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Joe Calder

Middle East

The End of Boogeyman: The Iran Deal Explained

By On August 10, 2015

Much has been made about the American-Iranian nuclear deal negotiated in large part by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Javid Zarif. From pundits to the public, suddenly every… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: June 25, 2015

By On June 25, 2015

Obama Admin Wins as SCOTUS Upholds ACA Subsidies The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell is not simply a victory for the Obama administration — and for the millions of… Read More


Listen, Question, Support: Being An Ally

By On June 19, 2015

As is so often the case in American history, white Americans frequently feel the need to get in their word about racially tinged situations. In the aftermath of Ferguson, we called for… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: June 17, 2015

By On June 17, 2015

Omar Al-Bashir Case Puts ICC on the Brink Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has evaded arrest and transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague yet again. On Monday, he departed… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: June 10, 2015

By On June 10, 2015

The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’ “Kang’s goal, as wildly optimistic as it may sound, is nothing less than the overthrow of the North Korean government. He… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know:   May 21, 2015

By On May 21, 2015

Pro-Scott Walker PAC spells out perks for high rolling donors “Those benefits are itemized in a handout from Unintimidated PAC, the committee launched by longtime Walker advisers, to people attending a private… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know:   May 13, 2015

By On May 13, 2015

Carly Fiorina Finally Pays 2010 Senate Campaign Staffers “Until late last year, Fiorina was close to $500,000 in debt from her 2010 run, nearly all of it in unpaid compensation to campaign… Read More


Concepcion Picciotto: An Icon of Dissent

By On May 6, 2015

This past weekend, I had the chance to spend a few days in Washington D.C. with some friends. On International Workers’ Day, I set off to the National Mall in hopes of… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: April 22, 2015

By On April 22, 2015

Pair of Chimpanzees Ruled “Legal Persons” by A US Judge “For the first time in U.S. history, a judge has effectively recognized two chimpanzees as legal persons, in an order Monday which… Read More


How The UNCGOP Created Campus Uproar In 2 Days

By On April 17, 2015

In February, three Muslim students–Deah, Yusor and Razan–were shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by a man whose Facebook posts revealed his anti-religious beliefs. The University of North Carolina, the… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: April 6, 2015

By On April 6, 2015

Indiana Woman Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison After Miscarriage “On Monday, Purvi Patel, an Indian-American woman, became the first person in U.S. history sentenced to prison for feticide, for ending her… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know: October 1, 2014

By On October 1, 2014

Hillary Clinton admits role in Honduran coup aftermath In her recently published memoir, Hard Choices, Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, admitted to playing a role in ensuring that Honduran President Manuel… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know: September 18, 2014

By On September 18, 2014

Bomb Blast Kills Students in Kano, Nigeria A police shootout with suspected suicide bombers has left at least 13 people dead and a further 34 wounded. Four gunmen stormed the school on… Read More


We Are Nun

By On August 13, 2014

This is the letter “nūn,” (pronounced “noon”) it is the Arabic letter for the sound “n.” It is one of the simpler, yet elegant letters of Arabic calligraphy – just a sweeping… Read More


Responsibilities and Capabilities

By On July 22, 2014

On Friday, the Israeli government started their controversial ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Citing self-defense as the main motivator for the invasion, Prime Minister Netanyahu had this to say: We chose… Read More


Vienna, or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Layover

By On July 8, 2014

Airlines Attendant: Which one of you is going to Vienna? Me: That’s me. Airlines Attendant: Please move your things to the front of the aircraft. You know that something is wrong when… Read More


Evil Begets Evil

By On July 3, 2014

His name was Mohammad Abu Khedair. He was seventeen years old.   They were named Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar. They were on their ways home from school.   It… Read More


It Only Gets Worse: Syrian Opposition Groups Recruiting Children

By On June 25, 2014

The Syrian crisis only continues to get worse. On Monday, Human Rights Watch released a comprehensive report detailing the use of children in active and support roles in opposition forces in Syria.… Read More


Reception Crashers: Geneva and Jordan Pt. 4

By On June 5, 2014

Every spring, the pollen bloom reduces me to a coughing, sneezing, eye watering invalid, and every spring I fail to find an allergy medication that works. It just so happens that the pollen… Read More


What does a guy have to do to get a bowl?: Geneva and Jordan Pt. 3

By On May 30, 2014

In the past few hours in Switzerland, I’ve seen: An unbelievable amount of roller skaters (we’re talking 1950′s style drive up diner skates) At least 5 fully grown men trying to make the… Read More