Author: Kevin C. Gustafson

The Kurdish Referendum and the Kosovo Problem

Almost thirty years ago, the sound of MIG and Mirage fighter jets filled the air above Iraqi Kurdistan. A warm day in early March would mark the occasion of one of the modern era’s worst crimes. The jets, menacingly circling above began to drop familiar ordinances to locals including bombs and napalm. But as the … Continue reading The Kurdish Referendum and the Kosovo Problem

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“Jan Lokpal not Joke Pal” – A Review of India’s Anti-Corruption Efforts

Fighting Corruption in India Slideshow On November 8, 2016, in an effort to “tackle counterfeiting Indian banknotes, to effectively nullify black money hoarded in cash and curb funding of terrorism with fake notes”[1] the Central Bank of India announced that it would withdraw the legal tender status of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1,000 denominations of banknotes … Continue reading “Jan Lokpal not Joke Pal” – A Review of India’s Anti-Corruption Efforts

A Tale of Two Narratives – The Issue of Evidence in Khan Sheikhoun

On Thursday April 6, 2017, two American naval vessels fired 59 cruise missiles towards the Al-Sharyat airbase in Syria targeting the facilities and airplanes stationed there. The official reason behind the strike was that it was in response to a government chemical weapons attack a few days earlier on April 4th at Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Narratives – The Issue of Evidence in Khan Sheikhoun

The Necessity of Radicalism – Learning the Lesson of ‘17

The year 2017, like 1917, will go down in the annals of history as one marked by radical change. Though separated by a century, activists and revolutionaries of both times fight a similar struggle, against similar influences, and in similar ways. But times have also changed, and the lessons from the last bloody century must … Continue reading The Necessity of Radicalism – Learning the Lesson of ‘17

Shame, Badness, and Socrates’ Theory of Punishment in Plato’s Gorgias

In the midst of battle in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Orleans tells Bourbon that his forces could overcome the English if order could be restored and Bourbon replies, “The devil take order now! I’ll to the throng. Let life be short, else shame will be too long.” His impatience for restoring the order necessary for victory … Continue reading Shame, Badness, and Socrates’ Theory of Punishment in Plato’s Gorgias