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Helping Cuba on the Road to Reform

Helping Cuba on the Road to Reform

November 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/26/13 By Michael Shank Earlier this month, five Cuban nationals – sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas – made the trek from Havana to Washington to discuss the openings they, and Cubans like them, are pursuing in the nascent private economy. Having […]

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The Only Way Forward in Afghanistan

The Only Way Forward in Afghanistan

November 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/13/13 By Michael Shank Tribal elders in Afghanistan are preparing to meet next week to discuss the Bilateral Security Agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan, which governs details of the relationship between the countries after 2014. But news this week of Afghans protesting against the […]

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Creating Just Jobs Around the World

Creating Just Jobs Around the World

October 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/31/13 By Michael Shank and Sabina Dewan One of the biggest drivers of inequality is a lack of jobs. But not just any jobs, just jobs, ones that come with appropriate wages, rights, protections such as healthcare and pensions and opportunities for economic mobility. As […]

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Drones Strikes in Pakistan Are Hurting America

Drones Strikes in Pakistan Are Hurting America

October 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/25/13 By Michael Shank Irrespective of the latest reports on possible collusion between U.S. and Pakistani spy agencies, Amnesty International’s newest report on the unlawful American drone killings in Pakistan – that kill more civilians than the White House admits and could amount to war […]

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Why You Should Care About Tajikistan’s Election

Why You Should Care About Tajikistan’s Election

October 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/23/13 By Michael Shank and Kimairis Toogood On November 6, 2013, the post-Soviet republic of Tajikistan is slated for another round of presidential elections and Washington would be wise to take note. The country’s current trajectory is deleterious for democracy and has serious implications for […]

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Five Steps America Must Take Now to Combat Climate Change

Five Steps America Must Take Now to Combat Climate Change

October 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/15/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Lichtash The government shutdown, even after it ends, will slow much of the president’s second-term agenda items. Obamacare isn’t the only policy on the political chopping block.  Despite reports by U.N. scientists and Nature researchers this month that the […]

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Next Steps in Syria

Next Steps in Syria

October 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/10/13 By Michael Shank and Lawrence Wilkerson As inspectors begin destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, the days and weeks ahead are absolutely critical. While we laud the progress initially instigated by talks between the U.S. and Russia, we feel strongly that our diplomatic efforts going […]

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The Next Step for Myanmar

The Next Step for Myanmar

October 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/01/13 By Michael Shank and Vani Sathisan Last week, the Elders, led by ex-U.S. president Jimmy Carter, called for an end to impunity over the anti-Muslim attacks in Myanmar and the “meaningful realization of the right to freedom of religion.” But their three-day visit with […]

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7 Ways Obama’s U.N. Speech Revealed His Inconsistent Foreign Policy

7 Ways Obama’s U.N. Speech Revealed His Inconsistent Foreign Policy

September 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/24/13 By Michael Shank President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly today deserves some fact checking. There were multiple assertions that skewed reality and are worth debunking as a result. First, Obama questioned “whether the United Nations can meet the tests of […]

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A Constituency to Combat Climate Change

A Constituency to Combat Climate Change

September 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/23/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Paul Tonko On Friday, the Obama Administration announced greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants. We applaud this development and appreciate the meaningful step forward it provides. Much of the conversation about this progress concerns coal-fired power […]

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