From Vladivostok With Love

As the economies of Europe plunge into chaos over plummeting oil prices and a certain recurring Greek tragedy, the heavily sanctioned Russian economy looks elsewhere to support its growth. It is now time for Russia to search eastwards in its economic and political policies. Historically, Russia has looked to China for diplomatic alliance in the…

Political Persecution in Bangladesh

On January 5, Bangladesh celebrated the first anniversary of the 2014 general election. The election resulted in victory for incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, president of the Awami League. While anniversaries are generally occasions for triumphant pomp and show, celebrations were marred by riots and political violence across the country. In the last year,…

Art as Power in North Korea

ABC’s Bob Woodruff is one of the few American journalists who has been allowed inside North Korean borders. He has been to the country a total of five times, most recently in 2013 to report on national celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Korean War. In an interview with BPR, he…

Circumventing Native American Sovereignty

Paul Gosar, a Republican congressman from Arizona, recently got into trouble for calling Native American tribes “wards of the federal government.” He made the remarks during a town hall meeting concerning a provision of the 2015 Defense Authorization Act that would allow a foreign mining company to acquire large portions of Apache territory. A member…

After the Revolution: Egypt in Turmoil

Certain moments in history transcend the time and place at which they occur: think the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. These are more than just important events—the shockwaves that they send through our collective psyche affect our perception of what it means to exist within our era,…

Reform with Cuban Characteristics: On the American Mindset

December 17, 2014: the day President Obama ended the 53-year suspension of diplomatic relations with Cuba, that tiny Caribbean island of rum, sun and Chevys. Like a shot heard ‘round the world, the national and international media went wild. The renewed diplomatic relations and normalized trade relations is a coup for the Obama Administration and…


United States

Circumventing Native American Sovereignty

Circumventing Native American Sovereignty

Paul Gosar, a Republican congressman from Arizona, recently got into trouble for calling Native American tribes “wards of the federal government.” He made the remarks during a town hall meeting concerning a provision of the 2015 Defense Authorization Act that would allow a foreign mining company to acquire large portions of Apache territory. A member…

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A Toothless SEC Takes on Wall Street?

A Toothless SEC Takes on Wall Street?

A farewell party was thrown for James Kidney in March of this year to celebrate a lengthy career for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Kidney, an SEC trial attorney for nearly 28 years, reflected on his time at the agency with some closing remarks. His speech starts as most retirement speeches do: with a few…

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Everything’s (Not) Amazing And Nobody’s Happy

Everything’s (Not) Amazing And Nobody’s Happy

By many accounts, 2014 was a year of unprecedented economic growth. In the second quarter of this year the GDP grew by 4.6 percent, in the third quarter it grew by 3.5 percent. The stock market continues to climb ever higher – both the Dow and S&P 500 closed at record highs in October. Most…

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World

From Vladivostok With Love

From Vladivostok With Love

As the economies of Europe plunge into chaos over plummeting oil prices and a certain recurring Greek tragedy, the heavily sanctioned Russian economy looks elsewhere to support its growth. It is now time for Russia to search eastwards in its economic and political policies. Historically, Russia has looked to China for diplomatic alliance in the…

read more

Political Persecution in Bangladesh

Political Persecution in Bangladesh

On January 5, Bangladesh celebrated the first anniversary of the 2014 general election. The election resulted in victory for incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, president of the Awami League. While anniversaries are generally occasions for triumphant pomp and show, celebrations were marred by riots and political violence across the country. In the last year,…

read more

After the Revolution: Egypt in Turmoil

After the Revolution: Egypt in Turmoil

Certain moments in history transcend the time and place at which they occur: think the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. These are more than just important events—the shockwaves that they send through our collective psyche affect our perception of what it means to exist within our era,…

read more

Culture

Art as Power in North Korea

Art as Power in North Korea

ABC’s Bob Woodruff is one of the few American journalists who has been allowed inside North Korean borders. He has been to the country a total of five times, most recently in 2013 to report on national celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Korean War. In an interview with BPR, he…

read more

Reform with Cuban Characteristics: On the American Mindset

Reform with Cuban Characteristics: On the American Mindset

December 17, 2014: the day President Obama ended the 53-year suspension of diplomatic relations with Cuba, that tiny Caribbean island of rum, sun and Chevys. Like a shot heard ‘round the world, the national and international media went wild. The renewed diplomatic relations and normalized trade relations is a coup for the Obama Administration and…

read more

Cuba’s Dance Onto the World Stage

Cuba’s Dance Onto the World Stage

This year, Cuba hosted the 24th annual International Ballet Festival, which attracted talented dancers from around the world. Media attention was focused on a very particular group of dancers: for the first time in decades, Cuban dancers who had previously defected from the country were being allowed to return. One of the Cuban dancers attending…

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