Syrian refugees are looking for hope, but they may not find it in the U.S. if our politicians continue to block their passage.

Turning Our Backs on American Values and Succumbing to Fear

We all know the story.  Bashar al-Assad’s atrocities in Syria have created a power vacuum in the Middle East, one filled by the ruthless tendencies of ISIS, prompting more than four million people to flee in search of a better, and safer, future.  This is what spurred President Obama to […]

The Canadian Election and its Impact on the U.S.

The Canadian Election and its Impact on the U.S.

Most Bellarmine students, and Americans for that matter, see Canada as the land of maple syrup, hockey, and incredibly nice people. These stereotypes may be reasonably accurate, as Canada produces approximately 80% of the world’s maple syrup, and that during the 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal hockey match of Canada […]

by · November 19, 2015 · World
While many refugees have fled to Europe, many more remain in massive refugee camps in the Middle East.

Where Will the Refugees Go?

We’ve all been duped.  We aren’t humans after all; we’re amphibians, frogs to be exact.   And we’ve been sitting in boiling water for too long and now we have to face the consequences.  Over four years ago, the Syrian Civil War broke out, bringing instability to an already precarious region.  […]

by · September 20, 2015 · Features and Opinion, World
Behind the wrappers of our chocolate bars lies an ugly truth: child slavery remains a pressing problem.

Silence of the Lambs

Who doesn’t have fond memories of their childhood?  Remember the age of spelling workbooks, trips to Disneyland, and cooties?  While American kids take these years of innocence for granted, Agnes was brutally robbed of her childhood at the age of ten when Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army snatched her from her […]

by · July 30, 2015 · Features and Opinion, World
ISIS is Losing Ground

ISIS is Losing Ground

The horror and devastation that the self-proclaimed Islamic State and its fighters have wrought on Iraq and Syria has been complete. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, fearful for their lives and the lives of their loved ones as ISIS tore through their cities and towns. Just […]

by · May 27, 2015 · World
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
An Afghan man holds up a stained purple finger indicating that he cast his ballot. Image by Chris Allison.

Turning Point: Afghanistan Chooses a New President

As rain pelted the shrouded men entering the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque in Kabul on April 5, attendants inside rushed back and forth, trying to minimize damage and prevent further chaos. Luckily, the problem they were responding to wasn’t a suicide bomber, but an altogether different and far more pleasant […]

by · May 12, 2014 · World
David Ortiz was paid by Samsung to take a selfie with President Obama a few weeks ago. Image by David Ortiz.

The Selfie to End All Selfies: Samsung Goes Too Far to Market Its Products

A long time ago, Justin Long tried to stay relevant by appearing in a series of commercials as the personification of an Apple product who always argued with his PC counterpart. While this may have only been a few years ago, I say a “long time ago” because this was […]

by · May 6, 2014 · United States, 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