America’s Image Problem

The United States definitely sends mixed messages to the Muslim world. Early in his presidency, Barack Obama went to Cairo to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.” The president proclaimed that America...
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Running Against Islam

Every political season has its hot-button issues. There’s race, abortion, lunar colonies. But the hottest hot-button issue these days, judging from comments by Republican presidential hopefuls as well as what happened during the 2010 mid-term elections, is Islam. Islam dominated the headlines during the summer of 2010. Remember Terry Jones and his pledge to burn the Qur’an? Or those...
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Our Man in Beijing?

When Hu Jintao took over as the leader of China in 2002, U.S. companies welcomed his accession as a “good sign for American business.” Political analysts described Hu as a fourth-generation member of the Communist party leadership who might very well turn out to be a “closet liberal.” Playing it safe, the media tended to portray him as a pragmatic enigma. In the wake of 9/11 and...
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Crusade 2.0 events

New  York, NY Date: Monday March 5 Time: 7-9pm ET Location: Bluestockings Bookstore Address: 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002 Philadelphia, PA Date: Wednesday March 7 Time: 7-9pm ET Location: Robin’s Bookstore Address: 110a S. 13th Street Baltimore, MD Date: Thursday March 8 Time: 7-9pm ET Location: Red Emma’s Bookstore Address: 800 St. Paul Street, Baltimore,...
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Letter from Okinawa

Dear Mom: I haven’t written much from Okinawa. I’m sorry about that. I guess maybe you were expecting lots of exciting war stories from your son the Marine. But honestly, the most exciting thing we’ve done is put in a sea wall over by the Torii Beach shoreline and then take it down again when it wasn’t doing its job of controlling erosion. I’m not really sure why we’re over here in...
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