Sarwar Kashmeri


Sarwar Kashmeri of Reading Vermont is an adjunct professor of political science at Norwich University and author of NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete.  He holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and specializes in international business and national security.

I know it’s been said by many that printed books are heading for extinction, that digital-editions fulfill all the function that their printed cousins do, but a recent experience leads me to conclude otherwise.

My wife and I were visiting my brother and his family at their B&B in Canada, when I found myself wide awake one morning at an unusually early hour and decided to make myself a cup of tea and find something to read.

What should we make of the news that Edward Snowden came in second place for TIME Magazine's Person of the Year, losing out only to Pope Francis?

For leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the press, Snowden is a hero to some and a traitor to others. His action has fueled debates over government surveillance, national security and information privacy. Currently, he’s been granted asylum in Russia.

Henry Kissinger used to quip that if he wanted to call Europe, what number should he use? Well he should have tried to call America during the recent government shutdown. If he had (as I did to express my frustration) he’d have heard a polite recording from the White House switchboard.

“Hello, you've reached the Executive Office of the President. We apologize, but due to the lapse in Federal funding, we are unable to take your call. Once funding is restored our operations will resume. Please call back at that time.”

Before beginning their medical practice doctors take the Hippocratic Oath which includes the famous injunction to first do no harm. I’m beginning to think it might not be a bad idea to add a version of the Hippocratic Oath to the swearing in of incoming politicians.

Some years ago while still a resident of New York I received a fund-raising letter from then Governor Mario Cuomo that began with the salutation: Dear Fellow Italian-American...

Margaret Thatcher’s death removes from the world’s stage a remarkable human being. She rose from humble beginnings in a society ridden with class and gender bias to become the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th Century.

I had been inspired by the successful buy-back program run by the Los Angeles Police Department last December. In one day more than two thousand firearms were purchased in this no-questions-asked program run by one of the country's most innovative police departments. The guns they purchase are melted down and destroyed.

(Host) Once a year, VPR commentators gather for a brunch, during which they present short essays on a common theme. VPR records these essays to sample later on the air. When Worlds Collide was this year's theme, and it reminded commentator Sarwar Kashmeri that *words* also sometimes collide - with interesting results.

(Kashmeri) So I'm Sarwar Kashmeri and my commentary is titled, We Don't Sell That Here.