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Ryan is a researcher of Japanese literature currently investigating the influence, for better or worse, that the importation of Western realism had on modern Japanese literary history. He keeps a blog -- www.beholdmyswarthyface.com -- that is in both Japanese and English. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Ryan currently resides in Tokyo. He has been a U.S. foreign policy "otaku" since September 12, 2001.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 20, 2008 Barack Our Savior?
Can Barack Obama, by changing the course of our foreign policy, save us from self-destruction?
SHARE Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Conversations With History
An online interview with military strategist Thomas P.M. Barnett offers an intimate (and disturbing) look into the Pentagon and its thinking regarding American foreign policy.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 11, 2008 McCain's New TV Ad: Invoking Two Giants of the Imperial Age
A new TV ad released by John McCain invokes two heroes from Anglo-American imperial lore, Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, and provides us with a glimpse into a pompous head filled with fantasy and anachronous imperial delusions.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 20, 2008 BREAKING NEWS: Ron Paul Places Second in Nevada
After roundly defeating Giuliani in each contest to date, the anti-war candidate Ron Paul has now made an extraordinary surge in Nevada, placing second and defeating front-runner John McCain.
(47 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 10, 2008 Ron Paul Places Fifth in NH: Now To Whom Do We Turn?
(Now that all Presidential candidates who offered any real alternative to the status-quo- namely, Ron Paul, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson- seem to be out of the race, we must now decide whether to sit out the election or make serious compromises.)
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 26, 2007 Thoughts on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Statement Regarding Homosexuality in Iran
After Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered his speech at Columbia University earlier this fall, he was much ridiculed for his statement about homosexuality in Iran. The American critics, however, failed to realize that different cultures have very different understandings of just what "human sexuality" is. His statement therefore must be understood in its proper context, which is what I try to do in this article.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 24, 2007 Ron Paul, Imperial Japan, and the (Il)Legitimacy of American Expansion
America today is facing many of the same dilemmas that Imperial Japan faced in the 1930s -- empire, military over-expansion, restrictions of civil liberties at home, etc. In this article, I point out how today's neoconservative vision of "American globalism" resembles Japan's "Pan-Asian" ideology, and how Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who presents a challenge to this.