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Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

April 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

HUFFINGTON POST 04/22/16 By Michael Shank This was a big week for the United Nations, which came out strong on climate and the sustainable development goals and witnessed major milestones in recent months. First, on climate, post-Paris, there were over 160 countries signing the deal at UN headquarters on Earth […]

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters outside a polling place in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RTX267JP

Analysis: Progressive Policies Provide Answer for Sanders’ Foreign Policy Gap

February 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm

MSNBC 2/10/16 By Michael Shank Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy — or apparent lack thereof — is not an oversight that’s unique to the presidential candidate. It’s representative of a pervasive problem within the progressive movement. Progressive elected officials in America are more often raised on domestic issues: lobbying on healthcare, […]

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Congress Better Listen to the Pope on Climate Change

Congress Better Listen to the Pope on Climate Change

September 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

DAILY BEAST 09/21/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett Pope Francis is not just pontificating. His urgent message is about preserving human life. One might imagine, or hope, that Congress would experience the historic address of Pope Francis to a joint session later this week as something beyond […]

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Confronting Homeland Security’s ‘SSSS’ Watch List

Confronting Homeland Security’s ‘SSSS’ Watch List

May 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 05/21/15 By Michael Shank It’s official. The Department of Homeland Security has placed me on a travel watch list. Every time I travel abroad, I now have “SSSS”, which stands for Secondary Security Screen Selection, on my boarding documents. That means I get an extra rigorous full-body screening, […]

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United States Faces Uncertain Water Future as Drought Expands

United States Faces Uncertain Water Future as Drought Expands

March 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

ABC NEWS 03/30/15 By Nikolai Beilharz Drought in California in the United States is now in its fourth year, and some environmental groups say there is not enough political momentum and interest to address the problem. The water shortage has organisations like Climate Nexus, a not-for-profit group focusing on climate […]

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UN and Climate Change: A New Kind of Challenge

UN and Climate Change: A New Kind of Challenge

March 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE NEW WORLD DISORDER 3/1/15 By Michael Shank and Julia Trezona Peek Download PDF INTRODUCTION Climate change is the most complex challenge the United Nations has faced since its founding 70 years ago in 1945. It is the ultimate transnational, trans-boundary threat, more pervasive and destructive […]

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How to Fix Our Police Departments

How to Fix Our Police Departments

March 13, 2015 at 2:43 am

CNN 03/12/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Editor’s Note: “Hank Johnson represents Georgia’s 4th Congressional District and serves on the House Judiciary and Armed Services committees. Michael Shank, a former congressional staffer, is adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The views […]

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Death to America in Yemen? No.

Death to America in Yemen? No.

March 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

HUFFINGTON POST  03/03/15 By Michael Shank With Yemen politics in perpetual disarray – as President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi escapes house arrest, rescinds his resignation, seeks refuge in the south, and a transitional council commences in the capital – the country’s economy and currency remain on the brink of collapse, water […]

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A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

January 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

NATIONAL INTEREST 01/26/15 By Michael Shank and Des Browne We are facing a new security threat, and, if left unaddressed, it has the potential to kill thousands of people in a single summer. We are talking, of course, about climate change. A new study authored by the British Met Office […]

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9/11 Forever (and Ever)

9/11 Forever (and Ever)

January 21, 2015 at 10:39 am

NATIONAL INTEREST 01/21/15 By Daniel L. Davis The Stanford and NYU Law Schools jointly conducted a probe of the effectiveness of American drone strikes.  In the 2012 executive summary of Living Under Drones, the authors state that after “nine months of intensive research—including two investigations in Pakistan, more than 130 […]

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