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. Warmbier, a student at UVA, was arrested in January at the end of his holiday trip to the DPRK for “perpetrating a host...
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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 that has been supporting the Assad regime since long before the outbreak of Civil War. The introduction of Russian ground and air forces (alo...
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In Which Putin Plays Hide and Seek

Well, Putin’s missing. No one has seen him in about a week. For whatever reason, this is not exactly surprising. It would not be hard to imagine the American government devolving into a Rand Paul-led self-parody were Obama to disappear for ten days, yet the average reaction to Putin’s absence seems to be a darkly amused, “Yeah, that sounds about right.” I will make no comment on where I think Putin has scampered off to; I have literally no clue. Others have already tossed their ideas into the...
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Nostalgia For the Eighties Has Officially Gone Too Far

Joe Biden stands by the centermost window of the Oval Office, deep in reflection, occasionally sipping from his cup full of wine cooler. “You know, we really should have seen this coming when they remade Robocop. But we all thought, ‘Oh, everyone loves the eighties, it’s kitschy.’.” But it’s not so kitschy now. The Robocop remake was terrible. U2 performed at the Oscars. And Putin apparently loves the eighties so much he’s invaded Crimea in an effort to restart the Cold War. “It’s been really t...
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Rappin' Across the World

It’s often tossed around that America’s largest export is its culture. Whether or not this is accurate (I would pay money to see a cultural exports vs. explosives exports graph), it is undeniable that American culture does hold a great deal of influence overseas, and nowhere is this clearer than in the world of pop music. Since the creation of jazz, people in distant lands have been fascinated with the musical stylings of those crazy Americans. It shouldn’t be any surprise that rap has become a ...
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MiniBlog – Shutdown

So the Senate and White House i.e. Democrats don't want to set a precedent by bending over, handing over the knife, or flinching with a gun to their head (choose your analogy), and thus allowed the government to shut down. Many polls say that the House i.e. Republicans would be blamed if the government was shut down. Mind you this would be blame for shutting down the government, preventing hundreds of thousands of government employees from being paid, suspending many vital services, leading to a...
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Newest Income Generator: Royal Babies

The past few weeks have seen a large amount of speculation, reporting and general hoopla around one small thing, a recently born baby boy who happens to be third in line for the throne of England. News agencies from around the world were parked outside the royal residence and the designated hospital for weeks, gossips from New York to Sydney have discussed names and baby raising methods, and every piece of clothing worn during the Duchess' pregnancy has been scrutinized the world over. The news ...
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North Korea's "Moment of Explosion": Fact or Fiction?

The United States’ game of chicken with North Korea continues as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warns that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast.” The announcement follows the North Korean barring of South Korean workers from a jointly operated factory and its declaration that it will reopen a nuclear reactor that closed five years ago. The North Korean news agency KCNA recently stated that war could break out at any moment. This behavior is typical of North Korea: extreme rhetoric and ...
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Weekly Recap – Jan 26th to Feb 1st

Bombing in Turkey
Change of Cabinet For his second term, Barack Obama is re-shuffling his cabinet, with the key positions of Secretaries of State and Treasury being altered. In place of Hillary Clinton, Senator John Kerry, arguable one of the most experienced and qualified in the Democratic party for the job, will be taking over. Today Clinton submitter her resignation, allowing Kerry to roll in. In addition, Timothey Geithner, already out of office, will be replaced by Jack Lew. Apart from his 'loopy' signature...
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Syria: Is It Time for the US to Intervene?

The civil war in Syria is rapidly spinning out of control, with no end in sight. The body count has now surpassed 30,000, and the cease-fire that was agreed upon has not stopped the toll from rising. Furthermore, Syria’s relationships with Turkey and Russia continue to worsen, and the violence risks spreading into Lebanon. Syrian stability is in the U.S.’s interest, not only because the U.S. would be viewed as defending its values, but also because a U.S.-allied Syria would likely cease to be an...
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