police and local leaders met with community groups and activists to work out a plan for the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But any results of that […]

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Detroit’s Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Detroit’s Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

November 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

HUFFINGTON POST 11/18/14 By Michael Shank and Peter J. Hammer The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, […]

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Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster

Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster

November 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

DAILY BEAST 11/13/14 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Guns, drones, and special forces were not enough to stabilize Yemen, and they won’t be enough to stop ISIS. Remember the so-called “Yemen model,” the seeming success story for a U.S. policy targeting terrorists that President Barack Obama pointed to a […]

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Detroit on the Brink

Detroit on the Brink

October 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

THE HILL 10/29/14 By Michael Shank and Peter Hammer The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising.  The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth […]

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Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

October 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 10/21/14 By Michael Shank As the Ferguson fight rages on, a potentially more courageous Congress stands ready to return, post-elections, to shut down that which rightfully enraged protestors initially. Last month, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives finally took a stand against the […]

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