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The Dangers of Soft Power

The Dangers of Soft Power

April 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 04/14/14 By Michael Shank The United States Department of Defense used it recently in Yemen and Pakistan. The U.S. State Department is using it right now in Afghanistan and Nigeria. The U.S. Agency for International Development used it in the last elections in Kenya. It’s […]

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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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Reading Karzai’s Mind

Reading Karzai’s Mind

November 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

RADIO FREE EUROPE 11/27/13 By Frud Bezhan A contentious security deal between Afghanistan and the United States looked all but signed. The Loya Jirga, a key national gathering of Afghan elders, had given its unanimous backing. All that was left was for both parliament and Afghan President Hamid Karzai to […]

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Does the U.S. Have a Moral Imperative in Syria?

Does the U.S. Have a Moral Imperative in Syria?

September 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

WASHINGTON POST 09/05/13 By Michael Shank There are three fallacies floating around Washington regarding a war with Syria, rhetoric that has the potential to dangerously dictate how Congress will determine authorization.  A failure to address these fallacies, furthermore, puts us squarely on the cusp of another intractable war, one that […]

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10 Syria Questions for John Kerry and Chuck Hagel

10 Syria Questions for John Kerry and Chuck Hagel

September 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/03/13 By Michael Shank This week, as members of Congress queue to ask Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, questions about Syria and about the Obama administration’s […]

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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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US-Funded News Can Now Reach Americans

US-Funded News Can Now Reach Americans

July 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

RIA Novosti 07/15/13 By Maria Young In the last two weeks, US government-funded news broadcaster Voice of America has received more than a dozen requests for news stories it has produced for foreign audiences to be made available to listeners in the United States, something that hadn’t been allowed since […]

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Bill Moyers: Two New Films Address American Poverty

Bill Moyers: Two New Films Address American Poverty

March 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm

BILL MOYERS 03/10/13 By Michael Shank “One nation, underfed.” That’s the tagline for the new film out by Participant Productions, entitled A Place at the Table, which looks at America’s growing hunger epidemic. Participant Media, which produced Lincoln, The Help and Food Inc., does not disappoint with its latest take […]

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Film Review: A Place at the Table

Film Review: A Place at the Table

March 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

COMMON DREAMS 03/09/13 by Michael Shank One nation, underfed. That’s the tagline for the new film out by Participant Productions, entitled A Place at the Table, which looks at America’s growing hunger epidemic. Participant Media, which produced Lincoln, The Help and Food Inc., does not disappoint with its latest take […]

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A Patriotic Fix for America’s Hunger Epidemic

A Patriotic Fix for America’s Hunger Epidemic

March 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

THE NATION 03/07/13 By Michael Shank One nation, underfed. That’s the tagline for the new film out by Participant Productions, entitled A Place at the Table, which looks at America’s growing hunger epidemic. Participant Media, which produced Lincoln, The Help and Food Inc., does not disappoint with its latest take […]

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