Chapter 9: Bankruptcy

Currently struggling with a $72 billion debt Puerto Rico, the US territory, has been approved to appear in the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to restructure a portion of its large debt.  The small island territory first began struggling back in 2006 when a recession hit.  Over 9 years that recession has not let up, and the debt continued to pile on and is now 64% larger than it originally was.  With the debt situation showing absolutely no signs of improving, Puerto Rico previously passed a law all...
More

Unsung Heroes: Anonymous at War with ISIS

Following devastating terror attacks in Paris, Lebanon, and on a Russian commercial flight, many countries have vowed to fight ISIS until it can no longer function as a terror organization. While these threats and calls to action demonstrate the tenacity and power of the governments behind them, one non-governmental group has vowed to fight the anti-terror battle as well on a different field; the internet. Anonymous, the sometimes-questionable coalition of hackers who have, in the past, hacked S...
More

Modern Family: New Legislation to Allow More than One Child per Family in China

History has been made this week regarding one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to ever pass through a government.  On Thursday, October 28th, the Chinese government announced that it has decided to end its one-child policy; henceforth allowing couples to have two children. The one-child policy was enacted in 1979 in an attempt to curtail the population growth of China.  However, the policy created even more of a humanitarian issue than it solved.  Under this policy, the Communi...
More

You Stink: The Dangerous Implications of the Lebanese Trash Crisis

With so much attention being placed on extremist activities in the Middle East, a pileup of trash in the streets of a highly populated city really isn’t important, relevant, or interesting news at all. Or is it? In July of 2015, Lebanon's largest landfill closed.  Weeks later, the government had not come up with a contingency plan or act proactively on the issue. This, in turn, left thousands of people to live in filth with trash quickly piling up around them.  The true issue, however, is...
More