The Humanitarian Cost of the Mosul Offensive

The Mosul offensive is the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the 2003 U.S-led invasion. The second phase of the nearly twelve-week long campaign to drive ISIS out of its last major stronghold in Iraq began last Thursday. The Islamic State has been using Mosul’s urban landscape and its large civilian population of 1.5 million as a cover to maneuver and […]

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Socialist Santa

Late last week, starting on Thursday, Venezuelan authorities seized almost four million toys from warehouses across the capital city of Caracas. William Contreras, Venezuela’s national superintendent for the defense of socioeconomic rights oversaw the seizures from the Kreisel toy company. In addition to arresting two high level employees of the toy company, the consumer protection has requested to the attorney […]

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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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Washington, It’s Time to Start Worrying About Turkey

The Republic of Turkey has long been an important ally for the United States, occupying an extraordinarily strategic geographic location as the bridge between the Middle East and Europe. Established in 1923, Turkey was the successor to the Ottoman Empire, the majority of which had been split up between France and Great Britain in the aftermath of the First World War. […]

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Morsi’s Death Sentence Overturned

In a new court ruling, the Court of Cassation overturned the death sentence of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and ordered a retrial. Morsi first came into power in 2012 as the first democratically elected president. Despite this apparent gain for the people, Morsi quickly fostered a great deal of resentment among Egyptians. He was accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian […]

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Venezuela’s Not-Quite-Affordable Lack of Care Act

The way President Nicolás Maduro would tell it, Venezuela has the best health care system on the planet.  (Or, he’s allowed, perhaps second-best after Cuba.) This idea runs counter to every observation that can be made about Venezuela’s current health care crisis.  Against the backdrop of the world’s steepest economic decline, sharpest rising inflation rate, and second highest murder rate, […]

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Drones, Human Rights, and Donald Trump

During the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton announced that it would only take four minutes for an order from the president to launch a nuclear attack to be converted into action, continuing a debate over if Donald Trump has the correct temperament to be in charge of the world’s most advanced nuclear arsenal. While there are indeed no foolproof safeguards […]

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Brewing War in Myanmar

Violence has once again found its place in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. On October 9th, a group of militants launched a coordinated attack on three border posts, killing nine police officers and wounding five. In retaliation, according to eyewitness reports, Myanmar soldiers shot several unarmed civilians the next morning. Since then, several groups of armed civilians began aggressively calling […]

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Yemen: U.N. Announces 72-Hour Ceasefire

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen, announced Monday that a ceasefire was set to go into effect after he received confirmation from all warring factions of their commitment. The 72-hour cessation of hostilities began at 11:59 p.m. local time on Wednesday night, with the possibility of further extension. Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi, foreign minister of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognized […]

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