Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Dennis Ross retirement opens a potential opportunity for Democrats

When Dennis Ross announced his retirement from Congress less than two weeks ago, local Democrats started scrambling for potential candidates in Florida’s 15th Congressional District.  The seat which since 1992 has essentially been anchored by western Polk County, now is more influenced by the burgeoning areas of eastern Hillsborough County. The three Congressman elected in […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr. Death: Leroy Collins, Selma and 1968

In 1968, Alabama’s Democratic former Governor George Wallace who had become a national figure with his “stand in the schoolhouse door” ran for President on the ticket of the “American Independent Party.” The candidacy despite coded words like “crime,” “law breakers,” and “patriotism” was about one thing- race. Wallace had been a populist earlier in […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr Death: Parallels to Gandhi

    Martin Luther King Jr. never met Mohandas Gandhi but yet the Leader of the non-violent Indian Independence movement had a great deal of influence over the similar movement for the liberation of African-Americans from the racist policies of Southern Democratic politicians. MLK Jr. in his own words on Gandhi’s influence on him: King wanted […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr Death: St Augustine and Dr. King

Editors Note: In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  we look back at an article we first ran on the 45th anniversary of Dr, King’s death in April 2013 regarding Dr. King and St Augustine. Today is the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr. Death: A history of political racism in Florida from 1916 onward

This week in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King we will be re-running some select pieces on Civil Rights that we have featured in the five plus years this site has been publishing. The first is a rerun of a 2017 piece. Editors note: With the recent legislative […]

The most dangerous man in the western world will soon hold the key to the future?

How much damage can a US National Security Adviser really do to the global order? We’ll soon find out, as the most dangerous man in the western world, Ambassador (an undeserved title) John Bolton will certainly change the trajectory of world events. Perhaps his hard-line attitude toward Russia has already been felt with today’s expulsion […]

John Bolton appointment a capstone on 15 years of declining American influence abroad

Donald Trump’s decision to ungracefully usher out soldier-scholar General H.R. McMaster (whom Trump never really fancied and represented a consensus-backed face-saving choice after the Michael Flynn debacle ) as his National Security Adviser in favor of  arguably the most dangerous man in the western world, John Bolton is an appropriate capstone on 15 years of […]

FIU bridge collapse leads to a frequent media mistake on bridge-types

In the days following the collapse of the FIU pedestrian bridge, the media tried to simply explain the reason for the collapse of the bridge. Perhaps it was a lack of resources or the need to simplify the issue but a misconception developed thanks to multiple media outlets. The misconception was that the FIU pedestrian […]

15 years on from the invasion, very little media attention on Iraq? Why?

This week, fifteen years ago the US invaded Iraq without provocation. The “preemptive” war pushed by President George W. Bush, who lacked the basic intellect to understand that not all Arabs or Muslims who oppose the US are aligned (which is how presumably David Frum conned him into using the “Axis of Evil” phrase lumping […]

Tallahassee beware: One month on from Parkland, southeast Florida has awakened politically

Southeast Florida is more distant from the seat of power in this state than any other part of Florida. That distance has through the years created an indifference, an ignorance and perhaps a total disinterest in what happens in state government. The metropolitan area stretching from Jupiter to Florida City is the most unique part […]