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Airdrop Now

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 Last week the U.S. military began … Continue reading

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Americans Want to Move On?

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in … Continue reading

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In the West Wing

So no shit, there I was: sitting in the Roosevelt Room of the West Wing of the White House, at one end of a long, elegantly crafted wooden table, shoulder … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Iran: Lion in the Room

With the announcement of a new extension of nuclear talks with Iran over the weekend, as well as today’s announcement about Iran’s weapons-grade uranium–Iran has been much on my mind. … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Refugees and Conflicts Are Our Problem

The last week’s news cycle has included crises of breathtaking magnitude: Congress has contended with the influx of tens of thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, while the world has … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 50 Comments

Turkey Dispatch: A Modern Media, But Not Free

What does it mean for a government to restrict freedom of the press? Take, for instance, a story about a wide-ranging, multi-million dollar bribery and payoff scandal involving top government officials that … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ask Godzilla: Why the Delay in Restoring Greenpoint’s Ferry Service?

Godzilla, renowned expert on public transit, disasters, big cities, marine life, romance, and other topics, took a few minutes to answer my questions about today’s press release by Councilmember Steve … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

True Boots: Traveling Turkey with Truman and Rumi = #Trumi

I had the honor and pleasure of joining a handful of members of the Truman National Security Project for a media diplomacy tour of Turkey on a trip graciously hosted by … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pride in Istanbul

I felt some regret that I’d be missing out on Pride events in NYC this year because of my travel schedule in Turkey, but was happily surprised to find a … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Supporting a New Generation of Afghan Leaders

The war in Afghanistan is fading from U.S. headline news, and that’s a good thing. But what isn’t good is that important causes and partnerships made between Afghans and Americans … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 1 Comment
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