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Fed Up With Climate Change Apathy

Fed Up With Climate Change Apathy

September 19, 2013 at 8:53 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/19/13 By Michael Shank This week, as U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power regarding the administration’s climate change policy, there was the palpable absence of constituent opinion. […]

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How Climate Change Sparked the Crisis in Syria

How Climate Change Sparked the Crisis in Syria

September 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/13/13 By Michael Shank and Emily Wirzba What few people in Washington are talking about when it comes to the Syria crisis is the connection to climate change. While it may seem remote and implausible to Washington realists, the connection is clear. What is most […]

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A Callous Disregard for the Law

A Callous Disregard for the Law

September 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/11/13 By Michael Shank One of the most disturbing dynamics about President Barack Obama’s speech to the American people and what’s gone down in the last week in Washington – vis-à-vis military strikes in Syria – is the Obama administration’s willingness to break constitutional and […]

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Press Pause on the Rush to War

Press Pause on the Rush to War

September 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/09/13 By Michael Shank Syria’s welcoming this week of Russia’s proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control should put a pause on the Obama administration’s frenzied full court press this week – vis-à-vis invasion – which includes six television network interviews, a live […]

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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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Treading the Dangerous Path of Unilateralism

Treading the Dangerous Path of Unilateralism

August 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/31/13 By Michael Shank Secretary of State John Kerry’s case for military action against Syria – made when Congress was still in recess and when most of America had already commenced Labor Day Weekend vacationing – sounded an awful lot like President George W. Bush’s […]

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Quakers ‘Scrambling’ to Discourage Syria Bombing

Quakers ‘Scrambling’ to Discourage Syria Bombing

August 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/28/13 By Steven Nelson The advocacy group representing the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, is hastily appealing for calm ahead of what it fears is an imminent U.S. military strike on Syria, which is two years into a civil war. “The […]

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Syria Needs Real Help, Not American Bombs

Syria Needs Real Help, Not American Bombs

August 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/27/13 By Michael Shank If the United States was genuinely interested in preventing an escalation of violent conflict in Syria, we would impatiently pursue all preventive mechanisms available to us – from international law to international diplomacy to international weapons inspection – before adding more […]

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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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What Would MLK Think of America’s Modern Wars?

What Would MLK Think of America’s Modern Wars?

August 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 08/15/13 By Michael Shank This month, Washington – and the world – commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington. While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been […]

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