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Rana B. Khoury
Rana B. Khoury is a writer and researcher whose interests and education span the Middle East and the Midwest. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Political Science from American University and her MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She blogs at

Entries by Rana B. Khoury

To Stop Dreaming Would Be Folly: Inequality in America 50 Years Since MLK Jr.

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 11:16 AM

This week we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that true equality included civil rights but also economic justice. In fact, his later writings and speeches on economic inequality and the free market are conveniently...

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Baffled Pill: Why We Are Killing Ourselves

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 1:03 PM

Last month, Steven Brill published an article, "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," which directed national attention to our health care system in a more serious way than has been the case since the 2009 debates over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It was a nuanced,...

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A Dead-End Pursuit Not Worth Pursuing: Syria and the Question of Intervention

(12) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 9:58 PM

The question of intervention in Syria is a hotly debated topic, largely thanks to the insistence of the dominant elements of opposition on its pursuit. Of course, had a regime not answered to peaceful calls for reform with criminal and excessive force nearly two years ago, and unrelentingly ever since,...

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Swing State Sorrows: The Price of a Vote That Matters

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:41 AM

We hear it time and again, enviously, bitterly, admiringly, coaxingly. It may be our sole characteristic that induces jealousy among our compatriots. It entices the world's most powerful men to court us. Observers from Beijing to Benghazi eye us intently; from New York to California they unabashedly ogle us. We...

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The Secretary's Setback: The Polls Will Stay Open in Ohio

(12) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:48 PM

The battle over early voting in Ohio might, finally, be over. The crusader for limiting voters' access to the polls, Secretary of State Jon Husted, took a fatal blow from the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday. They declined to hear his appeal of the decision of lower courts that...

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How Far Apart? Divisions in American Political Culture Not as Wide as You May Think

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:16 PM

Watching the first presidential debate last week, Americans may be forgiven for losing sight of the differences between the candidates in the details. Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama managed to agree both on broad themes and policy specifics. When asked about their understanding of the role of...

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The Campaigns are Back to Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 2:47 PM

When Michael C. Hudson and I began penning an article on the foreign policy implications for the Middle East under the next presidential administration, we wanted to underscore an issue neglected in a campaign season defined by the economy. Soon enough, our issue and region of choice were...

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Are You Listening Ohio? It's Me, Washington

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 10:46 AM

"Are you listening in Michigan and Ohio?" asked Bill Clinton during his notable speech at the Democratic National Convention this week. He wanted to ensure that Ohioans heard him loud and clear when he announced the "job score" that came out of the auto industry restructuring enacted by...

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Voting Rights at Stake in the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 1:05 PM

It's not that national party conventions are entirely irrelevant. Amidst all the pomp and circumstance are significant theatrical displays that reveal forged alliances, potential cabinet picks, and stymied aspirations. But because the party's nominee is already a given before convening, and no longer decided...

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Occupying Ohio: The Tea Party, Occupy Cleveland, and the Cold War That Wasn't

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 3:35 PM

For a couple of hours last weekend, the Tea Party gathered in downtown Cleveland for a rally entitled "Occupy the Truth." Yes, the Tea Party was operating under the banner of their apparent rivals, the Occupy Movement. That is because the stated purpose of their gathering was to protest the...

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"What is Ohio's Middle Class?"

(31) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 4:29 PM

On Aug. 14, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rolled through Ohio on his "The Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class" Bus Tour. Two weeks earlier, president-and-candidate Barack Obama made his own appeal to Ohio's "average middle-class family" on his ninth campaign stop in the state. Both campaigns have placed...

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