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April 19, 2011

The Natural Relationship Between Religion and Politics

Americans try to separate church and state in public, but religion can provide a foundation for morality which is necessary in politics, so perhaps the two should not be kept strictly separate.
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April 28, 2011

The Case For Defunding NASA

As the space shuttle Endeavour takes off on its final mission, we should wonder if American taxes are being put to good use. Would a privately-funded space program be more economically efficient?
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April 21, 2011

Denzel Washington and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

All parties involved in the Israel-Palestine peace negotiations need to start seeing things with a fresh perspective. Denzel's Philadelphia performance shows us how.
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April 28, 2011

A Royal Snub? King Abdullah and Queen Rania Not On Expected Guest List for Britain’s Royal Wedding

Why were Jordan's King Abdullah and Queen Rania not invited to the Royal Wedding?
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April 4, 2011

America to Train Saudi Pilots in the U.S., Where's the Outrage, Conservatives?

Republicans were outraged over the proposed Islamic community center in New York, so it is hypocritical they haven't condemned a recent deal allowing Saudi Air Force pilots to train in the U.S.
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April 26, 2011

Laws That Waste Time And Money Prosecuting Victimless Crimes

The role of law in society shouldn't be to prosecute for crimes which don't hurt a third party. Spending tax payer's money to prosecute against drugs and online gambling violates our freedoms.
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April 8, 2011

The Nationalist Impact of Cricket in India

On April 2, the streets of India were overrun by celebratory crowds and a sense of Indian pride swelled because of one thing: cricket.
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April 18, 2011

Mirror-Imaging: The Problem of Bias

Too often, we let our own life experiences bias our analysis of a situation. This occurs in every field, but recent developments in the Middle East shine light on this problem.
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April 25, 2011

Retaining Cultural Identity With Indigenous Education

As Western aid packages "modernize" their countries, minority indigenous communities in Latin America lose a measure of their cultural identity and become more homogeneous.
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April 14, 2011

School Vouchers Are a Solution to Our Problems

No matter the income level, when parents can choose where their kids go to school, they choose the school that best aids their children’s growth. Vouchers would build a better education system.
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April 28, 2011

India's State Elections Provide the Prospect for Liberal Economic Reform

Local elections in India could augment the Congress party's power. With their proposed reforms, India could see economic liberalization that would improve the country's business climate.
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April 21, 2011

America and the Promotion of Gay Marriage

Gay couples should have the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples. Alienating such a large group of citizens runs counter to American ideals of tolerance and inclusion.
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April 27, 2011

A Conservative Case for Reducing Income Inequality

Concern for the growing income divide in America is not just a left-wing, populist issue. Conservatives should draw on the civic republican tradition and work to curb income disparity.
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April 21, 2011

The Big Flirt: Egypt and Iran in the Spotlight

Iran and Egypt seem to be rekindling their political relationship. Western observers must wonder if this fling will flame out or if this is lasting.
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April 21, 2011

Soft Coup, Thorny Consequences For Egypt's Military

Whether or not Egypt's revolution can be interpreted as a soft coup, the military is losing much of its legitimacy as the guardian of Egypt's transition process.
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April 20, 2011

Is the Perfect Summer Internship Really So Great?

Summer internships provide students the opportunity to move outside of their college settings and gain real-world knowledge. But students should weigh internship programs to pick the right one.
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April 21, 2011

The Case for Civic Engagement in Community Development

A federally-funded effort in Washington, D.C. serves as a strong case study in stakeholder engagement for neighborhood revitalization efforts.
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April 20, 2011

Examining the Potential GOP Candidates (Part V): Mitch Daniels

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is likely the biggest GOP threat to President Obama's reelection, but he will need convincing to enter the race and his truce on social issues will need resolving.
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April 20, 2011

Growing Up With Our Disasters

Major events like the BP oil spill and Japan's nuclear disaster force this generation to gain “political maturity" and help us to shape how we will deal with future crises.
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April 19, 2011

Regulating Natural Gas and Fracking

Natural gas production will be a key future source of energy, even if the means to produce it create environmental and health concerns.
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April 19, 2011

The Internship Rat Race: What Does it Say About Higher Ed?

The proliferation of unpaid internships for college students, and universities' eagerness to participate in such programs, may be a sign of misplaced priorities in higher education.
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April 19, 2011

Why Sustainable Agriculture Gives Us Reason To Be Hopeful

Producing and consuming better agricultural products has become a major trend for today's young people. Even in major urban areas, youth are creating a better way of eating.
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April 19, 2011

A Sense Of Entitlement

The financial stability of the U.S. should trump any sense of government-funded entitlement various groups may have. The U.S. can’t continue to fund entitlement programs.
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April 19, 2011

A Profile of the Peruvian Presidential Run-Off

The Peruvian presidential elections will seek to balance major economic gains with the pursuit of stronger social inclusion.
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April 19, 2011

The Blessing or Curse of Oil Wealth?

Lebanon should reorganize its institutional system to better manage its new found offshore natural gas and oil wealth. If not, corruption and mismanagement will be rampant.
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April 20, 2011

The Social Democracy Model in Egypt

Transforming Egypt from an authoritarian state will require a transition to a new model model for a welfare state and social democracy, both of which appeal to the majority.
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April 20, 2011

The Utopian Dream of Energy Subsidies

Subsidies for alternative energy sources will not stabilize energy prices. The market must be allowed to run its course to find solutions to our energy dependence.
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April 22, 2011

Mark My Words: Butchering the Truth About Meat Production

The uncomfortable truths about how meat products are processed are lost to the average supermarket consumer. An Iowa law would make it even harder for those truths to ever see light.
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April 22, 2011

How Turkey Can Help End the Conflict in Libya

Turkey can be a helpful partner in brokering a deal for Libya's future. Turkey still has relations with Gaddafi and can help mold the Libyan government into a model that satisfies the West.
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April 22, 2011

What the NFL Can Teach Us About Labor Disputes

The NFL's labor talks demonstrate how unions can bring about constructive debate when people seek better working rights. Wisconsin, home of the Super Bowl champions, could learn from football.
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April 28, 2011

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: A Region’s Distraction from Revolution

The Barcelona vs. Real Madrid soccer showdown is providing a much-needed distraction from the violence, division, and uprisings which have captured headlines across the Middle East for months.
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April 28, 2011

Al-Assad’s Great Betrayal: Why Syria’s President Duped us All

As Syria devolves into revolutionary chaos, we see that the country's leader, Bashar Al-Assad, was not the political reformer he was billed as. Rather, he is the typical Arab authoritarian.
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April 28, 2011

Counterterrorism in Yemen After Saleh

The ouster of Ali Abdullah Saleh would seem a tough loss in the fight against Al Qaeda in Yemen, but the United States can achieve more with less when the duplicitous president leaves.
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April 30, 2011

What to Know About the Rights and Economics of Unions

We should have the freedom to unionize, but unions themselves shouldn't have the same rights as individuals. No law should hinder the government from going against unions and their platforms.
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April 29, 2011

Shifting Power Balances: The U.S. Middle East Policy Pickle

The United States must understand that new realities in the Middle East will require a renewed foreign policy, one that is less rigid and more flexible.
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April 29, 2011

Budget Cuts Lower Defense Ambitions in Holland

Budget cuts in Holland have severely curtailed any Dutch ambitions at remaining a prominent NATO or EU military actor. This will affect future "coalitions of the willing."
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April 29, 2011

The Threat of “Homegrown” Terrorism: What Can Be Done?

Terrorism within the United States by U.S. citizens is real. These "homegrown" terrorists are inspired to use violence by everything from religion to race.
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April 29, 2011

The Jasmine Revolution in Palestine

As government reform sweeps the Middle East, the Palestinian factions have reconciled their differences. With the merging of Fatah and Hamas, a new future may be in the works for Palestine.
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April 28, 2011

A Negative Impact of Female Labor Participation on Women's Empowerment?

In India, an increase in jobs for women has often meant women had to choose between work versus education or health. This trend, though, may be out-dated as India modernizes.
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April 27, 2011

Obama's "Surprising" Citizenship

Obama finally gave in to birther demands to produce evidence he is a U.S. citizen. By appeasing the likes of Donald Trump, the political circus continues to take away from more important issues.
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April 23, 2011

Yale's Gender Equality Problem

Gender equality should be better promoted at universities, which are often hotspots for sexual harassment. A recent Yale fraternity incident underlines how sexual harassment can be so prevalent.
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April 23, 2011

Private Military Contractors and Congressional Failure

If the U.S. government is going to maintain or increase its reliance on PMCs, Congress has a duty to make sure mechanisms are in place to do so responsibly and with accountability.
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April 25, 2011

The Nuclear Bargain: 25 Years After Chernobyl

On the anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, Contributing Writer Gabe Daly explores whether it is possible to go nuclear-free without increasing our reliance on fossil fuels.
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April 25, 2011

How Reluctance in Libya and Yemen Bolsters Al-Qaeda

If the West is not more active in backing the revolutions in Libya and Yemen, radical groups such as Al-Qaeda and its affiliates will fill the void and grow in power and influence.
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April 25, 2011

From the Sky and Ground, War Strategy Has Highs and Lows

Wars built around air campaigns save lives but fail to achieve lasting results. Ground wars can be drawn out and can have mixed results. We must choose wisely in Libya.
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April 26, 2011

Exclusive Interview: Bahrain's Revolution From the View of @Alhejairy

As revolutionary protests sweep through Bahrain, Anna Day caught up with one activist who describes in horrific detail the death of his cousin and discusses U.S. policy in the country.
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April 26, 2011

Barnett v. Meer: The Laws Against Veiling Go Beyond France

The debate about the hijab and niqab cannot be reduced to a question about individual expression versus a ‘defense’ of secularism in the public sphere.
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April 27, 2011

Why Gates Should End the Polio Problem

A recent initiative by Bill Gates to completely eradicate the polio virus has been criticized as unnecessary. But Gates' work should be hailed as he looks to finally end a global problem.
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April 30, 2011

Blame the Media for the "Birther" Distraction

While it was Donald Trump who reignited the "birther" distraction, the media is providing the platform and must join with responsible politicians and citizens to refocus on the major issues.
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April 1, 2011

Census India 2011: Some Highlights

Highlights released this week from India's 2011 Census show mixed signs on the path toward growth including: declining population growth and increasing literacy rates, but a troubling sex ratio.
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April 6, 2011

Intern Insider Info

The job market for recent graduates is tough, even for students with strong grades and internships. Still, it's important to remember to stay level-headed and explore all opportunities.
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April 7, 2011

Mark My Words: Justice for Sale

Thirty-nine states elect their judges. This is a destructive practice that puts justice up for for sale to the highest bidder.
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April 8, 2011

Redefining Lebanon's Place in the Middle East

As a place where freedom of expression and assembly thrives, Lebanon is a unique and strategic country in the Middle East, but its value is not well-understood by the West.
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April 9, 2011

Goldstone 'Changes Mind,' So What Now?

Richard Goldstone has publicly admitted that his 2009 U.N. report accusing Israel of targeting civilians was wrong. Even with this acknowledgement, Israel still faces new diplomatic challenges.
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April 9, 2011

Tahrir Square: Smoke, Despair and a Sense of Defiance

The aftermath of the Egyptian government's crackdown on the protests in Tahrir Square.
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April 9, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Tahrir Square Engulfed by Clashes with the Police

In a live report from Tahrir Square, David Dietz witnesses the outbreak of violent clashes between protesters and the army, an indication that the revolution may not be over in Egypt.
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April 9, 2011

Human Rights in Libya: An Interview with a Libyan Activist Navigating Political Unrest

A Libyan activist discusses how to work around the challeges of political unrest, war, and self-censorship in her mission to shine light on human rights issues in the country.
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April 10, 2011

Why it Feels Good to Be An Indian

Occasions such as the Cricket World Cup 2011 and the recent anti-corruption movement show that India can still come together, despite its differences.
April 10, 2011

What’s Worse: Candidates or the Coverage They Receive?

Donald Trump made headlines questioning President Obama's nationality. Upsetting as this birther argument may be, even more problematic is the media's complicity in this ignorance.
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April 6, 2011

Stand-Up for Change in the Middle East: Interview with Comedian Dean Obeidallah

David Dietz follows up on his examination of art and its role in the protests across the Middle East with an interview with Arab-American stand-up comedian Dean Obeidallah.
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April 6, 2011

Big School Suicide Effect

Because smaller liberal arts colleges foster a stronger student community, their student suicide rates tend to be lower.
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April 2, 2011

Should the U.S. Provide Weapons to Libyan Rebels?

With the lesson of Bosnia in mind, the Obama administration is considering arming the Libyan rebels, but the lesson of Afghanistan is a cautionary tale.
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April 2, 2011

How Can 20-Somethings Reengage With Politics?

New polling data shows that young people continue to be cynical about politics. A big challenge for this demographic will be to reverse this trend and re-engage with politics.
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April 2, 2011

Why Pakistani Leadership Has Got to Go

U.S.-Pakistan relations remain strained because of weak leadership in Pakistan. Not until a new political face comes into office will U.S. and Pakistani citizens see the desired results.
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April 3, 2011

On the Economy, Texas Leads the Way

States across the country are struggling to make ends meet in the aftermath of the economic crisis, yet Texas has surprisingly continued to flourish throughout the nation’s economic slump.
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April 3, 2011

Should President Obama Cheer the Decline in the Unemployment Rate?

The latest March jobs report signaled that the nation’s unemployment rate is on the decline, but that is not necessarily evidence that the labor market is improving.
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April 3, 2011

The Elephant in PETA's Room

PETA's response to GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons' shooting of an elephant to protect crops in a Zimbabwean village shows how the group puts animal rights above human rights.
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April 4, 2011

Examining the Potential GOP Candidates (Part III): Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee would be one of the strongest GOP opponents against President Obama; however, he will likely decline to seek the Republican nomination in 2012.
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April 5, 2011

On Education Reform, Blaming the Victim Doesn’t Fix the Problem

We should not target poor black communities struggling in America's school system. Providing stronger support to these communities would help them acheive their educational goals.
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April 6, 2011

Why There's No Reason To Fear 'Sharia Law'

A Florida judge's decision to allow Islamic law into a private case should be an example of how to peacefully and cheaply resolve disputes, without the constraints of national law.
April 11, 2011

Abortion: Not So Black and White, or Is It?

A controversial New York City anti-abortion billboard may have been warranted statistically, but unfairly targeted black women. Anti-abortion campaigns should instead target economic disparities.
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April 11, 2011

The Endemic Problem of Overreliance on Private Military Contracting

Without clearly-defined scopes of operation, private military contractors are neither the most efficient nor most effective use of limited government resources.
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April 11, 2011

Farming Inner-City Community Action

In addition to providing lower-income city residents with access to healthy food options, urban farming provides a model for collective community action in the black community.
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April 15, 2011

Secularism and the Veil Controversy in France

Differing views on separation of church and state are apparent in France's attack on the veil and America's more tolerant approach. Still, both countries are discriminatory in their own right.
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April 15, 2011

Mark My Words: The Conversation on Government Budget Cuts

Obama's budget cut plan should have opened up the conversation of deficit reduction. But Republicans simply dismissed it. This political gridlock will not reap success.
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April 15, 2011

The Role of Facebook in the Third Palestinian Intifada

A Facebook group calling for a Palestinian intifada, or rebellion, against Israel has recently created a stir on social networks, and Facebook itself erased the group.
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April 15, 2011

The Brotherhood's Democracy Deficit

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has capitalized on the country's recent revolution, gearing up for major political gains. But the revolution has also shined light on the group's own lack of democracy.
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April 15, 2011

Banning the Burqa is No Solution to France's Integration Failure

France's 2010 burqa ban has turned a minor cultural problem into an inflaming national issue. Marginalizing Muslim groups could backfire and lead France down a dangerous path.
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April 16, 2011

The Legal Mess That Is Drone Warfare

Drone strikes are the most efficient means of waging the war on terror, especially from a strategic standpoint. But are drones correct from a legal standpoint?
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April 17, 2011

Why We Disagree About the Dangers of Climate Change

The way our society defines the risks of climate change help to understand how we will tackle the problem. Facts alone cannot create consensus, and we all view the situation differently.
April 18, 2011

Our Racial America Isn't Ready for Obama's More Perfect Union

The election of America's first black president could have been the start of a post-racial, but three years after President Obama's historic victory, racial tension is worse than before.
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April 18, 2011

Will America’s Youth Vote for Obama in 2012?

Obama used a pool of young voters to propel him into the presidency in 2008. Those same young voters, though, may not be so eager about Obama and his policies in 2012.
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April 14, 2011

Health Reform and 20-Somethings

No matter how much a young person may not want health care, it is impossible to fully opt-out of the American system. The lifestyles of young people require full health care just like adults.
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April 14, 2011

Lean vs. Hughes: U.S. Drone Program is Counter to Foreign Policy Goals

U.S. drone strikes are hardly clinical operations, often killing civilians as well as alleged militants. More so, the ineffectiveness of drones has created a political backlash in Pakistan.
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April 12, 2011

Trust the Drones, Not Pakistan

With Pakistan proving unwilling to root out militants in the country's tribal areas, the U.S. military and CIA should continue to use drone attacks as a vital part of counter-terrorism strategy.
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April 12, 2011

Get Rid of Smallpox? Not Yet

The U.S. faces a decision at the upcoming World Health Organization conference on what to do about the remaining smallpox stocks. The government shouldn't be rushing to get rid of them.
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April 13, 2011

Want to Save Some Money? Cut the V-22 Osprey

As the government searches for spending cuts, it should consider shelving the military's Osprey. This vehicle may seem like the future of war aviation, but it has proven inefficient in combat.
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April 13, 2011

Examining the Potential GOP Presidential Candidates (Part IV): Tim Pawlenty

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty would be a formidable opponent to President Obama in a general election race; however, he lacks necessary name recognition to win a primary.
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April 13, 2011

It's Not About You, And Other Tips for Working with Refugees

If you're thinking about working with refugees or doing humanitarian work abroad, here are some tips from PolicyMic Contributing Writer and migration and refugee expert Kathleen O'Neil.
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April 13, 2011

Is India Ripe for Middle East Style-Revolution?

Revolution is in the air in the Middle East. With the latest revelations of corruption and the burst of national pride in the aftermath of the cricket World Cup, will India follow suit?
April 14, 2011

Atheist Groups Expand in Unlikely Venues

Atheists groups have recently engaged in mainstream social activities that have traditionally been associated with religious groups. These groups have grown in size and garnered attention.
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April 14, 2011

Is the African Union the New Voice of International Affairs?

The African Union is increasingly becoming a supranational agent that has the capacity to assert an African position in world affairs, as was recently seen in the Libya crisis.
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April 14, 2011

Educational Vouchers are Constitutional

Private school voucher programs are a solution to failing public schools and should be embraced. Further, government vouchers in no way promote religious affiliation, as has been mentioned.
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April 19, 2011

What Happened in Yemen? How One General Changed the Game

Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared capable of navigating calls for his ouster but now faces rumors of civil war and negotiations aimed at his resignation. How one man altered the rules of the game.