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The Desert Divided: Remnants of an Unresolved Conflict

By Samuel Driggers A 1,465 mile sand berm divides the territory of Western Sahara in two. The western side of the berm, approximately 80 percent of the territory and all of its coastal land, is de facto controlled by the Moroccan government. The eastern side of the berm, a sandy wasteland, is occupied by the…

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Skinny Budget: Trump’s Proposal Makes the World Sick Again

By Joshua Kalter The oft-repeated “America First” mantra has been a rallying point of the Trump administration, one that includes promises like bringing jobs back from overseas, rebuilding a crumbling infrastructure, and increasing military spending. As the mid-March budget proposal release signifies, a 28 percent slash in the budgets of both the U.S. Agency for…

Source: AP: Ahn Young-joon
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Life After Park in South Korea

By Alex Boylston As 2016 was coming to a close, media outlets around the globe displayed images of hundreds of thousands of protestors converging on downtown Seoul, the capital of South Korea. They took to the streets in droves to demand that President Park Geun-Hye, who in 2012 became the country’s first female leader, step…

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What’s on the horizon for the hexagon?

By Sebastian Puerta While France has existed as the land separating channel and sea for millennia under various names: Gaul, Francia, France, and colloquially as “L’Hexagone” in reference to the country’s geographical shape, the French Fifth Republic itself is only 58 years old. The Fifth Republic was established in 1958 by French President Charles de Gaulle…

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Mourning What Has Long Been Dead

By Alex Boylston After a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in early March, much of the media’s attention was focused on President Donald Trump’s responses related to the location of the U.S. embassy in Israel. Commentators speculated as to how his administration would work towards a durable peace in the region after decades…

Refugees arrive on the shores of Kos, Greece. Source: The Independent
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The European Far-Right: A Platform Rooted in Fear, Not Fact

By Paul Oshinski August 13, 2015: As the emerald waters off the coast of Kos, a small Greek Dodecanese Island, glimmered in the iridescent sunshine, a dirtied dinghy drifted to the sandy shore, holding in it dozens of refugees, most originating from Syria. Dirtied, tired, and inundated, the passengers leapt out of the vessel–some laughing,…

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The Innocence of the Saudis

By Alex Boylston Within a week of taking office, President Donald Trump had, according to some, followed through on a promise he first made in December 2015 to “shut down” Muslim immigration by signing an executive order barring entry to passport holders from seven Muslim-majority countries. The countries on the list, which include Iran, Yemen, Somalia,…

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Opinion: Why Britain won’t get what it wants

By Gabrielle Lohner Last month, British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a firm laying out Britain’s plan to the widely-speculated Brexit. She explained her twelve-point plan to exit the European Union while also creating a stronger, “truly global Britain.” The speech was consistent with the idea of a “hard” Brexit, emphasizing the differences between the European…

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