Have you ever wondered where your uneaten food goes after you throw it in the trash? Wasted food is a significant problem in the US and around the world, even contributing to climate change. While some families go hungry, others throw away scraps which end up in a landfill.  Food scraps make up the second […]

By Kate Moran Unemployment is one of the most difficult and insidious threats facing the Middle East today. If gone unchecked, it has the potential to increase regional instability [1], augment militant groups’ capacity to recruit followers [2], and to permanently damage the Arab world’s economic prospects [3]. A booming youth population and threats from […]

By Ben Perlmutter This summer, the Islamic State filled headlines across the world for its filmed decapitation of American and European journalists and aid workers. President Obama called the beheading of American journalist James Foley “an act of violence that shocks the conscience.”[1] While the Islamic State’s beheadings are undoubtedly morally evil, similar affronts to human dignity are occurring […]

By Hobie Hunter Few observers in the 1970s would have predicted that while the US would not have flying cars, it would still be levying an embargo against Cuba. The embargo has not accomplished its stated goal of pushing Cuba toward “democratization and greater respect for human rights. ”[1] In fact, it has been a […]

By: Mae Bowen Ship breaking is the demolition of ships once wear and tear has made general repair uneconomical. After a few decades, most ships are broken up into scrap metal. Until the late 20th century, ship breaking mainly occurred in industrialized nations like the US and the UK.  However, in more recent years, with […]

By: Bryan Reines The United Nations’ stated goal is to prevent war, advocate for human rights, create a climate of justice, raise the standard of living, and promote international cooperation. [1] The U.N.’s effectiveness peaked between 1987 and 1991, where the international organization played a key role in easing conflict in Afghanistan, Namibia, Lebanon, and […]

By: Nathaniel Sawyer One group of children, still in their elementary school years, is paraded to the center of the capital where they are brutally maimed and beheaded. Another group watches the ruthless scene with weapons tightly gripped in their hands.[1] They have already been molded by the various violent factions fighting within the country, their […]


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