Russian Financial Crisis Deepens Amidst Sanctions and Falling Oil Prices

Russian Financial Crisis Deepens Amidst Sanctions and Falling Oil Prices

Russia. The country that many of us label as a war-starting, conflict-causing, dictator-supporting troublemaker with hostilities towards the west. To put it simply, Russia is viewed as the antagonist of the world, a country whose primary goal is to disrupt American foreign policy. While Russia gains international recognition abroad, the country’s internal problems grow ever more severe; it is the […]

Israel-Lebanon Conflict: When Will it End?

Israel-Lebanon Conflict: When Will it End?

For decades now, a constant militaristic struggle has yet to cease. No, not Afghanistan. No, not Iraq, Iran or Saudi Arabia either. But one of the allies of the US ever since its creation in 1948 – Israel with his next door neighbor Lebanon. Due to the formation of Israel, many Arab countries have instigated violence against the UN created […]

USA and Cuba: A Changing Camaraderie

USA and Cuba: A Changing Camaraderie

Ever since 1961, relations between the United States and Cuba have been severed as a result of various events in history. This began during the Civil War when Fidel Castro overtook Fulgencio Batista’s regime in Havana and increased trade with the Soviet Union and taxes on American imports. Soon after, the embargo on Cuba that created the detached relations began […]

The Death of Kluiverth Roa: A Look Back at the Protests in Venezuela

The Death of Kluiverth Roa: A Look Back at the Protests in Venezuela

On February 24, Kluiverth Roa, a 14 year old Venezuelan boy, was killed while demonstrating in San Cristobal (1). The death outraged the community, who were shocked that armed forces would kill a young boy (2). Roa was a part of the protests that had been taking place in Venezuela for over a year. The protests began in February 2014, […]

A Defense of Offensive Peacekeepers

A Defense of Offensive Peacekeepers

The UN has been successful for decades since its creation, solving conflicts, providing humanitarian aid, and solving poverty. The United Nations was an organization created after the failure of the League of Nations after World War 2. After seeing so much violence and terror in the period of World War 2, the world wanted to eliminate war and create eternal […]

The OPEC Rebound: New Prices, New Problems

The OPEC Rebound: New Prices, New Problems

Remember the days of $4/gallon gas? Fortunately for consumers, oil prices have drastically plummeted in the past few months, reducing the costs to never-before-seen digits. While the oil price drop may warrant a celebration for the laymen consumers of the road, political and economic analysts are finding the price dive quite concerning. With surplus oil production and continuously declining prices, […]

Keystone: Can I Supersize That?

Keystone: Can I Supersize That?

If you’re talking domestic policy, you’re talking Keystone. The Keystone XL pipeline expansion has made a big splash in the political sphere, with the Republican party being for the pipeline and the Democratic party being against it. Much of the controversy surrounding the Keystone pipeline is simply unwarranted, however. It’s impact on the job growth in America will be minimal, […]

The FCC Throttles ISP’s in New Ruling

The FCC Throttles ISP’s in New Ruling

Recently, the FCC voted to approve new rules regarding Net-neutrality. The new rules will regulate ISPs, such as Comcast, more than the previous rules they announced last year. Previously, ISPs were able to charge companies more for “preferential service,” which can be abused. That is not going to happen anymore. This vote happened after 4 million people wrote to the […]

Gentrification: Rising Tide or Drowning Wave?

Gentrification: Rising Tide or Drowning Wave?

Gentrification is a dirty word. While contemporary, gaining traction mostly in the last decade as high-profile neighborhoods are seemingly overrun by cultural imperialism, gentrification has been accused of everything from reinforcing structural racism to wiping out minority culture. But on the substantive, quantifiable level, can we make any conclusions over it’s affects on the community it moves into? First of […]

China’s Double-Edged Sword

China’s Double-Edged Sword

Every powerful nation has produced its own Achilles’ Heels. The size of the Roman Empire led to disunity and weakness. The rallying persona of Alexander the Great led to a dependence on his leadership that caused his empire to collapse soon after his death. And for the modern China, the same environmental disregard that has allowed their industry to proceed […]