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Civil Society Is Faltering in This Middle East Nation

Civil Society Is Faltering in This Middle East Nation

May 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

POLITIX 05/07/14 By Michael Shank Trust is essential for any society to function. If it’s not there, political and economic progress is impossible. That’s exactly what’s happening in Yemen right now. From the public’s perspective in Sana’a where I spent the last week, the transitional government cannot be trusted, nor […]

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How to Pull Yemen Back from the Edge

How to Pull Yemen Back from the Edge

May 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/06/14 By Michael Shank Yemen needs international support to overcome serious political and economic hurdles. SANAA, YEMEN – Building a nation after an Arab Spring-like revolution isn’t easy, especially when corruption is rampant, the population is starving and the country is running out of water. […]

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Of Drone Strikes and Violence: A Personal Search for Nonviolent Solutions in Yemen

Of Drone Strikes and Violence: A Personal Search for Nonviolent Solutions in Yemen

April 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

CDN 04/27/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, April 27, 2014 — America is leaving a devastating legacy in Yemen thanks to its program of drone strikes. Without question, America’s approach is doing much to destabilize this impoverished country, undermine constitutional and electoral efforts to unify her people, and devastate the local […]

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Why I’m Going to Yemen

Why I’m Going to Yemen

April 26, 2014 at 10:28 am

HUFFINGTON POST 04/25/14 By Michael Shank Following on the heels of the “massive and unprecedented” U.S. drone strikes in Yemen this month, which killed scores of Yemenis, I’m headed there for a week’s worth of research. Admittedly, the timing isn’t great as al-Qaeda is likely keen to counter the Obama […]

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Rwanda: A Country Still in Need

Rwanda: A Country Still in Need

April 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 04/08/14 By Michael Shank and Innocent Rugaragu Twenty years ago this week, an estimated 1 million Rwandans were killed in that country’s genocide. Needless to say, the post-genocide era has been difficult and pregnant with fears and hopes. Had the leadership at the time – […]

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A Budget for Working America

A Budget for Working America

April 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

THE HILL 04/04/14 By Michael Shank and  Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) To hear corporate America tell it, our economic recovery is going great. The top 1 percent of earners saw their incomes grow by 31.4 percent from 2009-2012. Oil companies are seeing record profits. Unfortunately, that’s not the recovery — […]

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Bosnia Back on the Brink

Bosnia Back on the Brink

March 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/17/14 By Michael Shank and Clint Holmes Ukraine would be wise to take a lesson from Bosnia’s economic and political turmoil. Post Arab-Spring, and now in Eastern Europe, we are witnessing the repercussions of societies that failed to deliver economic stability and growth for their […]

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How to Save the American Dream

How to Save the American Dream

March 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm

CNN 03/14/14 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Alan Lowenthal Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif) serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Committees.  Michael Shank is associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and a senior fellow at the JustJobs Network. […]

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Saving District of Columbia’s Youth Court

Saving District of Columbia’s Youth Court

February 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

CDN 02/12/14 By Michael Shank and Erica Marshall WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 —This April, when the District of Columbia begins its public debate over the draft budget for fiscal year 2015, there is an opportunity to give many of the District’s youth a second chance on life – literally.  All […]

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Jobs: A Human Right

Jobs: A Human Right

February 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

ROLL CALL 02/12/14 By Michael Shank There are several signs in the House of Representatives that indicate that members of Congress are taking seriously the call to create quality employment for Americans. This is a good thing and something of which we need to see more, especially with 50 million […]

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