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May 23, 2011

Solving the Global Food Security Problem

The 2008 global food crisis has elevated agriculture on the international security agenda. Two recent high-level initiatives take a comprehensive approach toward food security.
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May 27, 2011

Low Representation of Muslims in Indian Politics: Causes and Concerns

Although Muslims constitute a significant portion of the Indian population, their representation in politics is disproportionately low.
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May 23, 2011

The Issues of Population Growth and Environmental Security

The simple idea of resource scarcity via population growth adds a new fold to the socio-political dangers of climate change. Understanding this phenomenon helps to better manage it.
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May 22, 2011

China and Europe: Why the EU is Right to Restrict Trade With Beijing

The European Union may seem hypocritical by accessing China's cheap products while banning the export of hi-tech weapons, but this in fact reflects a pro-democracy bias in its foreign policy.
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May 19, 2011

A Persian Spring is Unlikely in Iran, but Ahmadinejad is in Jeopardy

While a revolution does not seem to be in Iran's future, Ahmadinejad’s presidency is in danger. His attempts to increase power by challenging the Ayatollah have made powerful enemies.
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May 2, 2011

India's Anti-Corruption Bill

The Jan Lokpal bill seeks to implement an ombudsman with the power to prosecute those found guilty of corruption. Will this lead to more transparency in governance or undermine democracy itself?
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May 12, 2011

Three Reasons Why Europe Doesn't Care About Bin Laden's Death

U.S. commentators have mistaken a luke-warm European reaction to the Osama raid as "anti-Americanism." However, Europe simply has its own terrorist problems to deal with.
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May 12, 2011

A First-Person Perspective of the Syrian Protests

What has been reported about the mounting protests in the country is only a partial truth. Many Syrians have a divided opinion on the revolt sweeping their country.
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May 17, 2011

The French Mentality On Strauss-Kahn's Guilt

French people are not as disgusted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sexual assault charge as many Americans, and some French people are suggesting that the presidential candidate was set-up.
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May 20, 2011

Ending the EU Arms Embargo on China: It's All About Trust

Dropping the EU's arms embargo with China would help European countries better collaborate with the Chinese, which would help maintain global peace.
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May 1, 2011

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May 2, 2011

The Bin Laden Decade is Over

President Obama noted that people who turned 18 in and around 9/11 have borne the brunt of the War on Terror. The affects of this on young people and global politics are just being understood.
May 2, 2011

Top 5 Documentaries Which Awaken Our Political Consciousness

Movies have a powerful way to help us better understand and react to policy. Here are some of the best of our decade and generation.
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May 2, 2011

Growth in China’s Cities Sees Very Little Green

Environmentally sound urban areas are required for the cities of the future. As the metropolises in China show us, giving little heed to environmentalism can lead to many problems.
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May 2, 2011

On Bin Laden's Death, Hold Your Applause

The death of Osama bin Laden may only be a symbolic end to an era, and will likely do little to curb the multi-headed hydra Al-Qaeda has become.
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May 2, 2011

Tunisian Refugees Prove to be a Problem for E.U. Policy

French and Italian efforts to turn back a wave of Tunisian refugees bypass one of the biggest pillars of the E.U. policy: the free movement of people.
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May 2, 2011

Bashar al-Assad: Another Unwitting Architect of Violent Escalation

Despite his reformist potential and his opportunity to learn from the mistakes of Ben Ali and Mubarak, Bashar al-Assad has mishandled protests in Syria and has, in turn, escalated the unrest.
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May 2, 2011

Populist Economic Myths Debunked

There are many myths about the policy views of fiscal conservatives and the "Wall Street Establishment." It's time these untruths were debunked.
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May 2, 2011

With Bin Laden's Death Comes the End of an Era

Osama bin Laden is dead, and with his execution comes closure, but also more questions.
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May 3, 2011

Forecasting: The Paradox of Predicting Our Future

Forecasting is a useful tool in helping policymakers determine what to prepare for. It may be obvious that this method is used, but an explanation of forecasting helps to understand the process.
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May 3, 2011

The Social Struggle of Our Time

What is the defining struggle of Generation Y as it comes of age and political maturity? The preeminent social issue of our generation will be the survival of the middle-class.
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May 3, 2011

What Bin Laden's Death Doesn't Solve

Bin Laden's death is a welcome relief, but, as with all organizations, the mission of Al-Qaeda will carry on without its leader. His death does not fix many of the problems in the Middle East.
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May 4, 2011

Delicacies of Assassination: What the U.S. Did Right With Bin Laden

Bin Laden's death comes with questions over whether the U.S. handled the situation correctly. Many of these questions can be answered by looking to similar counterterrorism experiences in Israel.
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May 4, 2011

A Different Beast Altogether: A Jihadist Pakistan?

We must not worry about the reinvention of Al-Qaeda, but instead the radicalization of Pakistan, a state harboring jihadist groups who could get their hands on a nuclear arsenal.
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May 4, 2011

Asia Looks to Europe for Arms Sales

European defense companies are making in-roads into the Asian market, supplanting U.S. companies such as Boeing along the way.
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May 5, 2011

What Does Bin Laden's Death Mean for the Bush Doctrine?

The Bush Doctrine proved central to the killing of Osama bin Laden. President Obama should continue to rely on Bush's policies.
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May 5, 2011

African Communities Self-Help in the Battle Against Violence

African warlords are able to spread violence unimpeded by the international community, which fails to group together to stop them. As a result, local defense programs must be promoted.
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May 5, 2011

One Question I Would Like Asked at the GOP Debate

Libertarian minded candidates like Ron Paul may find a receptive audience to their isolationist policies at the next Republican presidential debate.
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May 5, 2011

What Happened to Conservatives' 2010 Message?

The fiscal conservative message of the 2010 elections is losing steam in the wake of resistance to Paul Ryan's Medicare reform proposal.
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May 6, 2011

Who Should Be Credited With Bin Laden's Death?

Osama bin Laden wasn't finally found because of intelligence gathered from Guantanamo Bay torture tactics, as some claim. Instead, it came from the president's strong leadership.
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May 6, 2011

Wanted: A New Bogeyman in the War on Terror

America has hinged its foreign policy actions over the last decade on Osama bin Laden. That threat is now gone, so the U.S. must now find a new target to wage the War on Terror against.
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May 6, 2011

Transition to Autonomy Should Be the Primary Afghanistan Objective

In a post-bin Laden world, the U.S. must determine if occupation of Afghanistan is still vital to national security. At some point soon, the Afghan government will need to fend for itself.
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May 6, 2011

Lower Manhattan Becomes A Portrait of America's Future

As lower Manhattan moves on from the Sept. 11 tragedies, the neighborhood should be seen as a metaphor for America's future: a budding construction site.
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May 8, 2011

The Tragedy of Clientilism and Gifted Development in Latin America

This article describes the consequences of development projects which do not incorporate education and community involvment. The result is communities dependent on governments and NGOs.
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May 8, 2011

Should NATO Have Intervened in Libya?

Patrick Corcoran and Nathan Lean go head-to-head in a podcast debate on the merits of NATO intervention in Libya.
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May 8, 2011

Yemen on the Brink

Yemeni journalist and youth activist Shada Al-Harazi offers her insight on the deteriorating situation in the country.
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May 9, 2011

Who's to Credit for the Bin Laden Raid?

As we seek to give credit to those who brought down Bin Laden, we have become tangled in two questions: Did interrogation lead to his whereabouts, and did the Bush Doctrine work to help find him?
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May 9, 2011

The Real Roots of Terrorism

In fighting the War on Terror, our policymakers should realize that the correlates of terrorism are not the leaders, but failed governments, corruption, and violent conflict in Muslim countries.
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May 9, 2011

Did Americans Overreact to Bin Laden's Death?

Did we as a society react correctly by publicly celebrating Osama bin Laden's death? As President Obama said, "That's not who we are."
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May 9, 2011

Liberals Prove They Aren't Weak On Defense

The "tough" foreign policy methods of the Bush administration are over, replaced by a restrained, yet targeted strategy under Obama. But this liberal foreign policy is by no means "soft."
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May 9, 2011

In Pakistan, From Great Game to Deadly Game

With the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the geo-political atmosphere in South Asia is understandably tense. What does the death of the world's most wanted man mean for Indo-Pak relations?
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May 9, 2011

History Outlines the 2012 Election

History shows that Obama's high approval ratings make it difficult for the GOP to unseat him, even with a poor economy.
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May 9, 2011

Hold the Party Until the End of the War

The War on Terror is not over, despite the death of Osama bin Laden. Therefore our celebrations are premature.
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May 11, 2011

Is This King “Cool?" How Bin Laden’s Death Could Improve Human Rights in Morocco

The U.S. should set a Middle East policy precedent in Morocco, a country of 32 million whose human rights abuses the U.S. has ignored in return for assistance in fighting Al-Qaeda.
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May 11, 2011

To Fix K-12 Education Just Aim Higher

General K-12 education should be modeled after the higher education system in America by introducing consumer choice, administrative flexibility, and performance-based pay.
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May 11, 2011

Offshore Oil Production Bill Should Spark Outrage

A House bill that would expedite oil production in the Gulf of Mexico fails to address environmental concerns a year after the BP disaster.
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May 11, 2011

China's Exaggerated Rise to Superstardom

Despite the hype we've heard about China's economy, a superpower should also have excellent military capabilities and human services, both of which China lacks.
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May 11, 2011

Portugal's Youth Feel the Pinch of A Harsh Economy

In Portugal, like the United States, many young people face a difficult economic and job climate. Portugal's young generation are finding it harder and harder to be productive members of society.
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May 12, 2011

The Need to Cut War Spending

Government spending for defense should be cut heavily, as it doesn't make fiscal sense in helping to build our economy. We should instead spend on, domestic infrastructure and welfare.
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May 12, 2011

Where is the Price of Gasoline Heading?

The price of gasoline has hit all of our wallets, understanding what factors are influencing this price and where it may be heading are explained in this article.
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May 12, 2011

The FairTax Solution for U.S. Unfunded Liabilities

Unfunded liabilities like Medicare and Social Security add to our debt. The implementation of the FairTax, which would replace federal income and payroll taxes, could help solve this problem.
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May 13, 2011

The Federal Reserve Is To Blame For U.S. Budget Woes

The Fed is the problem behind America's faltering economy. The government's ability to create money devalues the dollar, causes prices and interest to rise, and weakens our fiscal situation.
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May 13, 2011

Diversity and Unification Found in Israel's College Students

Israel and Palestine remain locked in conflict, but Muslim, Jewish, and Christian college students at Bar Ilan are able to co-exist in harmony.
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May 13, 2011

Fear of Fear Itself: The "Worried Well" Problem in Biodefense Policy

The nature of an infectious disease outbreak or a bioterrorist attack poses unique policy problems for the response procedures of public health authorities.
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May 13, 2011

Why You Shouldn’t Give to Charity

Giving to certain types of charities creates a paternalistic relationship which conditions people to rely on handouts. You should donate to charities that help people help themselves.
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May 14, 2011

Politics Are Undermining Workers’ Rights and Sacrifices

Labor groups are vital to American business interests. Dissolving workers' rights and unions hurts business and creates an environment of unfair practices.
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May 14, 2011

Debating Obama's 2012 Run: Bin Laden's Killing Shows Leadership

Osama bin Laden's death will be an important factor favoring Obama's re-election. The details of the president as the mastermind of the bin Laden mission provide a narrative of a strong leader.
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May 14, 2011

Failing Economy is Bigger Then Bin Laden's Death

The bounce Obama gets in the polls following Osama bin Laden's death will be gone come 2012 in the face of dismal economic numbers.
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May 15, 2011

New Horizons For Peace in the Middle East

Recent developments in the Middle East should not be seen as antagonistic towards Israel. A democratic Egypt, unified Palestine, and stronger Iran may likely only reap peace, not violence.
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May 16, 2011

Palestinians Must Change Their Attitude Towards Israeli Independence

Palestinians regard the anniversary of Israel’s independence as the “Day of Catastrophe,” but should see it as the “Day of Lost Opportunity."
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May 16, 2011

Closing Gitmo Would Further Obama's Tough Foreign Policy

Obama proved he has a tough foreign policy in killing Osama bin Laden. He should continue to show his tough stance by closing Guantanamo Bay and ending interrogation practices.
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May 16, 2011

How Poor Is Too Poor in India?

Though India has a significant amount of people living in poverty, the government only recognizes the poorest of the poor to receive benefits. This leaves out a large portion of those in need.
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May 16, 2011

Why Populist Outrage Fails to Accept the Hard Work of the Rich

Redistributing wealth by taking money from the upper classes and providing it to the poor is a failed concept. Those who are rich in this country have worked hard for their success.
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May 16, 2011

What the Debt Ceiling Really Means For You

The American debt ceiling is in real danger of cracking. If the U.S. were to default on our $14 trillion debt, our credit rating would crumble — and all Americans would feel the pain.
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May 16, 2011

Not Everything is a Celebration as South Sudan Prepares for Independence

Although South Sudan has gained its independence, there is still a long road ahead for the new state. Unresolved issues with Sudan and neighboring countries could result in more conflict and war.
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May 16, 2011

Middle East Uprisings Give Palestinians Hope For Future

May 15th marks the anniversary of the Palestinians' ongoing conflict with Israel, who mourn it as a day of catastrophe. Recent Arab revolts give hope to Palestinians' looking for freedom.
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May 17, 2011

Call of Duty? Video Games Desensitize And Trivialize War

A new computer game based on the Bin Laden mission has garnered attention. Software companies claim these war games are educational, but they glaze over the meaning and impact of real combat.
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May 17, 2011

Both Organic and GMO Farmers Need to Reevaluate Goals

Farmers should combine the benefits of genetically-modified seeds with organic techniques. Having a common goal and collaboration will not only benefit the farmers, but also society as a whole.
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May 18, 2011

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Keeping Friends Close, Enemies Closer

As the U.S. moves to withdraw from Afghanistan, it is necessary to strengthen diplomatic influence with Pakistan through continued funding. Staying close to Pakistan is the best choice.
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May 18, 2011

Yemen's Saleh Skillfully Avoids Joining Other Leaders Ousted by Arab Spring

President Saleh uses tactful stalling and brutal force to stay in power, a strategy which comes at the price of his people's respect.
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May 18, 2011

Obama's Failing: He's Trapped in Bipartisan Compromise

Since his 2008 campaign, Obama has barely lived up to his promises of change and hope for America. He continually "compromises" with strong-willed Republicans for the sake of bipartisanship.
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May 18, 2011

Criticisms of Wael Ghonim Reveal Issues for a New Egypt

Protesters are unfairly turning against revolution icon Wael Ghonim for focusing on Egypt's economy. These critiques highlight that the protesters are failing to effectively shape a new Egypt.
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May 18, 2011

Can Obama’s Middle East Speech Right the Region?

As Obama prepares to deliver his second Middle East speech, this article delves into the complicated history and dynamics that can hurt his credibility in establishing a new direction forward.
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May 18, 2011

Migration Lays Bare the Rifts in a United Europe

The vision of a united Europe is slipping out of reach. The European Union's inability to organize its immigration and asylum policies is destroying the dream of a united continent.
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May 19, 2011

Fighting Largesse Without Legislators

Kids are getting bigger these days, and many young people are responding to this fact by taking action without engaging legislators.
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May 19, 2011

Mark My Words: Police Officers Using Their Job To Act Above the Law

Citizens look to police officers for safety and protection; however, there is a serious lack of liability as officers, with a sense of entitlement, abuse their powers.
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May 19, 2011

Why Ron Paul Will Win The GOP Nomination

A viable candidate, Paul's fiscal ideas would resonate with strongly with America's economic turmoil. Even without the GOP nomination, Paul has helped expose many Americans to libertarianism.
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May 19, 2011

U.S. Students Silent on Israel-Palestine

Why aren't college students talking more about the issues surrounding Israel and Palestine?
May 19, 2011

Race, Radicalism, and White Participation

Race is an issue that affects everyone in today's society. Having a more honest and inclusive conversation about race relations is necessary for us to achieve true unity and move past racism.
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May 20, 2011

Undermining the Palestinian Right to Return

Both U.S. and Israeli officials — and the media — mostly ignored the significance of last week's Palestinian refugee protests along the Israeli border.
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May 20, 2011

Peace Before Justice in Libya

Gaddafi's brutality deserves immediate punishment, but the ICC is taking a step in the wrong direction by issuing arrest warrants. Careful maneuvering is key in finally capturing Gaddafi.
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May 20, 2011

On Libya, Get Gaddafi or Get Out

NATO's decision to intervene in Libya has still not produced effective results. If NATO is serious about solving the crisis, it's time to go after Gaddafi.
May 20, 2011

What It Means to be a “Radical White”

Racism is not only a psychological problem. It is also a political and economic issue — one which maintains a set hierarchy in our society.
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May 20, 2011

The Beginning of the End for Global Islamist Terrorism

The Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden have significantly weakened global Islamist terrorism. Islamist violence will be more domestically-focused in the future.
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May 20, 2011

China's Rise to Superstardom

China can't be directly compared to the U.S. when making judgments on which nation is stronger. Rather, China should be seen in the context of its own history, policies, and potential.
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May 20, 2011

Can't We Strike Common Sense Deals in Washington Anymore?

Americans suffer from high gas prices because politicians are more concerned with the interests of fringes of the ideological spectrum.
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May 21, 2011

We Must Seek UN Regulations for Private Military Companies

Some private military and security companies have been allowed to live within a shady legal gray area. An upcoming U.N. backed initiative to regulate this sector should be welcomed.
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May 23, 2011

Squashing Uprisings, Mercenaries Could Create a New Wave of Control

Blackwater's founder has recently been hired to build a mercenary force in the UAE, to aid in internal security. This could mark an entirely new form of suppression.
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May 23, 2011

Obama and Netanyahu: Finding a Middle East Peace Plan That Works

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a tough issue, made more complicated by Obama and U.S. foreign policy intervention. Taking a step back and creating a feasible peace plan is the best strategy.
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May 23, 2011

Pawlenty Launches His Candidacy: I'll Listen for Now

Tim Pawlenty announced his candidacy yesterday with a video. My initial reaction was positive, and now we'll have to see how his campaign develops.
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May 23, 2011

Yemen At A Political Crossroad

President Saleh lost the support of influential groups during the Yemen protests. Unfortunately, Saleh, the elites, and citizens each have different ideas for the government and future.
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May 24, 2011

Close Government-Corporate Ties Are Bad News for Middle-Class

The relationship between self-interested corporations and government is growing. This should alarm the middle class, dogged by foreclosures and unemployment because these companies don't have the
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May 25, 2011

Congo, the "Rape Capital of the World"

Rape is commonplace in eastern Congo, used by militias and even families to control women. The international community continues to only treat the symptoms, rather than fixing the causes.
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May 25, 2011

Forget '67, Israel's Worry Should Be on the Present

Reporting from AIPAC, James Taylor argues that Israel needs to figure out its long-term priorities: Is it a Jewish state or democratic state which includes Palestinians.
May 25, 2011

Why the New Consumer Protection Agency is A Matter of Civil Rights

A new federal consumer protection agency will seek to curb financial abuses. This agency will be especially important in minority communities, where predatory lending has afflicted many.
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May 25, 2011

U.S. Coercion of Israel Will Create More Problems Than It Solves

PolicyMic writer Nathan Lean suggests that the U.S. coerce Israel by slashing military aid to it. In fact, this strategy is riddled with false assumptions and will exacerbate the conflict.
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May 25, 2011

Focus on China's Domestic and Foreign Policy Failings, Not Her Superpower Status

The debate over China's "superpower" status is detracting from a more meaningful debate on its terrible human rights record and foreign policy problems.
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May 25, 2011

Turkey’s New Middle East Geo-Political Power

In light of the Arab Spring revolts, Turkey is flexing its political muscle. The country strives to be an inspiration for new political parties, and the first friend to new Arab governments.
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May 25, 2011

New Federal Regulations Threaten Students' Freedom of Speech

New federal guidelines handed down from the Department of Education pose fundamental threats to free speech and due process rights of college students.
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May 26, 2011

In the Israel-Palestine Debate, We Lose Sight of Israel's Generosity

President Obama called for Israel to return to it's 1967-borders. Why should the lone Jewish state have to further cut down its borders?
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May 26, 2011

Mark My Words: Lack of Public Debate in Congress Called Into Question

Preventing public debate or threatening meritless filibuster to score political points is a depraved practice that mocks the democratic principles that underlie this country’s founding.
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May 26, 2011

Egyptians Call for a “Second Revolution” Against Their Military

Friday could mark the next large-scale revolution in Egypt. The military government that stepped in after Mubarak is no better than the ousted leader himself.
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May 26, 2011

Law And Order? NYPD Officers Acquitted Of Rape Charges

After seven days of deliberations and a six-week trial, a jury found NYPD officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata not guilty of the rape of an intoxicated woman they helped one night in 2008.
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May 26, 2011

Why We Should Sink the Bible Ark Park

Kentucky approved a $43 million tax break for a Bible-themed Ark amusement park. The move proves Kentucky's leadership is inept. They should have used political power to solve bigger issues.
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May 26, 2011

Water: A New Negotiation Tool in the Middle East

The issue of the Middle East's dwindling water supply could prompt countries in the region to begin peace talks.
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May 27, 2011

New BRICS in the Wall

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are the world's fastest developing nations. Their disunity is one reason they haven't been able to make a collective stand.
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May 27, 2011

Analyzing JFK's Legacy: A Shift from Policy to Personality

With Sunday marking Kenendy's birthday, it's time reflect on his legacy. His media savvy and focus on publicity changed how Americans view presidential candidates and how campaigns are run.
May 27, 2011

Anti-White Bias vs. Anti-Black Bias: The New Issue of Racism

A recent study shows that whites believe that racism is a “zero-sum game they are now losing.” Still, anti-white bias should not be seen as a bigger issue than anti-black racism.
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May 27, 2011

In Palestine, the Stage is Set for Nonviolent Resistance

Young people in the West Bank came together to share their hopes and dreams. Promoting creativity over violence, OneVoice Palestine made the actors' stage an outlet for expression.
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May 28, 2011

U.S. Arms Sales To Taiwan Ensure Cross-Strait Stability

Though the number of U.S. weapons sold to the Taiwan is high, their technological sophistication remains below China's own arsenal. Still, arms sales give Taiwan an edge in negotiation.
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May 28, 2011

Can Pop Music Make a Political Difference?

Art — including pop music — can be used to make serious points about society, politics, and economics. The opinions artists set forth are just as powerful as those made by policymakers.
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May 29, 2011

Will Congress Give the President the Authority to Wage Permanent War?

New legislation giving the president the ability to wage war at any time without the consent of Congress would turn the office into a near dictatorship.
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May 30, 2011

The Tentative Future of Oil-Exporting Arab Regimes

Gulf regimes in the Middle East have remained politically stable. While this is mostly due to economic factors, these regimes should begin to evolve to fit the new political landscape.
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May 31, 2011

USIP's Funding is Cut to Give More Money to the Military Budget

The USIP offers important services in rebuilding post-conflict zones. Congress recently passed a budget bill that would destroy this institution. This would diminish U.S. foreign policy goals.
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May 31, 2011

Nonviolence and the Palestinian Arab Spring: The Movement Israel Must Empower

As the Palestinian Arab Spring spurs massive nonviolent protest, Israel must capitalize on this new opportunity to empower and negotiate with peaceful moderates in order to ostracize extremists.
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May 31, 2011

Only a Multilateral Effort Will Bring Gaddafi to Justice and Peace to Libya

NATO has significantly increased air strikes to pressure Gaddafi's surrender. This was not an isolated military move; it is part of a multilateral effort from the Security Council and the ICC.
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May 31, 2011

State-Building After the Arab Spring Starts with USAID

Obama's recent Middle Eastern speech outlined a promising strategy for state-building after the Arab Spring. However, long-term sustainability requires USAID's help to maintain good governance.