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In Terror's Wake, America Must Remain Our Brothers' Keeper

Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" Genesis, 4:9 Our Response To Terror After the horrific mass attacks directed at France, Russia, Mali, Lebanon, TunisiaShow More Summary

Russia's Premeditated Incursion

For all of the discussion of the shooting down of a Russian bomber by the Turkish Air Force one important fact seems to have been overlooked. If you study a map of the border region in which the event occurred it seems fairly obvious...Show More Summary

Claiming Power, Creating the Future

"Since the people are sovereign under our Constitution..." Ralph Nader writes in a recent essay that we should demand acknowledgement of this fact from our presidential candidates and ask what they will do to restore this sovereignty to the American people, in their various manifestations as voters, taxpayers, workers and consumers. Show More Summary

Why Admitting One Million Refugees Can Help Defeat ISIS

I believe the United States is in the midst of making a major and very damaging mistake in relationship to ISIS. That's because we are doing exactly what they want us to do to play into their apocalyptic endgame. Governors, legislators,...Show More Summary

New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Two years ago this week, the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department released proposed rules to clarify nonprofit political spending guidelines. Although imperfect, those proposed rules marked an important step forward toward reining in the amount of secret money that infects our politics. Show More Summary

A New "Tipping Point"?

There is a phrase that has become part of the lexicon of Silicon Valley. It is the "tipping point." Something is occurring right before our eyes and ears with respect to law enforcement -- specifically the police, nationwide -- and the...Show More Summary

Every Person Deserves a Place to Call Home for the Holidays

Where will you spend your Thanksgiving? If you spend it with family or friends around a table piled high with a feast, and maybe followed by a football game, you have much to be thankful for. Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. Show More Summary

Buy Made in China, Weaken National Security?

The National Interest Crouching Tiger Series: Buy Made In China, Weaken National Security? from Peter Navarro on Vimeo. At the next two presidential debates - the Republicans square off in Nevada and the Democrats duel in New Hampshire...Show More Summary

Bring Climate Change in from the Cold

While the nation focuses on terrorism and the horrific attack in Paris (as well as other nations overseas), there is another issue that the Pentagon has stated is an immediate threat to our national security. Yet it is rarely, if ever, discussed in those terms on the Republican side of the aisle. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving and Social Security: Different Reasons for Welcoming Syrian Refugees

Thanksgiving celebrates the first time in our history when refugees, fleeing persecution, were welcomed and aided by those already here. The Wampanoag tribe not only welcomed the pilgrim-refugees to this land but provided them with food during their first winter when the pilgrim-refugees' own provisions ran short. Show More Summary

Why ISIS is Winning

The short version: ISIS is winning because the major players in this fight are not working together and even working against each other. The long version is more complicated. The US, UK and France are all working well together, but they are not working with Iran, Russia, and Syria who are working well together. Show More Summary

How Tolerant Minds and Calm Politics Can Stop ISIS' War of Terror From Spreading

SONEPAT, India -- "France is at war." These four words of President Hollande's have the smell of smoke, the crackle of gunfire. They take anyone hearing them back to World War II. The "is" in "France is at war" tells the world that this is not about intention but action, not about anger but revenge at work. Show More Summary

Top Ten Dumb Arguments

In giving my list of top ten dumb arguments, let me offer my sincerest apologies to David Letterman. After listing the arguments, let me comment briefly on each. 1. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." 2. Show More Summary

For Bernie Sanders: A Practical Plan for Free College Education That Can Work Now!

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes free tuition at public colleges and universities in his "College for All Act." Who wouldn't welcome that? For most Americans the cost of four years of college is prohibitive. It excludes capable students who simply can't afford tuition. Show More Summary

Democrats Too Often Prioritize Political Opportunism Over Principled Policymaking

Two things that happened last week illustrate much of what's wrong with the Democratic party. First, Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon doubled down on Clinton's commitment, voiced at the last Democratic debate, to avoid...Show More Summary

Shifting Afghan Gears: Build, Don't Blast

Afghanistan has enormous economic potential as outlined in a recent US Army review; developing this is the key to stability. Despite fourteen years of US military support, the situation has deteriorated to the point that the senior US...Show More Summary

Laquan McDonald's Final Seconds Tell Us We Have No Time to Waste. Reform the Police Now.

Use a stopwatch to understand how much you can do in 14 seconds. Run the length of a football field. Kiss someone for several seconds after listening to the 10-second countdown on New Year's Eve. Fourteen seconds is how long it took Officer Van Dyke to fire 16 shots into the body of Laquan McDonald. Show More Summary

Giving Thanks in Tumultuous Times

We live in tumultuous times. In cafes and concert halls, mosques and churches, hotels and schools--people are losing their lives in senseless, brutal attacks. Meanwhile, politicians are arguing about closing our country's borders and expelling foreigners living among us. Show More Summary

COP21 in Paris: Food for Thoughts

As Paris mourns its recent tragedy, it also looks to the future, hosting the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference -- COP21 -- starting next week. At this meeting, every nation will hopefully commit to reducing its emissions, and together, take a significant step towards determining a sustainable future for all. Show More Summary

What Was Won and Lost in Steven Salaita's University of Illinois Settlement

My heartiest congratulations go out to the Center for Constitutional Rights and their client Professor Steven Salaita, who deservedly was awarded $875,000--far less than the assumed amount of wages he would have garnered over the next few decades as a tenured professor--by the University of Illinois to settle the lawsuit brought against them. Show More Summary

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