Dr. Arshad M. Khan

Dr. Arshad M. Khan

Dr. Arshad M. Khan is a former Professor based in the US.  Educated at King's College London, OSU and The University of Chicago, he has a multidisciplinary background that has frequently informed his research.  Thus he headed the analysis of an innovation survey of Norway, and his work on SMEs published in major journals has been widely cited.  He has for several decades also written for the press:  These articles and occasional comments have appeared in print media such as The Dallas Morning News, Dawn (Pakistan), The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Monitor, The Wall Street Journal and others.  On the internet, he has written for Antiwar.com, Asia Times, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Countercurrents, Dissident Voice, Eurasia Review and Modern Diplomacy among many.  His work has been quoted in the U.S. Congress and published in its Congressional Record. 

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very so often the laws of nature appear to reverse, as when cold air is trapped on the earth's surface in a thermal inversion, enveloping people in a smog of pollution. Such has been the recent experience of the Dutch politically, until a blast of fresh air on Wednesday sanitized the country.

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ith all the focus on a wall to (in a way) quarantine Mexico and President Trump's notorious disinclination to read, one wonders if he would be interested in a brief history of Mexican immigration ...

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oming from Donald J. Trump it was a remarkable speech, the measured tone, the presidential timbre ... plus it offered something to everyone. Increased military expenditure of $54 billion to establishment Republicans, immigration controls to the Tea Party wing, tax cuts and a repeal of Obamacare for both, and the sop of family leave to the Democrats.

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disheveled, unkempt, unclean Steve Bannon finally emerged from his warren this week to claim outstanding success for this administration in its first month in office. Disheveled, unkempt, unclean is how Mr. Bannon always looks. The American Psychiatric Association Manual of disorders DSM-IV defines a mental disorder as a "clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern ...". Add Mr. Bannon's paranoid fulminations on Breitbart and there is cause to worry.

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or the ancient Greeks logos meant reason, dialogue and debate. It could also mean speech, the power of language for good or self-gain, an aspect demagogues know well and the sophist Gorgias (5th century BC) warned against.

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t is a conceit of democracy that opposing parties, after months of trying to convince the public the other would be a disaster for the country, should after the election cooperate for the good of the whole.

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ran test-fired a missile and the U.S. government went ballistic. It put Iran 'on notice' -- a phrase meaning little but with a distinct menace.

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uch a flurry of activity in the first week as executive orders poured out of the Oval Office at a fast and furious pace. To what end ...Yes, a wall is going to be built ... except it might be a fence and might not cover the whole stretch. The chief of the border patrol has resigned/fired over disagreement. Yes, the Mexicans are going to pay for it ... except they are not. The Mexican President cancelled his visit to the U.S. over the threats and squabble.

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anuary 20th is unique ... unique in that it has been inauguration day in the U.S. since 1937. Thus it is on this day the people have two presidents, one before noon and the incoming one after. This letter then is addressed to two presidents starting with President Barack H. Obama who ends his term of office.

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resident Obama's farewell address focusing on the state of our democracy offered a lofty perspective coupled with a homily on the responsibility of citizenship. Thrown in were elements of legacy seized upon by numerous commentators from the left and right.

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