Articles by: Alec Vandenberg

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the rise of a united Germany.

Out of the Rubble: Tracking Germany’s Ascent to Power

In the dark streets of Berlin on November 9, 1989, crowds flocked to the Berlin Wall, eager to tear down the physical manifestation of German disunity. Less than one year later, the formerly occupied nation emerged once again as a single political entity and country to be reckoned with. Fast […]

by · April 2, 2015 · World
Can Putin prevent Russia from collapsing?

Peril for Putin

With the conflict in Crimea cooling down for the moment, Putin decided to open up a new front on Russia’s eastern border, only this time with one of Russia’s staunchest allies: China. In late November, Russian President Vladimir Putin released his two pet Siberian tigers into the wild, only to […]

by · January 3, 2015 · World
Chicago experienced harsh winter temperatures this past season as a result of a polar vortex that many climatologists have attributed to global climate change. Image by Edward Stojakovic.

Climate Change: Hoax or Harsh Reality?

For our whole lives we have been warned about global warming, about how if we don’t change how we live and treat the environment we’ll end up in post-apocalyptic world. And for all our lives too many have scoffed at such predictions and “scientific nonsense,” as many have been content […]

by · April 30, 2014 · Features and Opinion, World
Protesters in Kiev march in opposition to Russia's invasion of Crimea. Image by 	ВО Свобода.

Ukraine: Where East Meets West

From military intervention, to political conditions on humanitarian aid, to economic isolation, the United States has flaunted its political power throughout the world for decades. But with Ukraine becoming a battleground between East and West, one may ask, “What role should the U.S. play in this looming conflict?”  There is […]

A map of venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposed split of California into six states. Copyrighted Image by Mickey Mellen of Google Earth Blog.

One Man, Six Californias: Tim Draper’s Bold Proposal to Split the Golden State

In 1850, California finally gained its statehood.  A little over 160 years later, this American desire for creating new states has not yet been quenched. In an effort to send more Californian senators to Washington D.C., unconventional technology investor Tim Draper is attempting to gain support for a 2014 ballot […]

by · February 4, 2014 · California, Features and Opinion