Articles by: James Holden

Dennis Rodman meets with Kim Jong-Un, the dictator of North Korea.

Rolling with Rodman

Celebrities hobnobbing with dictators isn’t as unusual as you might expect. Danny Glover and several other film stars visited Venezuela after after Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution. Actor Sean Penn traveled to Baghdad directly prior to the U.S. invasion in 2002-2003. The most recent occurrence is the widely reported trip by […]

by · March 12, 2013 · World
President Kim Jong-un is arming the North with nuclear capabilities. Source: Daniel Foster

Adding Fuel to the Fire

On Tuesday, February 15, North Korea held its third nuclear test in a decade. Prior to Tuesday, it had tested its nuclear arsenal once in 2006 and then another time in 2009. Neither of those attempts were successful, but according to reports coming out this week, the third test succeeded. […]

by · February 21, 2013 · World
Smog covers the streets of Beijing, China.  Source: Michael Henley

China’s Pollution Fiasco

American comedian Robert Orben, a speechwriter for President Ford, once quipped “There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.” This sad reality seems to be coming particularly true in China. The problem is so severe […]

by · February 8, 2013 · World
President Obama meets with Hamid Karzai in 2010. The President recently announced his plans to speed up the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Source: Pete Souza

Exit Strategy

On Friday, January 12, after talks with Prime Minister Hamid Karzai, the Obama Administration said it would speed up its withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Mr. Obama’s plan is for the Afghan security forces, long trained for the defense of their own country by U.S. troops, to handle the […]

by · January 24, 2013 · World