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Michael Shank

Opinion

Gunslinging in America

Gun control is only one part of a larger problem that America is facing.

Politics

Tackling the most grave and serious global security threats

Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars spent on bunker-busting bombs is money wasted on a superfluous political game.

US & Canada

Need a thoughtful, efficient legal immigration process

If the US wants to be a democratic beacon on the hill, it should build the beacon fairly and make sure it shines on all.

Opinion

Racism and classism in the heart of America's capital

Highly "diverse neighbourhoods" are actually rare - African Americans remain concentrated in segregated neighbourhoods.

Environment

Hurricane Sandy: Time to do something about climate change

Storms are becoming more severe and it is attributable to "our warming climate and seas and our melting ice caps".

US & Canada

'Free Speech' on the DC Metro

In forcing the DC Metro to take an ad buy, we have crossed the line of liberty - we are no longer defending free speech.

Environment

The security implications of the American lifestyle

We should be giving more consideration to three major security frontiers: Religious, food and climate security.

Politics

Paul Ryan's path to economic peril

The policy prescriptions of the Republicans' vice-presidential pick would hurt the majority of Americans.

Politics

Mass shootings show need for gun law reform

The US needs more stringent background checks, more data on guns, an assault weapons ban - and more social capital.

US & Canada

Gun control mustn't be the only thing in the spotlight

The latest mass shooting in the US must provoke a debate that encompasses the socio-economic health of the nation.

US & Canada

Invest in the Afghan people not foreign contractors

The country's post-withdrawal development plan should be handled by those who know Afghanistan best - the Afghans.

Environment

Jeffrey Sachs for the World Bank?

Jeffrey Sachs is a man committed to doing everything in his power to eradicate poverty within his lifetime, says Shank.