Kurdish Voices on Iraq’s Future Must Be Heard

January 14, 2015

Aras Ahmed Mhamad speaks to Kurds about their views on the Iraqi conflict against the Islamic State.  The lighting advance of the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014 remains a direct threat to coexistence in Iraq. Sparking intensified religious conflict, and economic and political disintegration,...

The Sahrawis: Obstacles to Self-Determination (Part 1/2)

September 03, 2014

To protect the people’s rights, the Sahrawi leadership needs to accept the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco. In 1963, the United Nations General Assembly listed the Western Sahara, at the time a Spanish colony, as a non-self-governing territory. Spain, the administrator of the territory, was...

My Name is Kurdistan

March 27, 2014

A unique perspective on the Kurds, experienced through a trip to Kurdistan. The prospect of Kurdistan as a homeland for the Kurds began with the colonial division of western Asia, which followed World War I. With the breakup of the Middle East that created new borders in the Levant, the Treaty of...

Rouhani’s Iran: Striking the Balance Between Continuity and Change

February 21, 2014

Is Rouhani really Ayatollah Gorbachev? Analysts have been quick to make assumptions about President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic maneuvers, translating his diplomatic skills as reminiscent of Mikhail Gorbachev’s era of Perestroika and Glasnost. Jochen Bittner of Die...

Obama Ignores Morocco’s Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

January 05, 2014

US policy on Western Sahara constitutes nothing less than a rejection of international law. In November 2013, President Barack Obama met with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights...

Gandhi: Where Do His Values Stand Today?

October 02, 2013

In modern India, Gandhian values must be replaced with those of other influential people. Being born in India, when first starting to make sense of academia, the first of the names that are heard amongst the plethora of freedom fighters and national heroes is that of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi...

Gandhi and the Paradox of Personal Desire

October 02, 2013

The liberation that Gandhi sought required the renunciation of personal desires. Over the past century, many have accused Gandhi of being the ultimate altruist. On the contrary, however, Gandhi went on to claim that he was doing the work that took over his life for a very selfish reason: that he...

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Gandhi: Bapu, Fakir, and Statesman

October 01, 2013

Despite his blunders, Gandhi continues to be more relevant than ever. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had wide-ranging interests and lived in three continents before exploding to prominence on the national and global stage. He started communes, ran newspapers, walked a lot, wrote innumerable letters,...

Gandhi: Perspectives on Greatness

October 01, 2013

Can Gandhi's values be used in today's India? Background Sixty-five years after his death, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, is still honored and remembered as one of the most influential leaders in history. His ideologies of peace and nonviolence have transcended...

Two Steps Towards A Great Life, According to M. Gandhi

September 30, 2013

In the 21st Century, Gandhi Matters More Than Ever We are at an interesting crossroads in human history where more and more people are waking up in their work and their marriages and are finding themselves deeply dissatisfied.  What was once enough is no longer. Once upon a time the American...

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