“Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge” Video Response

“Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses the recent anti-corruption purge undertaken by the government of Saudi Arabia. On November 4, 2017, several Saudi Arabian business leaders,…

George Herbert Mead & Pragmatic Philosophy

George Herbert Mead & Pragmatic Philosophy

George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) is a major figure in Philosophy and (along with Willam James and John Dewey), is one of the founders of Pragmatism,…

OurWeek in Politics (4/7-4/14/18)

OurWeek in Politics (4/7-4/14/18)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. US, UK, and France Bomb Syria Over “Suspected” Chemical Weapons Attack The US…

Immanuel Kant & Dentological Ethics

Immanuel Kant & Dentological Ethics

One of the most influential figures on Western philosophical thought was Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), a German philosopher active during the 18th Century. Kant’s contributions to the fields…

OurWeek In Politics (3/25-4/1/18)

OurWeek In Politics (3/25-4/1/18)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. US Expels 60 Russian diplomats in Response to UK nerve agent attack On March…

OurWeek in Politics (3/11-3/18/18)

OurWeek in Politics (3/11-3/18/18)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. President Donald Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On March 13, President…

What Is Philosphy?

What Is Philosphy?

Philosophy (literally meaning “love of wisdom” in Greek) is the study of general and fundamental queries concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind,…

Iraq Country Profile

Iraq Country Profile

Iraq (officially known as the Republic of Iraq) is a Federal parliamentary republic located in the central part of the Middle East. Iraq bordered by…

What is Politics?

What is Politics?

Politics (meaning “affairs of the cities” in Greek) is the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group. It refers to achieving…

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”

In the third chapter of the book “Democratization: theory and experience,” Laurence Whitehead looks at the concept of civil society and its relationship to democratization….

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”

In the book “The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations, An Analytic Study,” Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba present a study of…

OurWeek In Politics (2/11-2/18/18)

OurWeek In Politics (2/11-2/18/18)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Florida School Shooting Leave 17 Dead, 15 Wounded On February 14, a mass…

“10 Minutes: Trump One Year President” Video Response

“10 Minutes: Trump One Year President” Video Response

This video by PressTV presents a review of President Donald Trump’s first full year in office. One year has passed since Donald Trump has been…

OurWeek In Politics (1/28-2/3/18)

OurWeek In Politics (1/28-2/3/18)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred this week 1. President Donald Trump Give First “State of the Union” Address On January 30,…

Bertrand Russell & “Appearance and Reality”

Bertrand Russell & “Appearance and Reality”

One of the most well-known and influential philosophers of the 20th Century was Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and…

OurWeek In Politics (12/24-12/30/17)

OurWeek In Politics (12/24-12/30/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred this week: 1. Major Protests Break Out in Iran On December 28, a series of protest…

Lebanon Country Profile

Lebanon Country Profile

One of the most unstable countries in the Middle East is Lebanon. Officially known as the Lebanese Republic, Lebanon is a parliamentary republic located in…

OurWeek in Politics (12/9-12/16/17)

OurWeek in Politics (12/9-12/16/17)

Here Are the main events in Politics that occurred this week: 1. Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Special Election Race In a major upset, Democratic…

OurWeek in Politics (12/2-12/9/17)

OurWeek in Politics (12/2-12/9/17)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. President Donald Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel On December 6,…

From The Vault: Five Selections From My Record Collection (#1)

From The Vault: Five Selections From My Record Collection (#1)

As a follow-up on my post regarding record collecting as a hobby, here are five 78 RPM records from my extensive Record Collection These recordings…

What is the Middle East?

What is the Middle East?

The Middle East is the term for a region consisting of countries in Southwest Asia and the Northern part of Africa. The term “Middle East”…

OurWeek in Politics (11/5-11/11/17)

OurWeek in Politics (11/5-11/11/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. Democrats Sweep Virginia and New Jersey Gubernatorial Elections Voters in Virginia…

Oh Henry!

Oh Henry!

Oh Henry! By: Thomas Duncan Walter was walking down the candy aisle of his local grocery store in a rural town in Eastern Ohio. He…

History Of The Democratic Party

History Of The Democratic Party

One of the two major political parties in the US is the Democratic Party. With its roots being traced back to the late 18th Century…

Morocco Country Profile

Morocco Country Profile

Arguably one of the most stable countries in the Middle East is Morocco. Officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco, Morocco is a Constitutional monarchy…

“Origins of the crisis in Yemen” Video Response

“Origins of the crisis in Yemen” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses the background of the current political crisis in Yemen. Yemen is located in the Southwestern part of the Middle East…

History of the Republican Party

History of the Republican Party

The Republican Party is one of the two main political parties currently active in the United States. Founded by anti-slavery activists, economic modernizers, and liberal…

OurWeek In Politics (10/14/10/21/17)

OurWeek In Politics (10/14/10/21/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. NJ Gubernatorial Elections Heats Up In The Final Stretch The ongoing…

Feminist Political Philosophies

Feminist Political Philosophies

Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share the common goal to achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of…

What is Libertarianism?

What is Libertarianism?

Libertarianism is a political theory that upholds individual liberty as the key to a good and proper society. Libertarianism seeks to highlight the importance of…

Our Week In Politics #9 (10/8-10/15/17)

Our Week In Politics #9 (10/8-10/15/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. President Donald Trump Decertifies The Iran Nuclear Deal On October 13,…

OurWeek in Politics #8 (9/16-9/23/17)

OurWeek in Politics #8 (9/16-9/23/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. President Trump Gives First Speech Before The United Nations On September…

OurWeek in Politics #7 (9/9-9/16/17)

OurWeek in Politics #7 (9/9-9/16/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. Push to Repeal “Obamacare” Resumes in the Senate On September 13,…

OurWeek in Politics #6 (9/2-9/9/17)

OurWeek in Politics #6 (9/2-9/9/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. President Trump Ends the DACA Program On September 5, President Donald…

OurWeek in Politics #5 (8/26-9/2/17)

OurWeek in Politics #5 (8/26-9/2/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. President Donald Trump Puts Forward Tax Reform Proposal In a speech…

Social Contract Theory

Social Contract Theory

Social Contract Theory is a concept that dates back to the Age of Enlightenment that explores the origins of society and the legitimacy of the…

Palestine Country Profile

Palestine Country Profile

One of the most notable countries in the Middle East is Palestine. Officially known as the State of Palestine, Palestine is a Parliamentary Republic located…

OurWeek in Politics #4 (8/19-8/26/17)

OurWeek in Politics #4 (8/19-8/26/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. Trump Impeachment Talk Begins to Gain Traction in Congress This past…

OurWeek in Politics #3 (8/12-8/19/17)

OurWeek in Politics #3 (8/12-8/19/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. NJ Congressional Members Lead Push for Legislative Changes After the Charlottesville Incident…

Nigeria Country Profile

Nigeria Country Profile

One of the most notable emerging countries is Nigeria. Officially known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nigeria is a Federal presidential republic located in…

OurWeek in Politics #2 (8/5-8/12/17)

OurWeek in Politics #2 (8/5-8/12/17)

Here are the main events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. Tensions Between North Korea & The US Heat Up Over the…

“Decline of the Ottoman Empire” Video Response

“Decline of the Ottoman Empire” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport discusses the decline of the Ottoman Empire during the late 19th and early 20th Century. The Ottoman Empire was an empire…

OurWeek in Politics #1 (7/31-8/5/17)

OurWeek in Politics #1 (7/31-8/5/17)

Here are the major events in Politics that occurred over the past week: 1. Court Revives Bridgegate Records Suit The Bridgegate scandal was back in the news on…

Five Things You Need to Know About Record Collecting

Five Things You Need to Know About Record Collecting

Outside of my professional interests/scholarly pursuits, I am a Record Collector. I have been collecting records a little over 10 years and have amassed thousands…

What is Zionism?

What is Zionism?

Zionism is an international movement that supports the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel (known as…

Three Dominant Conceptions of God

Three Dominant Conceptions of God

Classical Theism is the belief in which God is an absolute and ultimate metaphysical being. Whereas most theists agree that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and…

Are You Bad At Critical Thinking?

Are You Bad At Critical Thinking?

Within every academic field and in one’s personal life, it is important to recognize when an individual is acting as a Un-Critical Thinker and is giving…

Socio-political Inequalities in the Middle East: How to Address Them

Socio-political Inequalities in the Middle East: How to Address Them

A major issue facing the Middle East is the continued struggle to address the limited level of political freedom and high level of socioeconomic inequalities…

“Islamic Conquest of Persia” Video Response

“Islamic Conquest of Persia” Video Response

This video by Caspian Report discusses the Islamic conquest of Persia (Present-day Iran) during the 7th Century AD. The rise of Islam as a religion…

“Venezuela’s Political Crisis” Video Response

This video by Capsian Report discusses the current political crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela is now experiencing a protracted political crisis that threatens to tear apart…

Theories of Democratic Transitions

Theories of Democratic Transitions

In the study of Democratic Transitions and regime collapse at the international level, there exist many theories that can be used to help explain the…

Analysis of the 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial Election

Analysis of the 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial Election

The 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial Election is set to be held on November 7. Incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie (who was first elected in 2009…

Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey: Recent Policy Proposals

Legalization of Marijuana in New Jersey: Recent Policy Proposals

Although Governor Chris Christie (R) is strongly opposed to legalizing Marijuana (arguing that it is a “gateway” drug despite the fact that it has been…

Classic Liberalism vs. Contemporary Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism

Classic Liberalism vs. Contemporary Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism

The ideology that is identified as Classic Liberalism came out of the thinking of an economist and political philosopher named Adam Smith. Adam Smith was…

Traditional Conservatism vs Modern Conservatism & Neo-Conservatism

Traditional Conservatism vs Modern Conservatism & Neo-Conservatism

Traditional Conservatism is based on the belief in a limited role for the federal government, traditional values such as religion and morality, and the implementation…

Iran Country Profile

Iran Country Profile

*(This article was originally posted on December 30, 2016, but was updated in response to President Trump’s visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel and the…

Ideal US foreign Policy in the Middle East

Ideal US foreign Policy in the Middle East

A major debate within public policy is the ideal foreign policy that the US should follow with regards to the Middle East. some argue that…

The Political System of Belgium & its Role in the UN

The Political System of Belgium & its Role in the UN

Officially known as the Kingdom of Belgium, Belgium is a constitutional monarchy located in Western Europe. Belgium is bordered by Germany, France, the Netherlands, and…

Iran v. Saudi Arabia Rivalry and its Impact on Middle East Politics

Iran v. Saudi Arabia Rivalry and its Impact on Middle East Politics

Within the Middle East, there are a number of different issues that will ultimately shape the future of the region. Some of the specific issues…

The UN & Human Rights

The UN & Human Rights

A key area of interest among political scientists is the promotion of human rights and democracy at the international level. Over the past century, many…

Analysis of the 2017 Iranian Presidential Election

Analysis of the 2017 Iranian Presidential Election

This Friday, the 12th Iranian Presidential Election is set to be held. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani is running for a second term and faces opposing…

Eight Essential Habits of Effective Thinkers

Eight Essential Habits of Effective Thinkers

  Within nearly every field of study, it is important to be a fair in one’s thoughts and actions. By being non-judgmental towards the thoughts, actions,…

Ockham’s Razor

Ockham’s Razor

Ockham’s Razor is a well-known concept within philosophy and logic. It stipulates that in trying to understand something and to determine the solution to a given problem,…

Pascals Wager

Pascals Wager

Pascal’s Wager is a philosophical concept developed by French philosopher Blaise Pascal during the mid 17th Century. The argument is rooted in the concept of game theory…

“Democratization: A Critical Introduction” Summary

“Democratization: A Critical Introduction” Summary

In the book “Democratization: a critical introduction,” Jean Grugel discusses how a range of global pressures and events combined to create a political opportunity for…

International Trade & Classic Liberalism

International Trade & Classic Liberalism

In recent centuries, many different economic theories have emerged to address pressing economic issues facing individual societies and the global economy. Diverse economic theories such…

The Idea of the “Banking Concept in Education”

The Idea of the “Banking Concept in Education”

The Banking Concept in Education is a concept in philosophy originally explored by Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire in his 1968 book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”…

“A Persian Requiem” Book Analysis

“A Persian Requiem” Book Analysis

A Persian Requiem is a 1969 novel by Iranian author Simin Daneshvar. A Persian Requiem is set in the Iranian city of Shiraz during the…

Eleven Things You Need To Know About Islam

Eleven Things You Need To Know About Islam

Islam is the second largest religion in the world and is becoming increasingly prominent in the United States and parts of Europe. Even though Islam…

4 Reasons Why President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order is Wrong

4 Reasons Why President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order is Wrong

Almost two weeks ago, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia),…

Ali Shariati & Liberal Islamic Political Thought

Ali Shariati & Liberal Islamic Political Thought

One of the most important political theorists in Iran over the past century was Ali Shariati. Shariati was a well-known Iranian intellectual active during the…

Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi & Conservative Islamic Political Thought

Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi & Conservative Islamic Political Thought

One of the major figures within contemporary Shi’a Islamic philosophy is Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, an Iranian conservative politician, Islamic scholar, and Shi’a cleric. Mesbah-Yazdi is…

Political Communication in President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Address

Political Communication in President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Address

One of the most significant tools in political communication is the use of public addresses and statements by the President of the United States. In…

Evolution of War Over the Past Century

Evolution of War Over the Past Century

The 20th and early 21st centuries are considered to the bloodiest periods of conflict in history. During this period, human society was characterized by conflicts…

Bonnie Steinbock “Most Abortions are Morally Legitimate” Textual Analysis

Bonnie Steinbock “Most Abortions are Morally Legitimate” Textual Analysis

In the 2005 article “Most Abortions Are Morally Legitimate,” Bonnie Steinbock puts forward an argument stating that abortion is in fact morally justified in most…

Don Marquis “Abortion Is Immoral” Textual Analysis

Don Marquis “Abortion Is Immoral” Textual Analysis

In the 1989 essay “Abortion Is Immoral,” Don Marquis argues that abortion is morally wrong. Marquis feels that most contemporary philosophers ignore the issue of…

Samuel Huntington “Political Development and Political Decay” Summary

Samuel Huntington “Political Development and Political Decay” Summary

In the article, “Political development and political decay,” Samuel Huntington explores the conflict between political mobilization and institutionalization and the importance of institutional development concerning…

John Dewey & “The Quest for Certainty”

John Dewey & “The Quest for Certainty”

One of the most influential American philosophers of the 20th Century was John Dewey. Dewey was a proponent of pragmatism and wrote numerous works on…

“Divided We Fall” Documentary Analysis

“Divided We Fall” Documentary Analysis

In the film “Divided We Fall,” Valarie Kaur looks at the issue of religious intolerance and religious violence in the US post 9/11 and explores…

The Concept of Victimization in the Books “Noonday” and “War Porn”

The Concept of Victimization in the Books “Noonday” and “War Porn”

A common theme evident in nearly all pieces of literature that focus on the notion of war and the effects of warfare on civilians and…

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan

One of the most influential philosophers in recent history is Thomas Hobbes, who was active in Great Britain during the 17th Century. Hobbes was a…

What Is Utilitarianism

What Is Utilitarianism

In the 1861 essay “What Utilitarianism Is,” John Stuart Mill defines the theory of utilitarianism and addresses the common misconceptions people have regarding it. Utilitarianism…

Lipsett and The Modernization Theory of Democracy

Lipsett and The Modernization Theory of Democracy

The theory on democratization by Seymour Lipsett focuses on the relationship between economic development and the likelihood of a country to become and remain a…

The Elite Variable in Democracy

The Elite Variable in Democracy

John Higley and Michael Burton argue that the decisions by societal elites play a role in democratic transitions regime breakdowns in their 1989 article “The…

“The political economy of democratic transitions” Response

“The political economy of democratic transitions” Response

In the article “The political economy of democratic transitions,” Stephen Haggard and Robert Kaufman explore the effects of socioeconomic factors on democracy. Since the early…

The Political System of Iran

The Political System of Iran

Since the 1978-79 Iranian Revolution, there has been much analysis by political scientists and political leaders as to what makes up the Iranian political system….

Andre Gunder Frank & Dependency Theory

Andre Gunder Frank & Dependency Theory

In the book “The development of underdevelopment,” Andre Gunder Frank discusses the factors that have resulted in underdevelopment in certain areas of the world and…

South Korea & Structuralist Development Theory

South Korea & Structuralist Development Theory

In the realm of economic development at the global level, there are a multitude of theories that can be used to explain the development policy…

Donald Trump Convention Speech Summary

Donald Trump Convention Speech Summary

Yesterday, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. After thanking the delegates and the American people for giving…

Political Communication Theory in “Wag the Dog”

Political Communication Theory in “Wag the Dog”

“Wag the Dog” is a 1997 film directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. The films follow an unnamed President,…

“Journeys With George” Political Documentary Summary

“Journeys With George” Political Documentary Summary

“Journeys With George” is a 2002 political documentary directed by Alexandra Pelosi. The film chronicles the 2000 Presidential campaign of George W. Bush from the…

“One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern” Political Documentary Synopsis

“One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern” Political Documentary Synopsis

“One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern” is a 2005 political documentary directed by Stephen Vittoria. The film examines the political career…

“Mitt” Political Documentary Synopsis

“Mitt” Political Documentary Synopsis

“Mitt” is a 2014 political documentary directed by Greg Whiteley that chronicles Mitt Romney’s run for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008 and his candidacy…

“Street Fight” Political Documentary Summary

“Street Fight” Political Documentary Summary

“Street Fight” is a 2005 political documentary directed by Marshall Curry. The film documents the 2002 Newark mayoral election between 16-year incumbent Sharpe James, and…

The Media and American Politics: An Overview

The Media and American Politics: An Overview

The relationship between the media and American politics is traced back to the earliest days of American political history. The press played a significant role…

Ayn Rand: Capitalism and Objectivism Manifested in Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand: Capitalism and Objectivism Manifested in Atlas Shrugged

One of the most significant political theories of the 20th Century is Ayn Rands Objectivism. Rand is known for promoting the philosophical idea of objectivism….

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to run for President?

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to run for President?

A major consideration within American politics is the eligibility requirements of the President, in particular, the question of the “natural born” citizenship requirement. The Constitution…

Crtitque of the Electoral College System

Crtitque of the Electoral College System

During the debate over the ratification of the Constitution in the late 1780s, a series of essays known as the Federalist Papers were written. Primarily…

Poland and International Law

Poland and International Law

An example of a country with a multi-leveled domestic judiciary system is Poland. Poland is a parliamentary republic and is an active member of numerous…

“FDR’s Folly” Book Review

“FDR’s Folly” Book Review

Throughout the 2003 book FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression, Jim Powell argues that the policies of U.S. President…