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Folly of Freedom is Plaguing the US Right Now

Folly of Freedom is Plaguing the US Right Now

October 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 10/09/12 By Michael Shank Sir, It is confounding that America’s presidential candidates, in their first debate, failed to address one of the growing epidemics killing our countrymen and women, that of gun violence (“Gun lobby pours millions of dollars into campaign to unseat Obama”, October 4). Sadly, they […]

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Questions Must Be About Gun Safety

Questions Must Be About Gun Safety

August 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 08/04/12 By Michael Shank Sir, The real problem with the US gun debate is that polling questions are frequently framed as gun rights not as gun safety (“It is plain wrong to see the gun lobby as Svengali”, July 28). Few Americans want their rights stripped, but most […]

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Gridlock is Death for Deliberation

Gridlock is Death for Deliberation

May 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 05/21/12 By Michael Shank Sir, Edward Luce is spot on regarding Capitol Hill appraisal of partisanship pulling punches on solutions (“Why Washington gridlock is here to stay”, Book Review, May 14). One solution – speaking as a left-leaning voter who once worked for a Republican Congressman – is […]

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When Diplomatic Opportunities Were Dismissed

When Diplomatic Opportunities Were Dismissed

April 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 04/11/12 By Michael Shank Sir, Your editorial “Ms Rousseff Goes to Washington” (April 9), by implying illicitous cosiness between Brazil and Iran, incorrectly portrays these nations’ relationship and the reasoning behind Barack Obama’s rebuff of Brazil’s president. Claiming that Brazil’s refusal to join UN sanctions against Iran is […]

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German Lessons for US Manufacturing

German Lessons for US Manufacturing

March 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 03/07/12 By Michael Shank and Thorben Albrecht Sir, With reference to your report (“Romney talks China to Ohio”, US Politics & Policy, March 2): if the candidate is looking for manufacturing answers, take a lesson from Germany. Losing 4m jobs over the past 10 years, US manufacturing has […]

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US Can Contribute By Acknowledging Cuba’s Reforms

US Can Contribute By Acknowledging Cuba’s Reforms

November 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/23/11 By Michael Shank Sir, With reference to “Come on – Cuba needs help, not hindrance to progress” (November 18): as illuminated in a 98-page report this month from the Center for Democracy in the Americas, Cuba’s recent economic reforms are indicative of a new resolve. President Raúl […]

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Poverty, Political Instability and Somali Piracy

Poverty, Political Instability and Somali Piracy

November 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/14/08 By Michael Shank Sir, To assume that the pervasive and persistent Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa is sound and fury signifying nothing of political substance, and that the solution to the madness is simply a summoning and tightening of security, is to completely misread the […]

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Crime and the Economy are Directly Related

Crime and the Economy are Directly Related

September 5, 2008 at 9:23 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 09/05/08 By Michael Shank Sir, In an apparent editorial about-face (“Crime and the credit crunch”, September 2), you claim that larger police forces and harsher prison sentences are responsible for lower levels of crime and that the link between economic growth and crime is weak. This is hardly […]

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High-Level Engagement by US and UK is Needed vis a vis Iran

High-Level Engagement by US and UK is Needed vis a vis Iran

July 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 07/01/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Let us for a moment consider the merits of engagement (“A very small step: Pyongyang’s nuclear declaration is no breakthrough”, editorial, June 27). Three successes in 2008 are particularly salient and worth citing. US ambassador Christopher Hill’s persistent diplomatic penetration of North Korea’s […]

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Why Not Firm Call for UN Reform?

Why Not Firm Call for UN Reform?

May 16, 2008 at 9:31 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 05/16/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Heavy on protestation, light on substance, Robert Kagan’s call for a concert of democratic countries begs a hypothetical test run (“The case for a league of democracies”, May 14). Test three of the globe’s burning blisters – genocide, climate change and human rights […]

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