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September 22, 2018

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The 51st State Conundrum: Puerto Rico & Washington D.C.

A heavily indebted, mismanaged, and overlooked economy entrapped within the deadly headlock of its richer neighbor and asserted “motherland”, Puerto Rico finds itself sinking further into a true crisis. One that the folks in D.C. aren’t concerned about because, frankly, we don’t compare Puerto Rico to “true American soil” regardless of the territory being locked into a forced monetary union.

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Thailand’s Tiger Temple

At least forty dead tiger cubs have been found stuffed in a freezer at the infamous, controversial Tiger Temple in Thailand. Accused of wildlife trafficking and severe animal abuse, the Buddhist temple was raided by police officers who removed all the living tigers from the exhibit. Pictures quickly made their way to social media, where the world’s heart sank at the sight of the forty cubs lined up on the floor.

BREAKING NEWS: Terror in Brussels

A series of explosions throughout Brussels have killed multiple people. Two blasts occurred at the city’s airport at around eight am local time, killing at least ten people and injuring thirty more. Another blast at a subway station, near the European Union offices, came shortly afterwards. All metro stations in the city have been closed, and Belgium is now under lock down.

Martin O’Malley: “Can I Debate, Too?”

To put it simply, O’Malley just can’t drum up any attention. He has no buzz, no real foundation in public opinion, and no real business running in a race dominated by two incredibly charismatic performers. On one hand, there’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — whether you like her or not, you have to admit she’s capable of swaying voters with her style of campaigning. People cheer her name, and all she ever has to say is “women”. On the other hand, there’s Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the grassroots underdog that’s managed to bring massive crowds to become a bit of an Internet sensation.

A Year After Charlie Hebdo

On January 7th, 2015, a mass shooting of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, carried out by two Islamist gunmen who identified themselves as radical Al-Qaeda members from Yemen. These two men, brothers by the names of Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, along with a third gunman and close friend by the name of Amedy Coulibaly, were responsible for the largest terror attack in France since the June 1961 Vitry-Le-François train bombing which killed twenty-eight and injured 100+. The saddening fact is the Charlie Hebdo shootings weren’t going to be the most deadly attack on French soil in 2015.

The Death of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia Executes 47 Men

These executions are the first of what will no doubtfully be many in this new year, and it’s no longer a surprise. The ultra-conservative and rather radical Saudi Arabian kingdom put at least 157 people to death in 2015, the most annually in two decades. This first official mass execution is a rather large percentage of the total we saw in the last year.

George Pataki Drops From GOP Race

George Pataki is a strange political case. A moderate conservative in an era of radical Republicans, George Pataki has gone almost unheard of throughout his entire campaign for presidency. In an election being dominated by an air-headed racist with a history with bankruptcy, a brain surgeon who doesn’t believe in evolution, and a female CEO (who was fired from the job) who hates women’s rights, someone like George Pataki doesn’t necessarily look like a bad choice, either.

Thailand: A Very Brief Political History

Thailand has been a country of political confusion for centuries. We’ve seen political and economic connections between the Thai political unrest and the American economic downfall. To understand where a majority of these problems in their current society roots from, we have to look back to the 23rd Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra.