Avoiding the Revisionist Trap: A Look at Fidel Castro’s Legacy

It is extraordinarily rare that one gets to reflect on the life of a figure who has fundamentally altered the course of world history, and the death of Fidel Castro is one such occasion. Castro was one of the last living reminders of an era marked by the unending battle between Capitalism and Communism – he stood as the leader […]

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Baghdad Green Zone Breach Highlights Deeper Sectarian Concerns

In the Iraqi capital, the “Green Zone” has been considered a relatively safe haven from the chaos and turmoil that have plagued the nation since the US invasion in 2003. Sectarian violence has been a staple of Baghdadi life as Sunni and Shiite factions vie for control over Iraq’s government. Early Saturday, an ISIS car bomb went off just east […]

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While US Tightens Sanctions, North Korea Continues Unfazed

On Tuesday, President Obama signed an executive order imposing even more sanctions against the DPRK for its continued violations of the six-party talks. In response to these and UN sanctions, Kim Jong-Un ordered nuclear missile tests to come in the near future. Today, North Korea also announced that American Otto Warmbier has been sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey: The Real Problem Brewing in Syria

While American foreign policy pundits are focused on ISIS as the toxic byproduct of four years of the Syrian Civil War, there is a much more important issue developing. As more international actors join the fray in Syria, tensions between some of the world’s largest militaries are escalating at an alarming rate. On one hand, we have the Russia/Iran axis […]

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Russian Incursions Into Georgia: The Next Crimea?

Last week, VICE News released a video chronicling a crucial and disturbing development in central Georgia. Russian-backed forces in the semi-autonomous Georgian province of South Ossetia have been slowly pushing the border with Georgia out by up to one kilometer. This has been enforced with barbed-wire fences, signs indicating a “state border,” and strict policing. Dozens of Georgians have been […]

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#FeesMustFall: The South African Student Movement With Far-Reaching National Consequences

The South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was delayed in presenting his budget to parliament today when student protesters broke through the parliament gates. South African MP’s and riot police used a steady barrage of tear gas and flash grenades to push back the swelling mobs. The protesters called for Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, yet pounded him with a […]

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The Russian Influence: Rebels Begin a New Offensive in Eastern Ukraine

This week, Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine broke the ceasefire that was signed in early February. The fighting, which killed at least six on Tuesday, marked some of the first violence in the region since Ukrainian troops withdrew in accordance with the ceasefire. In the next two days, two pro-Russian Ukrainian journalists were shot and killed in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. […]

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Change on the Horizon: Buhari Defeats Jonathan in Nigeria

When King George III of England was told that George Washington was resigning from his office, the King responded: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.” Much of the success of the American democracy is derived from the values of our first president—the first man in modern history to voluntarily surrender his executive power. […]

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Burning the Bridge: the Alarming Deterioration of the US-Israel Relationship

Over the past several weeks, the Obama administration has found a way to turn the American alliance with the state of Israel into a political issue. His differences of opinion and strategy with Prime Minister Netanyahu have turned an excellent relationship into an unprecedented divide. During his reelection campaign, Netanyahu made several remarks with regards to the prospects of a […]

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