Longtime mayors can often become outsized personalities and pop culture figures within the cities they serve. Former Providence mayor Vincent Cianci was no exception: Cianci, or “Buddy” as he was known, ruled Providence from his throne at city hall for a record breaking seven terms, first between 1975 and 1984 and then again between 1991 and 2002. In […]


Four days after the election of Donald Trump, an article  in the New York Times opened with the ominous statement “and then there was one.” The piece referred to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the authors touted as the final pillar of Western liberalism and last sliver of hope against a rising tide of populism. […]


The United States military currently owns 8,700 M1 Abrams tanks. This tank has never been fully incapacitated on the battlefield and outclasses nearly every other model in the world. Of the world’s 8,400 attack helicopters, the United States owns 6,400. The United States operates ten aircraft carriers, dwarfing the rest of the world’s combined ten carriers, […]

Early last year, the South Korean government blared K-pop – Korean pop music – across its border with North Korea in what seemed to be a playful, almost mocking gesture. Amidst a tense, perennial standoff, songs such as “Just Let Us Love” by Apink and “Bang Bang Bang” by Big Bang blasted into the northern […]