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The Future of Taiwan’s Relationship with China

“Students gather outside Taiwanese legislature on March 21, 2014, protesting the trade agreement between Taiwan and China” (Yohmi, Flick Commons) Ever since the nationalist government of China fled to the island of Taiwan in 1949, the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) … Continue reading

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Alleged Murder Shakes Argentina’s Political Establishment

Allegations currently mount against Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration following the suspected murder of Natalio Alberto Nisman, the federal prosecutor leading the investigation of the 1994 AMIA bombing. Resulting in 85 deaths and nearly 300 injuries, the car … Continue reading

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Ebola in West Africa: A Medieval Quarantine in the Modern World

West African nations have lost over 1,400 people since March of this year to Ebola. With no formal cure other than treating symptoms, the infected face a mortality rate of between 50-90%, making it one of the world’s deadliest diseases. … Continue reading

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China’s Shrinking Population: The One-Child Policy’s Thirty-Year Tenure and its Threat to China’s Economic Future

Gradually phased into implementation in the late 1970’s, China’s one-child policy was largely viewed as a pre-emptive response to an impending Malthusian trap, the shortage of food and resources precipitated by unsustainable population growth. While exceptions were made for ethnic … Continue reading

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The Revolving Door: Public Service Increasingly a Conduit to Lucrative Lobbying Careers

Capitol Hill is home to the offices of 535 legislators who increasingly find themselves catering to the interests of corporate clients as the pervasive influence of K Street in politics grows. December 10, 2005 (Kate Mereand/Wikimedia Commons) Bribes masquerading as … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Media Sensationalism in America

It has been over two months since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost contact with air traffic control and disappeared, triggering the most expansive search and rescue attempt in history. The hunt for Flight 370 continues to this day with a … Continue reading

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Improving Economic Prospects in the Land of Silver

The Thinker in El Plaza Congreso, adjacent to official government buildings in Buenos Aires, Argentina. December 9, 2010 (David Berkowitz/Wikimedia Commons) Argentina was a gold mine of economic opportunity in the early 20th century. Blessed with trade surpluses in commodities, … Continue reading

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