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'Sanctuary Cities' Bill on Senate Floor Is Unsafe and Unwise

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The truth is that anti-immigrant groups are less concerned about public safety and more concerned with reducing overall levels of immigration, particularly people of color.

Kentucky Coal Country's Clean Tech Makeover

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Most of the chatter about this coal state is that it's recalcitrant when it comes to acting on climate change. And while some of that skepticism is certainly valid, there's lots happening in Bluegrass Country when it comes to green energy.

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We already have many of the technologies needed to fight super pollutants. Given how harmful these super pollutants are on our environment, it only makes sense to use these existing technologies to reduce our emissions and slow climate change before it is too late.

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

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

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week, former United States Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) reached out to me regarding a Dear Colleague letter that he wanted to circulate to ...

Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana'a

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week in Yemen - with foreign reporters getting deported and the blood of dead Yemeni soldiers staining the grounds of the presidential palace - i...

Why I'm Going to Yemen

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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...

U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.

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

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2013 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

"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.

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

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.28.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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?

The Top 3 Security Threats the UN General Assembly Must Address

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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.

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

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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?

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

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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

Can Washington Ever Welcome a Nonviolent Muslim?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2012 | Media
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Discrimination and prejudice is quite possible in the U.S. and it seems ever apparent in all things arguably related to Fethullah Gulen. America should be welcoming a Muslim scholar promoting secular education, science, tolerance and nonviolence -- not castigating him.

Trayvon Martin's Lesson for Maryland: Appeal Gun Law Ruling by Federal Judge

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Lest we think the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida has little legal relevance for our Washington metro area, think again. All eyes should be on the state of Maryland.

Bringing Florida to Justice, Not Just George Zimmerman

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

A bigger question that must also be asked is "Who is Florida?" We could ask a question about the direction America is headed on race and violence but let's stick to Florida for a moment.

Lack of US-Syria Diplomacy Leads to Dangerous Isolation

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

On Syria, there is a back-story from which the US should learn, lest it be repeated again. For years, long before the killing by President Bashar al-Assad's government began, the US preferred a policy with Damascus of disengagement. It is unclear why the White House pursued this.

Why the World Bank Needs Jeff Sachs at the Helm

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Given the World Bank's focus on poverty, economics and climate, and given Sachs' wealth of experience in all three, there is no better candidate.

Memo to Mississippi: State's Violence, Poverty and Education Levels Key to Saving Lives, Not Initiative 26

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Women
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If the State of Mississippi is ultimately trying to save lives with Initiative 26 and reduce its high teenage pregnancy rate -- one of the highest in America -- it should focus on prevention instead.