America’s Relationship with the Middle East

Where is the Barack Obama from Cairo University? On June 4, 2009, just over 100 days after being inaugurated, President Barack Obama made a promise before a crowd of eager listeners in the Main Reception Hall of Cairo University in Egypt. The speech he delivered, as its title suggested, promised “A New Beginning,” for relations between the United States and the Muslim World. Speaking in the cultural capital of the Arab world, and the most populous city in the region, it was clear the President of the United States was…

Game of Drones

The Debate Over Private Drone Use From apps such as Yelp that help us find the best Thai restaurants within a five-block radius to sites like Google Maps that aid us in determining the fastest route to a job interview, we use satellite images daily. The convenience and efficiency of these apps and programs outweigh privacy concerns, but what about the idea of governmental and personal surveillance through the use of unregulated video shadowing? Imagine the prospect of countless drones flying through the open sky, able to take HD video,…

Letters from the Roosevelts

President Obama must learn from Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt that the mark of an historic and effective Presidency is to embrace the role of commander-in-chief, especially in terms of the relationship with the media and Congress. With these models guiding his actions, he will be on the right path to a historic presidency and American will have a better chance of being on the right path into the future.

Occupy Wall Street

There is a nebulous and intangible potential to the Occupy Wall Street movement. More ad-hoc than substance or policy, the movement nonetheless reflects an important, although somewhat misdirected, economic and political critique. Of the cast of characters that occupy Zuccotti Park, (now known collectively as ‘Liberty Park’), it is perhaps the drum circle leading, environmental advocate cum libertarian and gold-standard enthusiast who reflects just how scattered the movements participants are. Indeed, skeptics have questioned whether the array of grievances—from the poetic and arcane to the irate and ill informed—signal an…