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Michael Shank

Why Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

Michael Shank | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the "occupying" is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years.

Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won't Work

Michael Shank | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Shank

What's needed is an inclusive, political settlement -- with all stakeholders included -- that ends the fighting and stops the region from meddling, something we missed the mark on years ago. Until we do that, any Afghan security deal will remain elusive.

No Immunity for US Troops: Why Hamid Karzai Punted to Loya Jirga

Michael Shank | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Immunity for U.S. troops post-2014 isn't going to happen. It's a political non-starter. No Afghan presidential candidate, queuing for the April 2014 elections, can support it, nor do the Afghan people want immunity for foreign troops.

Obama Prioritizes Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process in UN Pitch

Michael Shank | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Watching President Barack Obama's speech to heads of state at the UN General Assembly summit this week in New York -- specifically his pointed priorit...

Live at Lincoln: RFK, JFK, MLK's Nonviolent Message at 50th MoW

Michael Shank | Posted 10.24.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

"That is a dangerous, defeatist belief," said the President. Dr. King called America the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." He was right. And it is still today.

March on Washington: Greatest Purveyor of Violence Is Still America

Michael Shank | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

While Dr. King's progressive dreaming of a world where racial and economic equality is commonplace may have been radical then, his most radical thinking -- and what would still get him in trouble with federal authorities to this day -- is his messaging on nonviolence.

How Arming Syrian Rebels Will Backfire (See Libya, Afghanistan)

Michael Shank | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.

Cost Cutting in Congress Faces Fossil Fuel Obstructionism

Michael Shank | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

These bipartisan bills in the House and the Senate are must-pass bills, if primarily for the return on investment. To fail this opportunity is to pass on serious financial returns and it is a pass on a healthier environment for the American people. We cannot fail. The time for bipartisanship is now.

5 Reasons Why Obama's Climate Change Moment Mustn't Be Missed

Michael Shank | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Michael Shank

This is no time for a small pitch on power plant carbon parameters. We need something big if we are to survive at all. Now let's hope he understands that and does something real to address it.

Iran's Election Win Warrants U.S. Sanctions Rethink

Michael Shank | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

As the elections signified, it is the Iranian people who will ultimately shape the destiny of Iran. And it is the Iranian people who have borne the brunt of sanctions, and it is these human impacts that must always be at the forefront of U.S. sanctions policy considerations.

What Trans-Pacific and U.S.-EU Trade Partnerships Must Tackle: Jobs

Michael Shank | Posted 06.13.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The United States is one of the advanced countries in which the gap between the highest and the lowest wages is largest. While we've heard this before, the gap is getting worse.

Congress OKs Killing of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime?

Michael Shank | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.

Why GDP Growth Won't Fix Our Poverty Problem

Michael Shank | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Michael Shank

The financial institutions' focus on generating economic growth without ensuring the concomitant increase in jobs, and the inequality this generates, is partly to blame for the waning public support for global economic integration.

DC's Role in Driving the Immigration Reform Debate

Michael Shank | Posted 04.12.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

Presently, 25,000 undocumented immigrants in D.C. cannot obtain a driver's license from the DMV. To continue denying D.C. resident's access to ID and driving privileges entrenches discrimination by fettering freedom of movement, and creates a permanent subset of second-class residents.

Washington Redskins, Blackskins or Yellowskins?

Michael Shank | Posted 04.24.2013 | Sports
Michael Shank

Without question this town has a problem with racism. It's evident in how white the branches of the federal government remain, how geographically divided D.C. is along racial lines. Few of these inequities, however, can be as quickly corrected as the Washington Redskins' racist moniker.

How Mayor Gray Is Failing DC Public Schools

Michael Shank | Posted 02.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

There is nothing radical about closing schools. A "radical" approach would have been for Rhee to tackle poverty and unemployment in D.C., a far more effective method of advancing early childhood education.

NRA Response to New Jersey Shooting of 3 Police Officers: More Guns?

Michael Shank | Posted 12.28.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

How would the NRA, who suggested after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that we provide armed guards in every school across America, at a cost of nearly $8 billion per year, respond to New Jersey's shooting?

DC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting Mobility

Michael Shank | Posted 11.15.2012 | DC
Michael Shank

America is witnessing some of its highest income inequality and lowest social mobility rates ever. If we are to fix any of this, it is best that we start at home, in our back yard, and in our nation's capital. And that begins with the Anacostia.

Congressman Calls For D.C. Metro Boycott

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- There's another call to boycott D.C.'s Metrorail system in response to a series of controversial anti-Muslim ads put up Monday that will...

The Top 3 Security Threats the UN General Assembly Must Address

Michael Shank | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Michael Shank

What we say, do, and eat has global implications, and on these three major security frontiers we must do better: religious, food and climate security. Each of us has a role to play, and each of us is capable of making a difference.

Tale of Two Conventions: Why Charlotte Wins Over White Tampa

Michael Shank | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The Democratic Party continues to be the party of hope and change, but not in the way you think. People are hopeful because this party represents the changing face of America. We are a different people now than we were in the 1800s, or even the 1900s, and we require a party that gets that, that reflects that.

Paul Ryan's Radical Economic Regime: Why His House Budget Legacy Is a Lesson in Elitism

Michael Shank | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

Do Americans realize that under a Ryan economic regime, tens of millions of our poor neighbors would be dropped categorically and coldly to the curb, with no support whatsoever from the very system that our forefathers and mothers set up to ensure that America would prosper?

Sikh Killings, Mosque Burnings and Iran Sanctioning: America's Bullying Epidemic

Michael Shank | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

We know from the countless stories of many marginalized American communities -- from LGBT communities to Latino immigrants -- that bullying is practiced, promulgated and promoted in America. Why are we so good at it?

One Week After Colorado Shooting, US Government Still Failing to Safeguard America

Michael Shank | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

while President Barack Obama has mentioned that assault weapons belong in the hands of US soldiers and not on the streets of America, he has left it to Congress to move forward on an assault weapons ban. That's too bad because Congress isn't remotely close to doing anything.

Why the Gun Control Debate Doesn't Do Justice to Colorado Killings

Michael Shank | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The tragic Colorado theater shooting must stimulate a debate on more than mere gun control. Here's why.