Articles by: Philip Zehnder

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently won over 45% of the vote in local elections, a big victory for both him and his party, the AKP. Image by World Economic Forum.

Back on Top: What Erdogan’s Local Elections Victory Means for Turkey

With all the recent tension and turmoil following the ousting of Ukraine’s former leader Viktor Yanukovych and Russia’s subsequent invasion of Crimea, it’s easy to forget about some of the other nations in Eastern Europe. For example, look at Turkey. Even in the face of protests similar to those leading […]

by · April 9, 2014 · World
El Chapo being apprehended by police in February. Image by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images.

The Hollow Victory of El Chapo

Having a height of only 5 feet, 6 inches, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (so named for his short stature), does not look all that intimidating. He was, however, one of the most powerful drug lords in Mexico and the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel until he was captured last month. […]

by · March 19, 2014 · Features and Opinion, World
President Obama talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. This is the first phone call between Iranian and American leaders is decades.

Two Steps Forward, and (Hopefully) Zero Steps Back

Iran has presented many challenges to U.S. foreign policy over the years. In 1979 it was the hostage crisis, in 1986 it was the arms-dealing “Contra Affair,” and in 2014 it seems that the greatest foreign policy challenge will be achieving success in a nuclear deal with Iran. Earlier this […]

Bitcoin is an extremely fast growing currency

The Danger of Bitcoin

It came out of thin air, but it’s worth $1000 apiece. It was born out of the minds of a few researchers and has since blossomed into one of the world’s fastest growing currencies. This is Bitcoin, a “crypto-currency” born on the Internet, and growing rapidly. In fact, the number […]

by · December 15, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
Security Versus Privacy: Has PRISM Crossed the Line?

Security Versus Privacy: Has PRISM Crossed the Line?

Security and privacy have always existed in a complex balancing act. In theory, we would be more secure if the government knew everything about us and controlled everything we did. At the other end of the spectrum, a total lack of government interference in our private lives would uphold our […]

by · September 17, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
Eliminating the penny would save the government millions of dollars each year. Source: Roman Oleinik

Killing the Penny

Last year, Canada officially stopped minting the penny, simply because it was a useless piece of currency.  The United States should follow the example of its northern neighbor, and eliminate the one cent piece. Little shards of copper-plated zinc really do not have a place in the economy. It is […]

A protestor holds a sign advocating for legalization of same-sex marriage outside the chamber of the Minnesota Senate. Source: Tom Morris

It’s About Time

Earlier this week, 75 prominent Republicans signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), two laws that currently ban same-sex marriage. This could either be an attempt for the Republican Party to gain popularity among younger voters, or a […]

by · February 28, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
For the national debt to be paid off, something has to be fixed. Source: Johan Frohman

Desperate for a Deficit Compromise

Late-night comedian Jay Leno once joked, “What’s the only bad thing about Guantanamo Bay’s potential closing? It means the economy is so bad, even terrorists are having trouble finding a home.” Though Guantanamo still remains operational, the underlying message of Leno’s joke still holds true: our economy is not what […]

by · February 12, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
It's time for more sensible gun control measures in America, including an assault weapons ban. Source:Arielny

Stop the Killing Machines

Mass shootings have become something of a regular occurrence in the United States. It seems almost a yearly event, as a man or woman with a gun decides to take out whatever unresolved mental issues they have on innocent bystanders. A world without these kinds of occurrences would be wonderful, […]