Time to Test the Presidential Candidates

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by Henry Precht There is a school of political scientists that argues candidates for high office ought to be selected by examination rather than ballot. It’s not a very significant or noisy school, to be sure. But it’s a thesis that bears… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Attacks on Islam: Dangerous and Way Off the Mark

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by Emile Nakhleh Donald J. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, told CNN recently that “Islam hates us.” Although he maintains that the United States is engaged in a war against radical Islam, he claims, “It’s very hard to separate… Continue Reading  

Is the President an “elected king”?

Something light, or heavy, depending on your views of the US constitution, just days before official voting starts for the presidential election.

Will Disgraced Pres. Ahmadinejad Impede Diplomatic Window of Opportunity with Iran?

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US-Iran relations expert Trita Parsi explains why diplomatic headway can be made with Iran in the time period after the US presidential election and before the Iranian election in the Daily Beast’s “Open Zion“: Between November 8, 2012, and mid-March… Continue Reading  

No changes in Iran-US relations expected until after Iranian election

This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton indicated they wanted talks with Iran to resume even as the US’s dual-track policy of pressure and diplomacy (translation: more sanctions) continues: HIGH REPRESENTATIVE ASHTON: As you know, in New… Continue Reading