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Aggressively Pursuing the Human Rights Agenda

Undoubtedly, effective human rights policy has the ability to enhance the global image of the United States and strengthen its national security.  It is necessitated by the elevated state of threat to our nation and, to an extent, is where these abuses resonate. The reach of human rights policy, while admittedly difficult to quantify, is rooted in our nation’s desire to adhere to the moral principles that championed its own creation centuries ago and its willingness to promote them abroad. Continue reading

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Iraqi Security Forces: Are They Ready?

Certainly, Iraq has made much progress over the past four years. Nevertheless, attacks against political leaders and religious minorities, along with religious and tribal conflicts, are not capable of being averted by the current Iraqi Security Forces. With the instability of many governments in the Middle East, the United States has an enormous stake in the outcome of the Iraqi democratic experiment. After such an enormous monetary investment and the enduring sacrifice of thousands, the US cannot leave Iraqi security in the hands of ill-prepared Iraqi Security Forces. Continue reading

Christianity’s Exodus from Iraq

As worshippers gathered for Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad on October 31, 2010, no one could envision the bloodshed that would occur that day. According to witnesses, al Qaeda terrorists stormed the church and, upon entering, immediately shot the priest. They held hostage the congregation of more than 100 before Iraqi security forces intervened, setting off a deadly gun battle. Thirty-seven hostages and seven members of the security force were brutally murdered that day. This was the deadliest church attack since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 (Reuters). Continue reading

Pragmatic Solidarity, Liberation Theology, and Health Care as a Human Right

Summary and Critique of Paul Farmer’s Book: Pathologies of Power Share! In Pathologies of Power, Dr. Paul Farmer, anthropologist and infectious diseases specialist, attempts to reframe the struggle for social and economic rights within the context of health and medicine, and offers some solutions to the growing inegalitarianism between the access to health and technology … Continue reading

Germany and France’s Muslim Problem: Is Political Frustration the Cause?

The idea of a “Muslim siege,” stemming from the belief that all Muslims are challenging European’s assimilation policies, is driven primarily by islamaphobia, fear, and populism. Boukhars concludes by arguing that the absolute assimilation of Muslims in France and Germany must stop, and integration with political representation must be promoted. Continue reading

Is the Middle East Playing With Nuclear Dominos?

In an article published by Foreign Affairs titled “The Nuclear Domino Myth,” Johan Bergenas argues that a nuclear domino effect from Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program in the Middle East is an exaggerated theory with no historical basis. Bergenas points toward historical trends in nuclear arms races, the US nuclear umbrella, and the containment power of the NPT (non-proliferation treaty) as reasons to delegitimize the nuclear domino theory in the Middle East. Continue reading

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