The collapse of one or more of the "Big Three" American automobile manufacturers - General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler - will hurt virtually every area of the reeling U.S. economy, including the healthcare system and the nonprofit sector. Most arguments over the possibility of government intervention focus exclusively on the obvious stakeholders: employees and shareholders of the Big Three, employees and shareholders of U.S. automotive parts suppliers, and taxpayers. Thes ... » read more
The touchstone of the practicing Muslim’s weekly routine is the Friday congregational mid-day prayer. Before the ritual prayer act, there is always a lecture, known as the khutba. ISPU Fellow Mazen Hashem spent several years collecting data relating to the khutbas given at greater-Los Angeles-area mosques between 2003 and 2006. The report, The Muslim Friday Khutba: Veiled and Unveiled Themes, describes noting the milieu (current events, popular conventions or topics ... » read more
In late April 2009, taking full advantage of a failing state, the Pakistani Taliban were sixty miles away from the capital of nuclear-armed Pakistan. Pakistan had capitulated in the Swat Valley by granting carte blanche to the Taliban to exercise administrative and judicial control, thus placing even more territory under direct Taliban rule after Pakistan lost control of most of its tribal agencies abutting Afghanistan. Two months after an unprecedented military operation, however ... » read more
In the days before and after February 14, Valentine’s Day, intimate partner violence and murder rates spike. ... » read more
Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs on July 29, 2009.
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