After the successful election of Donald Trump the liberal establishment is still trying to figure out what happened. While it is important to note that Hillary Clinton leads by over half a million votes in the popular vote, the 18th century institution of the Electoral College means Trump will be the next leader of the … Continue reading What ISIS and Trumpists Have in Common
As the offensive in Mosul began, a small, unmanned airplane, reminiscent of remote controlled (RC) airplanes flown by hobbyists, flew over Kurdish Peshmerga fighters north of the city. Concerned about the nature and purpose of the vehicle, security forces downed the plane to eliminate any threat it may have posed. A small group of soldiers … Continue reading From Hobby to Weapon: The Rise of the Aerial-borne Improvised Explosive Devices
This week Muslims around the world marked Eid al-Adha, a holy day in which sacrifice and charity are celebrated. As Syrian Muslims observed the occasion, the implementation of a new ceasefire agreement gave additional reasons to give thanks. While the agreement appears to be largely holding, though there have been reports of some violations and … Continue reading What is Aleppo? This is Aleppo.
See this post at the Civilians in Conflict blog.
After Philando Castillo and Anton Sterling were killed by police I was as enraged as any thinking person ought to have been. Living in Washington, D.C., I have a unique opportunity to engage in civil discourse at all levels of power and in many forms. From street marches, sit-ins, letter campaigns, and direct dialogue with … Continue reading The Fallacies of the Regressive Liberal
Yesterday President Obama, flanked by former president George W. Bush, spoke at a ceremony commemorating the lives of police officers killed in Dallas last weekend. Cutting through the sanctimonious and pious eulogies and calls for unity is a demand to understand. Yet, understanding the shooting of officers in Dallas is difficult. It's easy to fall … Continue reading The Dialectics of Brutality in Dallas