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A Dysfunctional Marriage – By Hasan Rizvi

8 Jun

Some relationships require marriage counselors. These counselors come in many forms. They can be close friends or even a professional whose sole aim in life is to resolve issues in relationships; these people are known as therapists. In many cases these so called therapists are seen to be quite useful, however there is one particular case which no therapist or counselor on earth can resolve: the relationship between the United States and Pakistan. This is most certainly a dysfunctional marriage. Continue reading

What Happened to Kony 2012? – By Tiffany Brittingham

1 Jun

Nearly six months before the viral release of the video “Kony 2012” by the non-profit Invisible Children (IC), conservative American pundit Rush Limbaugh was already calling his listeners to attention to the on-goings of Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)—with quite a different theme. Continue reading

Bigger is not always better – By Andrew Sklover

15 May

When President Barak Obama addressed US armed forces at Baghram AFB on May 2, he spoke to the Strategic Partnership Agreement that had just been signed. Regarding the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Obama stated that “we’re not going to do it overnight, we’re not going to do it irresponsibly, we are going to make sure that the gains, the hard fought gains that have been made are preserved.” But to what strategic extent will we be able to guarantee this? Continue reading

Israel’s human rights abuses must be reported despite America’s protestations – By Natasha Lipman

2 May

In March, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to appoint a panel to evaluate the effects on Palestinian civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of continued Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Thirty-six states voted in favour of the resolution, with ten abstentions. The US was the only country to vote against the decision. Continue reading

There is only one Superpower – By Hasan Rizvi

1 May

There has been talk of late that the United States is in decline. The BRIC states (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are being looked at now as the world’s custodians, particularly in regards to economy. It is true; the United States isn’t what it once was. The world’s powerhouse, I would argue, hasn’t declined but rather other countries have risen. Recently Goldman Sachs released a study which claimed that by the year 2025, China would have surpassed the United States and will be the largest, most successful economy. That study itself is misleading. While China’s GDP may certainly surpass that of the United States, its GDP per capita, which I deem more important, will not. Continue reading

The future of NATO, and the power it must rely upon – By Andrew Sklover

30 Apr

The future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s power lies exclusively with neither the hard nor the soft power of member states, but rather in an equally inclusive “smart power.” This all-inclusive and ever expanding organization faces many problems in the coming years. With a potential fiscal meltdown in Europe, differing defense spending goals, and a power sharing disparity that continues to weigh heavily upon the US, NATO members clearly have their work cut out for them. However, while the alliance will face numerous challenges in the future, not all is gloom. After a successful intervention in Libya just over a year ago, when 14 member states participated, both these members and other supporting countries proved that they can indeed come together to protect freedom when the situation warrants it. However, this level of cooperation must become the standard, not the exception, in the future. Continue reading

The United Corporations of America – By Kurt Steiner

25 Apr

We all know that since the ground breaking Supreme Court Case “Citizens United”, a long neglected minority has finally gotten the rights that they have long since been denied. Corporations are numbered at a fraction of the human population living in this country. So, this being the case, they need the government’s protection from the cruel huddled masses that, with prejudice and hatred, demand comprehensive health insurance and higher wages that would put them above the poverty line. Continue reading