Avoiding Nuclear War Through Women’s Ice Hockey?

by Vincent Cucchiara In a turn of events that is leaving experts on Asian politics confused to say the least, North Korea and South Korea will be fielding a joint Women’s Ice Hockey team in the fast approaching Winter Olympics. The decision to field a single unified Korean Women’s Ice Hockey team was confirmed by the PyeongChang Olympic committee last Saturday, January 20th. Many believe this is an important first step to peaceful resolution of the incredibly tense political…

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US Continues to Withhold Military Funding from Pakistan, Protests Erupt

by Sarah Nahrgang A $1.1 billion aid package for Pakistan was authorized in 2016 by Congress, but in response to the country’s poor approaches to handling terrorism, the Trump administration announced in August of 2017 that it would be temporarily withholding $255 million. If Pakistan agreed to be more aggressive in cracking down on terrorist networks in Afghanistan, they would continue to receive US funding. Despite this, the Pakistani government has taken no such initiative, and the White House…

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21 Dead in Iran

by Vincent Cucchiara As of Tuesday, January 2, the death toll of the anti-government clashes with law enforcement in Iran has reached 21 souls, and at least 450 have been arrested since last week. The stated grievances of the protesters are varied and broad, encompassing economic concerns, as well as civic concerns over perceived corruption. All in all, it resembles the beginnings of the Syrian civil war back in 2011, with protests quickly turning into riots that are at least…

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Does Europe Belong to Europeans?

by Vincent Cucchiara Consider Colonialism, one of the great sins of the West (or so the left says), in which Europeans traveling from Europe to the Americas, Africa, parts of the Middle East and Asia hoped to gain control over more resources, sometimes at the expense of the native population. Surely, any self-respecting, socially conscious progressive today would tell you that Colonialism was a great tragedy. It was wrong to exploit the resources of the native populations of any…

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Analyzing the Iran Deal and Trump’s Options

by Andrew Johnson As is usual, media coverage of the so-called “Iran Deal” has been horribly lopsided, dumbed-down, and mostly devoid of useful information. To understand Trump’s choices, we must first understand what the Iran Deal entails. The official name of the deal is the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”. This was an agreement reached by then President Obama, Iran, and several other world powers in 2015. The stated goal of this deal was to reduce the capability Iran…

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Equifax Hack Exposes More Than SSN

by Drew P. On September 7th, one of the three credit reporting agencies, Equifax, revealed that the personal information of 143 million Americans has been compromised in a cyber-attack that happened months prior. What makes matters worse is that Equifax is only offering one year of identity theft protection with their own product, TrustedID, which is owned by Equifax. After having my data compromised as a result of Equifax’s incompetence, I certainly wouldn’t trust a company owned by them…

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The Afghan Dilemma, 16 years later

By Kevin Fenchak It should come as no surprise to the average American reader that the War in Afghanistan is widely regarded as a top-notch failure. 2,271 American dead. 19,950 American wounded. The amount spent pouring money into this black hole is difficult to ascertain, but passed the $600 Billion mark long ago if the Congressional Research Service is correct in its assessment. It came as no surprise, then, that Donald Trump was well-received on the campaign trail by…

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A French Election Primer

by Daniel Hizgilov The French election of 2017 has the potential to redefine Europe, Americans should be aware On Sunday April 23nd, French citizens will vote in the first round of their presidential election. This is an election that could drastically change the way the European Union works and could spark a new political era in France. Understanding why this election and its implications for Europe are important requires a familiarity with the French electoral system and candidates. France’s…

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A Tenuous Balance: Power Politics, Nuclear Policy, and the North Korea Question

by R.D.H. Presidents Trump and Xi had an incredibly productive meeting considering both the tense geopolitical climate churning in the South China Sea and the seemingly confrontational stance President Trump adopted towards China’s trade policy on the campaign trail. Despite these seemingly divisive issues, the productive meeting between the two Heads of State was fueled by growing concern over China’s unruly neighbor: North Korea. Two topics dominated Trump’s meeting with Xi at Mar-a-Lago: trade and North Korea, the two…

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YouTube Restricting Gay Users (and InfoWars)

YouTube has faced backlash this week from social media, major corporations, and YouTube users themselves after the website found itself in two major controversies: blocking some LGBTQ videos in restricted mode & placing companies’ ads next to “extremist” videos. These controversies started when YouTube viewers and content creators realized that some or all of their content was being blocked in YouTube’s optional restricted mode. According to YouTube’s user policy, restricted mode “hides videos that may contain inappropriate content flagged by…

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