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Daesh: The Un-Islamic State

In the midst of a civil war they emerged. Young and foolish, they manipulate scripture to justify their campaigns of terror. They take to the streets shouting religious platitudes while killing all in sight until they themselves are killed. Show More Summary

The Tribulations of Being a Muslim While ISIS Is There

When the reports of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris began to break out in the evening of November 13, a mixed feeling of fright and misery immediately inundated me. I was frightened at the depth of cruelty that had transpired and affected the French people once again. Show More Summary

The Real Terrorist Threat

The terrorism Americans fear most comes from abroad. Islamic radicals, starting with 9/11, have plotted and frequently succeeding in killing our citizens. Yet these legitimate concerns have been turned into hysteria by right wing politicians and their media outlets, who mindlessly denounce Syrian refugees and Sharia law. Show More Summary

Obama's Cagey Strategy Regarding Terrorism

There will be many who read this that will say I've been smoking way too much weed, because what I am about to say is not based on "facts in evidence." If Donald Trump is taking a "we don't need no stinkin' badges" approach to dealing...Show More Summary

The Lepers in America

While many Americans have two or three jobs on a daily basis, there are at the same time many people who are left outside of the daily working and social life. If we compare Americans' labor force to countries elsewhere, we find that US workers put in more working hours than any other industrial nation in the world. Show More Summary

Defend the President's Climate Rules from Republican Attacks; Defend the Planet from President Obama and the Democrats

The Republican Senate just voted to reject plans by President Obama and the EPA to dramatically reduce emissions from coal power plants. This is reactionary politics. It is also political theater that plays right into the hands of the President. Show More Summary

9/11 Families Speak Out on Terrorism in the Sinai, Lebanon and France

Three deadly terrorist attacks in two weeks at the hands of ISIS and escalating threats against America from radical Islamists vowing to kill and destroy us leaves the 9/11 victims' families and survivors angry and determined to fight back. Show More Summary

Passing the Buck

Any high school history student is aware of the famous sign that President Harry Truman kept on his desk: "The Buck Stops Here." Which means: If you are a true leader, you take full responsibility for what happens when you are in power. But...Show More Summary

America: Master Builder No More

Cross-posted with I recently took a little trip into the past and deep into America's distant war zones to write a piece I called "It's a $cam." It was, for me, an eye-opening journey into those long-gone years of American "nation-building" and "reconstruction" in Afghanistan and Iraq. Show More Summary

Congressional Rants

The congressional House Science Committee is supposed to conduct objective oversight on the merits of research possibly impacting domestic and/or foreign policy. So much for expectations. The committee's controlling Republican majority has frequently chosen a different track. Show More Summary

The Truth About Refugees From a U.S. Student Abroad

Photo by Kendall Rock I am currently living in Athens, Greece and I see the refugee crisis every day, on every street, at every age level. Since the spring of 2014, I have worked with and NGOs in Turkey and Greece to aid in the refugee crisis that encompasses not only Syria but also many countries in the Middle East. Show More Summary

Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America Cross-posted with A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative “national energy policy.” Later, that same official steers billions of government dollars to his former oil-field services company. Show More Summary

My Head Tells Me to Fear the Refugees, My Heart Tells Me to Love Them

A friend told me the other day that her daughter cancelled her flight to come home for Thanksgiving because she feared another Paris-like attack in this country. She's driving, instead. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that, like...Show More Summary

Is pardoning turkeys as tasteless as joking about prison rape?

At the White House, the public relations team is finishing President Barack Obama's ceremonial "pardon" of one or two of the turkeys for a cute photo-op with the President's family, as he has done six times as president. I suspect poultry...Show More Summary

Post-Paris Bigotry, Hysteria -- Nothing New Under the Sun

The religious bigotry and industrial scale stupidity and fear exhibited in the United States following the ISIL mass murders in Paris verify Ecclesiastes: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there isShow More Summary

Needed Now: A Syrian Kinder-Transport

The United States should invite 25,000 Syrian families to send one child 10 years or younger to the United States. There they would stay in foster homes until the war is over. The family could reclaim them any time they choose (theyShow More Summary

Five Prerequisites for War Against ISIS

We appear to be moving ever closer toward a world war against the Islamic State. No sane person welcomes war. Yet if we do go to war against ISIS we must keep a watchful eye on 5 things: 1. The burden of fighting the war must be widely...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to the Governor of Iowa from Local Clergy

The Honorable Terry Branstad Governor of the State of Iowa 1007 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 Dear Governor Branstad, We are writing to encourage you to join those who are willing to welcome refugees from Syria. Sometimes horrific circumstances tempt us to lose sight of who we are. Show More Summary

Why the West Should Now See the Sense in Russia's Mideast Policies

MOSCOW -- Although it will take time to truly evaluate the consequences of the Nov. 13 massacre in Paris for the French, European and world politics, some conclusions can be made now. The attacks will almost inevitably lead to an escalation of war in Iraq and Syria, as well as to changes in the balance of forces in the Middle East as a whole. Show More Summary

Another Displaced Person...

With all the Sturm und Drang surrounding the movement of displaced refugees -- and the hostile pushback from self-serving politicians -- I'm reminded of my own situation. That reminder is in the form of an old weathered letter, smaller...Show More Summary

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