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Ian Moss
Ian Moss is an attorney in Washington, D.C. He writes on various topics, including international affairs, contemporary politics and issues at the nexus of law and policy. His commentary has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and The Daily Star (Beirut) among others. Ian is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and holds an M.A. in Comparative Politics from Northeastern University and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ian served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Spanish and Albanian cryptologic linguist and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute.

Entries by Ian Moss

Code Word: Is 'Arrogant' the New 'Uppity'?

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:13 PM

No. "Arrogant" is not the new "uppity." The word "arrogant" has long been a euphemism for "uppity," a disparaging term used to describe a person who reveals an aptitude or desire to transcend social hierarchies that are premised upon racial, gender or ethnic stereotypes....

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Lincoln, Obama, and Military Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 2:15 PM

At a fundraiser in Manhattan on the eve of New York becoming the sixth state to grant same-sex marriages, President Obama said that he "believe[s] that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country." By ordering the military to provide to servicemembers...

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The Ballot or the Bullet: American Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 3:10 PM

2011-02-18-malcolmx.jpg Nearly 47 years ago in Detroit, Michigan, Malcolm X passionately delivered a speech titled, The Ballot or the Bullet. In this speech he described the gravity of the African-American struggle for civil rights and more broadly, America's struggle for...

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President Obama, Don't Let DOMA Weaken Our National Security

(8) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 12:11 PM

Senator John McCain could be right when he says that the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) has the potential to negatively impact military readiness and weaken U.S. national security. But, President Obama as Commander in Chief can ensure that our military remains highly effective...

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The Cordoba House Debate: "It's Like A Dog Chasing Its Tail"

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 2:05 PM

A lot has been written and will be written about the controversy* surrounding the proposed construction of the Cordoba House, two blocks from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Cordoba House, an Islamic cultural center, also happens to include a space for prayer commonly known...

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La Guerra Sucia Estadounidense: America's Dirty War

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 3:52 PM

"¿Adónde van los desaparecidos?" asking literally, "where do the disappeared go?" This question is asked by the Panamanian music icon, Harvard educated attorney, and human rights activist Ruben Blades in his song "Desapareciones". Thematically, the song refers to the "Desaparecidos" the name given to the thousands of people in various...

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A People's History of Arizona: What Would Howard Zinn Say?

(11) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 4:12 PM

The New York Times Book Review said that Howard Zinn's bestseller, A People's History of the United States should be "required reading for a new generation of students." Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Arizona's new law dispensing with ethnic studies programs would permit a teacher in that state to even...

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Haterism: Arizona and France Have More In Common Than You Think

(9) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 1:09 PM

What do Arizona and France have in common? Is it their geographic size? Nope. France is a little more than twice the size of Arizona at roughly 260,000 square miles. Is it a viticulture that supplies the world with fine wines? Definitely, Non! Arizona does have a small wine industry...

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Separate but Equal: Gen. Conway's Housing Project and the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Last week, General James Conway, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps said that he "would not ask our Marines to live with someone that is homosexual" if the current law of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) is repealed and gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly...

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America's Diversity Can Provide Prosperity

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 6:31 PM

2010-02-20-diversitypict.jpgMany smart people are thoughtfully pondering how America can responsibly move forward utilizing our myriad strengths and resources, while also recognizing our limitations and imperfections. America's continued prosperity is dependent upon the generation of new ideas. Rightly, some propose leveraging our industrial capacity...

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Don't Ask Don't Tell: Congress Must Repeal the Discriminatory Policy

(32) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 1:34 PM

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama said, "This country values the talents of every American." But does it?

Sixteen years after President Clinton signed into law 10 U.S.C § 654, commonly known as Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT), qualified Americans wanting...

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