Mexico’s Police Force: The “Plata o Plomo” Predicament

When it comes to fighting drug cartels and violence, Mexico’s police force is often “caught between a rock and hard place”. Mexico’s police force is frequently forced to choose between two ugly alternatives, which are commonly referred to as “plata o plomo”. “Plata o plomo” translates to “silver or lead” and describes the predicament that Mexico’s police force is caught […]

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Do the Apple App Store and Google Play have the power to repel dengue mosquitos?

The dengue outbreak in the streets of Tokyo has recently called for nearly 150 confirmed cases of the disease; proposed to have been introduced by foreign travelers, the disease has been unknown to the region since the Second World War (1). Disquieted by the potentially lethal fever, the population has shown recent interest in smartphone application. “Dengue Mosquito Repellent Pro” […]

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Myanmar on the Mend?

Looking for an exotic travel destination? Myanmar—also known as Burma—is now “open for business”. Myanmar has long been isolated from the rest of the world on account of its former military junta that reigned from 1962-2011. The country—notorious for its human rights abuses—was closed off to international trade and to foreigners. However, ever since its ruthless dictatorship halted in 2011, […]

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Scotland and the UK: And They All Lived Economically Ever After

The results are in! After two years of sweeping debates and campaigns, 85% of the Scottish voting population turned out to the polls for yesterday’s independence referendum. The final vote was close—far closer, in fact, than anyone would have predicted just one year ago. (Just check out my feature article for The Consul from January 2013 for a historical perspective). […]

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Brazil 3-1 Croatia: Hosts grind out a scrappy victory in World Cup opener

The hosts Brazil kicked off the World Cup with a good 3-1 result against Croatia, but a subpar performance. After going behind early to a Marcelo own goal, they needed a lucky Neymar shot from distance to equalize, before going ahead with an extremely soft penalty in the second half. Croatia will feel rightly aggrieved at the scoreline after giving a decent account of themselves against the hosts and tournament favorites. Brazil will have to improve if they hope to beat the likes of Spain, Germany, or Argentina if they meet in the knockout stages.

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