A Deal With One Winner–And It’s Not The Free World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent address to a Joint Session of Congress regarding the Iranian nuclear deal received major attention over the past few weeks. But the more important issue at hand cuts much deeper than Bibi’s speech and cries of Israeli electioneering. We ought, instead, to examine why Netanyahu felt it so important to speak out and why the Obama Administration felt so strongly that he shouldn’t. A closer look reveals a critically flawed deal that undermines Ameri...
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Children of Argentina's "Dirty War"

Last month, Estela Barnes de Carlotto announced that she had finally found her grandson, Guido, after 36 years of searching for him. Estela de Carlotto is the president of the Association of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. She is 84 years old and is perhaps the greatest figure in the defense of human rights in Argentina. While pregnant, her daughter was snatched by Argentina’s brutal military junta, which lasted from 1976-83. Guido, who had been raised under the name Ignacio Hurban over 200 mile...
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Polluted Pig Carcasses Pulled from Shanghai Waterways

Shanghai Pigs 39 percent of the water in China’s main rivers is toxic to the point that human contact of any kind is strongly discouraged. And that was before authorities began pulling pig carcasses out of Shanghai’s Huang Pu River. The discovery of these dead pigs began on Saturday March 9th as waves of pig carcasses began washing up along the sides of Shanghai’s main waterway. The number discovered a day has been continuously decreasing but the total number has already surpassed 6000. The sour...
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AbbotobottobottoBATMAN! Pakistans newest take on Six Flags.

Abbotabad. Land of Pakistanis premier military academy, headquarters of the military's medical corps, home to the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed. And soon enough it'll also be one of the premier amusement park destinations in Pakistan! The timing of the development is interesting, coming a little more than 18 months after Bin Laden's death, and nearly exactly a year after the Bin Laden compound was demolished. Along with their announcement of plans to begin construction on the park,...
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Senate Confirmation Hearings: Why So Many Feelings?

With Obama's second term now officially underway, the administration wasted no time in moving forward with its cabinet reshuffle. The American government is one of very few in the world that allows its legislative bodies anything other than a confirmation formality when it comes to ministerial appointments. In fact, unlike much of the rest of the Western world, the American congress is arguably the biggest hurdle for any secretary level position. In the coming weeks, the confirmation hearings an...
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A Nation Divided: The United Kingdom and The European Union

You'd think that after watching the last two conservative prime ministers crumble under the weight of the E.U. Conundrum, that David Cameron would have chosen a more delicate path than the one he took on Wednesday. In a much heralded speech, the Torrie prime minister laid out his plan to renegotiate British membership conditions in the European Union pending his re-election sometime after 2015. Cameron would then take the new U.K.-E.U. Membership proposal directly to the British people via refer...
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Money Money Money in (English) Football

With the business end of the various European domestic seasons coming up, the summer transfer window lies in wait just around the corner. From the impending implementation of UEFA's financial fair play regulation to the new crop of billionaires backing clubs all around the continent, this transfer window is shaping up to be one of the most ridiculous ever. While Manchester United and Manchester City battle through what United manager Alex Ferguson has deemed “squeaky bum time”, the chairman of t...
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ILMUNC-China 2012

From the thousands of roses, turtles, and t-shirts to the 12-year-old observer turned Security Council crisis staffer, ILMUNC China 2012 was a unique and chaotic experience. Held in Shanghai between March 1st and 4th, the conference was the first entry in what could become an annual Penn presence on the international high school MUN circuit. The Secretary-General of the conference was Brittany Elliot, a recent graduate of Penn who is now working for WEMUN, an international relations and MUN org...
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