Category Archives: Middle-East

The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

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2017 – It Was A Year

It seems to me…. “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke[1]. Another year – 2017 – has now passed. When young, New Year’s was an excuse to party but … Continue reading

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U.S.-Iranian Relations

It seems to me…. “Iran rejects weapons of mass destruction based on its belief system, its religious belief system, as well as well as its ethical standpoint.” ~ Hassan Rouhani[1]. The nuclear agreement signed with Iran on 14 July 2015, … Continue reading

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Living With Immigration

It seems to me…. “Ours is an open and accepting society and has historically provided an avenue for lawful immigration to all those willing to accept the responsibilities of citizenship.” ~ Spencer Bachus[1]. The entire world is in an age … Continue reading

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Crime And Punishment

It seems to me…. “Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.” ~ Johnnie Cochran[1]. Prison population reduction needs to become a major U.S. priority. The federal prison system, especially, … Continue reading

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Employment And Automation

It seems to me…. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt[1]. Major traditional … Continue reading

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The Refugee/Immigration Dilemma

It seems to me…. “But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.” ~ Samuel P. Huntington[1]. Politicians frequently intentionally fail … Continue reading

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