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

Michael Shank | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

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.

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?

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.

Can Washington Ever Welcome a Nonviolent Muslim?

Michael Shank | Posted 08.04.2012 | Media
Michael Shank

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.

The Club for Growth and the Demise of Our Democracy: A Look Beyond Lugar's Loss

Michael Shank | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

Republican Sen. Richard Lugar joins the ranks this month of his ousted moderate colleagues and predecessors. Frankly, it is a little depressing. Wait, more than a little. A lot.

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

Michael Shank | Posted 05.29.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

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 | Posted 05.25.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

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 | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Michael Shank

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 | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Michael Shank

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.

Time for a Peace Industry and a Super PAC to Support It

Michael Shank | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

I'm talking about the majority of businesses that perform better when poverty and violence is not prevalent. If financial incentives motivate politicos, then put some numbers on those dividends available from reducing violence.

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

Michael Shank | Posted 01.07.2012 | Women
Michael Shank

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.

Terror Threat? Climate Change Shrinking Plants and Animals Part of Bigger Global Security Threat

Michael Shank | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Michael Shank

This week's announcement that climate change is shrinking plant and animal species and is likely to have a negative impact on human nutrition in the f...

U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta's Refusal to Cut Pentagon Spending Puts America at Greater Risk

Michael Shank | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank

Refusal by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Members of Congress, and now the Super Committee, to cut US defense spending puts our country on a dange...

Why 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests? America's High Rates of Poverty & Income Inequality

Michael Shank | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank

Reduce income inequality and you reduce the rates of every kind of social malaise that are draining our federal, state and local budgets and services. Eradicate both and you have a certain moneymaker for America.

To Super Committee: Pentagon Corruption in the Millions, Time to Cut Defense Contracting

Michael Shank | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank

With $3.7 trillion already spent by the US on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is painfully apparent that this money is not being spent wisely; in some cases, it is simply being stolen.

On 10th Anniversary of Afghan War, Time to Exit Militarized US Foreign Policy

Michael Shank | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank

October 7 marks the tenth anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. After expending $4 trillion and thousands of lives, the US needs an exit from the depressing impasse of its militarized foreign policy.

Islamophobia Network Targets Top Performing American Schools

Michael Shank | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Michael Shank

While I recognize that there are legitimate concerns regarding the use of public funds for these charter schools... it seems that at the heart of this is an undercurrent of phobia about Islamic teaching in America.

How the Arab Spring Sprung From a Nonviolent Source

Michael Shank | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Michael Shank

The propensity in the U.S. to conflate Islam with violence precludes the possibility of nonviolent Muslim protest motivated by an internal incentive, be it secular or religious. However, the concept of nonviolence is not foreign or new to Muslims.

On 9/21/11 (UN Day of Peace): How Peaceful Is the World?

Michael Shank | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Michael Shank

That the economics of peace have had such a hard time prevailing in policy conversations is, in part, because the dominant language, lobbies, and learning environments are all geared toward the mechanics of war.