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The State of Free Speech Around the World

by Noah Tang Freedom of speech and the press are two of the most fundamental values of a free society. The First Amendment of the US Constitution protects both rights. Historically, the United States has respected these freedoms, which were among the principles it was founded upon. Most nations throughout history, and many countries today, have not done the same. Dr. Christine Kim, Assistant Professor of International Studies, is from South Korea. She saw how freedom of speech and the ...

Will Neom City live up to its expectations?

By Esther Fulz Innovative ideas have long captured the attention of individuals and organizations across the globe. Neom City, currently being built in Saudi Arabia in preparation for the 2029 Asian Winter Games, is no exception.  The linear city will be over 175 km long and just 200 meters wide, and house the Gulf’s first outdoor ski resort and a man made freshwater lake. It’s planned to be powered with renewable energy. Despite the novelty and excitement surrounding the idea ...

Russia’s Economy Holds for Now-But That Could Change

By Esther Fultz Economies are volatile, especially when international conflict is involved. A country’s economic condition depends heavily on its political environment, which is influenced by various factors and can change overnight. One country of particular economic interest recently is Russia, which invaded Ukraine last February and has faced economic sanctions from countries in the west since. Economically, Russia is heavily reliant on the energy sector, as a leader in both oil and ...

China’s increased aggressiveness pushes Taiwan away and prompts strong but confusing response from US

By Michael Cleverly In recent years, the US and other countries raised concerns over China invading Taiwan. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s reaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit heightened these concerns. Concerns rose because China’s rhetoric grew stronger than normal and their military response was larger than previous visits. One reason China is comfortable projecting its position is because their military is stronger than before. Another reason is because Nancy Pelosi’s ...

UN Report on Xinjiang Internment Marks a Symbolic Step Towards Action

By Spencer Benefiel After four years of silence, the UN has condemned China’s treatment of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province, saying the internment camps there are home to “Serious human rights violations” in an assessment released on August 31 by the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).  The report confirmed countless abuses and listed types of rights that these camps strip away from their unwilling residents, including religious, cultural, linguistic, ...

Russia Invades Ukraine, Raising Questions about the Future

By Michael Cleverly  On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine from multiple directions, with the goal of taking Kyiv, the capital city, and toppling the Ukranian government. As the war unfolds, questions arise of whether this brutal conflict could’ve been prevented and what it means for the future of the world. For months, Russian troops gathered on the border and various news companies and world leaders warned of an impending invasion. The Ukrainian and French presidents both claimed that ...

The Impacts of The Russia-Ukraine War on The Global Economy

By Esther Fultz Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy is in a shaky place at best.  Supply chain disruptions, high rates of unemployment and increasing inflation are impacting the lives of millions, both throughout the United States and across the world.  Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing conflict that resulted is only expected to exacerbate these challenges.  Many of these disturbances are already being witnessed, with the obvious example of skyrocke...

Afghanistan Going Through Economic Crisis Since U.S. Pullout

By Esther Fultz Markets don’t exist in a vacuum.  Social and political factors constantly influence the economy.  This is apparent across American history and can be seen in the Afghan economy following the withdrawal of U.S. troops in August.  While data regarding the economic situation in Afghanistan is currently sparse, the deterioration is apparent. The World Food Program reported a 2021 increase from 42 million to 45 million people worldwide teetering on the edge of famine.  ...