Kim Kardashian: A Global Influencer

By Sarah Purtill

In today’s world, it is easier and easier to stay connected with people who are halfway across the world. Social media and a globalizing economy have created new methods of business, trade and socialization resulting in vast amounts of communication and effecting global commerce. Like her or hate her, Kim Kardashian has capitalized on social media platforms and the globalizing economy. Read more ›

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The Price of a Lake

By Caroline Bertholf

The land on which we live is extremely valuable. Few people understand, appreciate, and respect its value more than the Haudenosaunee. The Haudenosaunee make up the six nation Confederacy, known by Americans and Canadians as the Iroquois Confederacy. They are known as a peaceful people both in the United States and on international platforms. The “Central Fire,” which is the Capital of the Haudenosaunee, is located in the Onondaga Nation. Read more ›

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Between a Rock and a Hard Border

By Michael Canavan

Twenty years ago, the three hundred mile stretch of fortifications, guard towers, and military checkpoints separating the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland was one of the most foreboding international boundaries in the world. But since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, finally ending the decades of sectarian violence known as the Troubles between the predominately Catholic nationalists seeking Northern Ireland’s reunification with the south and the largely Protestant unionists fighting to stay in the United Kingdom, today that border is all but invisible. Tens of thousands cross with ease every day, living on one side and working on the other, no customs check or even passport required. However, one of the underlying assumptions of the 1998 peace treaty was that its main signatories, Ireland and the U.K., would remain members of the European Union. Now as Britain prepares its Brexit there is growing concern as to what the U.K’s only land border with the EU will look like after negotiations are finished. Read more ›

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Termination of Temporary Protected Status Results in Both Humanitarian and Economic Consequences

By Courtney Griffin

On Monday January 9th, the Trump administration announced its plan to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador. This decision came just weeks after the white house announced the termination of TPS for Haitians. Combined, these decisions to terminate TPS could leave close to 300,000 immigrants- many of whom have lived in the US for over a decade without legal status. Read more ›

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Talks Between North and South Korea Resume

By Sarah Shepp

On January 2, 2018, South Korea invited North Korea to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics that will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. South Korea has offered high-level talks with North Korea that are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 9th, to discuss North Korea’s possible participation in the Games. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated that the two countries should “urgently meet to discuss the possibility” and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said this would be “a ground breaking chance” to improve relations between the two countries. Read more ›

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What is Bitcoin and Why is it so Popular?

By Sarah Purtill

To put it simply, Bitcoin is a currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown creator. The creator used the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin is unlike other currencies in many ways. For instance, Bitcoin does not use banks. Bitcoin can be used to buy merchandise and/or services and it can be used anonymously. Because Bitcoin is not tied to any country or susceptible to regulations, international transactions are much simpler. Bitcoin also has no credit card fee. Read more ›

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Current Conflict of Acknowledging Jerusalem as US Embassy Spot

By Morgan Hinckley

Currently, the United States has an Embassy in the bustling city of Tel Aviv. President Donald Trump is debatably expected to announce in the next week or so, that the Embassy is to be moved to Jerusalem. He was adamant about this move during his campaign, but has delayed the official move in June in hopes of a peaceful resolution. If President Trump and his advisors were to move Israel’s embassy, an expected increase of tensions will rise between the Israelis and the Palestinians. While keeping this peace in mind, President Trump and his advisors have started outlining a long-term strategy to make the eventual move to Jerusalem. Read more ›

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Trouble for Sub-Saharan Africa: Bobby Mugabe is Out of the Balance

By Trevor McDaniel

For almost 40 years, Robert Mugabe was the leader of Zimbabwe, until early November when his military placed him under surveillance and he was forced to resign a few weeks later, allowing his recently-ousted Vice President to be sworn in as his successor. His departure can have deep consequences for the stability of Sub-Sahara Africa, in the same way that the removal of Saddam Hussein had deeply felt, and dire consequences for the Middle East. If we look back, Saddam Hussein was a deeply troubling man and leader, known for using chemical weapons against the Kurdish people in Northern Iraq. Despite this, he was a beacon of stability in the Middle East, especially surrounding Iran, and his removal from office directly influenced the destabilization of the Middle East by fomenting sectarianism. Read more ›

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Global Denuclearization: Why it is not the Current Solution to Global Peace

By Chris Battiloro

Nuclear weapons are a prolific topic in current global discussions. A topic that is becoming increasingly relevant as political tensions increase throughout the world. Currently, there are nine countries known to possess nuclear weapons: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. While many politicians focus on advocating to eliminate nuclear proliferation, there are silent benefits to permitting countries to possess nuclear weapons. Read more ›

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U.N. Climate Negotiations

By Charlotte Munday

It is widely known that on June 1, 2017 the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement. As of that time it joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the agreement. About a month ago Nicaragua stated that they would sign the agreement, and now Syria has followed Nicaragua’s path. The United States remains the only country not party to the Paris Agreement.

So, where does this leave the U.S.? Read more ›

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