The Catalan Crisis, A Crisis Requiring Historical Reevaluation

For this blog post, I wish to discuss the Catalan crisis, more commonly known as the independence movement in Catalonia, Spain. These days, news and media outlets seem to focus too heavily on delivering breaking news, utilizing pathos, and ultimately click-baiting people. Let me make it clear: News requires context. Everything happening in our world…

Thoughts on Sexual Harassment

This time, I’ve decided to take a break from writing about North Korea. Probably not the best time because President Trump is in Asia (dun dun dun). However, I’m writing about sexual harassment for the school newspaper, and I thought I’d use this space to organize my thoughts. 1. Corporations What role do major corporations…

China’s Role in Nuclear Nonproliferation

China is perhaps the greatest variable in resolving the North Korean crisis. To understand the trends in Chinese arms control and nonproliferation policies, a historical review is absolutely necessary. Examinations of state behavior show that three most significant events perceptively show Chinese belief on arms control. Two of these events are heavily related to nuclear…

US-Turkey Tensions Escalate with Suspension of All Non-immigrant Visa Services

On October 8th, 2017, the United States Embassy of Turkey officially, and indefinitely suspended all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey, heightening the tension in the two nations’ diplomacy. The suspension will be in effect immediately and will prevent Turkish immigrants from obtaining a visa unless the immigrant plans to settle in the US permanently. In…

Approaching the Chinese New Year, an Increase in Chinese Luggage

As China meets the Chinese New Year off-season, a grand total of 6 million people are planning to leave the country for international trips. “This New Year season, 60% of all trips planned were international trips,” C Trip, a renown Chinese travel service provider stated. “According to current estimates and plans, a maximum of 6 million…

Korea is No Longer Safe from Earthquakes

The Korean peninsula has been long regarded to be safe from earthquakes due to its geographic location. As being on the center of the Eurasian plate, Korea is considered to be naturally immune to earthquakes and possess low possibilities of massive earthquakes. However, the recent one in Gyeongju proved that South Korea is no longer…

The FARC and Colombia: A Failed Peace Agreement

CURRENT EVENTS Vox News Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUFQCIuVuLc A Synopsis of the FARC conflict in Colombia: Since 1964, the Colombian government has fought an intense civil war with a Marxist extremist group called the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” commonly referred to as simply the FARC. Throughout the lengthy conflict, hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been displaced,…

Let Girls Learn

We live in a society where women enjoy their rights to education, women are acknowledged for their accomplishments, and women are accepted as a member of the society. In fact, we often take many of these aspects as granted. However, did you know that more than 62 million girls currently do not have access to…

Merkel’s Dilemma

The grit that brought German Chancellor Angela Merkel to power may be what prepares her downfall. As her power fades throughout Germany and Europe, Ms. Merkel is rapidly running out of options to deal with the immigration issue that has engulfed the continent over the past year. The Syrian immigration crisis has allowed the rest…

Maybe Trump Isn’t So Crazy, After All

In one of the more classic cases of visiting that one mall you lambasted just a year ago, American presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Mexico this week. There, he sought to clarify his proposed immigration policy, and the most important elements of his shifting plan are outlined below, as published in the New York Times:…

The New Politics of Economics

Reflections on “Why economics has become political again” by Richard V. Reeves, Brookings Institute. Economics and Politics. Politics and Economics. In theory, these two fields of study are unequivocally distinct by definition. Economics is the study of how we make decisions in a world in which we have unlimited wants but limited resources; Political science, on the…

Victims in Istanbul Airport Attack Reflect City’s International Character

Reflections on “Victims in Istanbul Airport Attack Reflect City’s International Character” (article originally from the New York Times) “You see it on TV and you know it happens, but we are naïve to the fact that it could happen to us.” —Tanika Golota, a victim of the Istanbul airport attacks The night is dark, quiet, and…