Archive for 2012

Police clash with a man protesting austerity measures in Greece in 2011. Source: ggia

A Year in Review: Greece and the Eurozone Crisis

Back in 2009, Greece was on the verge of what would become far more than a local calamity. Globalization of finances, coupled with the ever increasing debt levels, led analysts and economists worldwide to speculate on whether or not the nation was on the brink of economic collapse. Credit swaps […]

by · December 20, 2012 · World
Source: Tax Credits

The Impact of Unemployment on the 2012 Election

A recent poll taken by Gallup finds that over 70% of Americans believe that economic problems, ranging from unemployment and deficit spending to taxes and income inequality, are the biggest issues facing the nation today. When it comes to the 2012 election, it seems the economy is by far the […]

by · November 5, 2012 · United States
This graph shows the US government's debt as a percentage of GDP from the past 30 years. Source: LibertyUSArocks

How to Handle the Deficit

What do Congressmen and the Kardashians have in common? Having spouses that are trophy wives might be one thing, but more importantly is that both spend a ton of money. However, while the Kardashians seem to make endless money by doing nothing, US policy makers cannot make money for the […]

by · November 4, 2012 · Features and Opinion, United States
Source: California High Speed Rail Authority

Victory for High Speed Rail

On July 6th this year, the California Senate approved the first major chunk of funding for the state’s high-speed rail project, allocating $2.6 billion dollars in state bonds towards the controversial construction. In a 21-16 vote, the Democrat-led Senate secured $2.6 billion dollars for the initial construction stages of the […]

by · November 2, 2012 · California
Teachers from Chicago Public Schools left classrooms and shut down schools for several days to protest for fair pay. Source: BLPerk

Chicago Teachers’ Strike

While Bellarmine students were slowly getting into the routine of a new school year, almost 400,000 students in Chicago could not have been facing more contrasting prospects. The entire city’s school district, one of the largest in the nation, remained at a virtual standstill as a result of the Chicago […]

by · November 1, 2012 · United States
Protesters convene in Tahrir Square at the height of the Egyptian Revolution in February 2011. Source: Jonathan Rashad

The Arab Spring

Fruit. Ironically, the food group that grows during the spring happens to be the spark that started the Arab Spring, possibly the most significant events in recent times in the international community. Mohammad Bouazizi was a 26 year old fruit salesman in Tunisia. He, like many other young men and […]

by · November 1, 2012 · World
Unrestrained consumption of resources is polluting the environment and destroying the world for future generations. Source: Mikaelm Miettinen

The Need to Conserve

I leave the water on when I’m brushing. I use AC, I take long showers, and I don’t recycle as much as I should. In spite of all these things, I’m still a huge proponent of dealing with climate change. The reason is that climate change, if left unnoticed, is […]

by · November 1, 2012 · Features and Opinion, World
Race’s Effect on the Election

Race’s Effect on the Election

History was made four years ago when Americans elected Barack Obama as the first president of the country from a minority group. It is no secret that the share of minorities – like African-Americans,Hispanics, and Asians – as a percentage of the overall electorate is increasing as time passes. Just […]

by · October 30, 2012 · United States
The GOP’s Attack on Contraception and Planned Parenthood

The GOP’s Attack on Contraception and Planned Parenthood

Since women do make up somewhere around 50% of population…they are without a doubt one of the key voter demographics in this year’s election, and as a result birth control and the funding of Planned Parenthood has become a major issue. A debate has developed around whether or not government […]

Police, especially in states such as Arizona, have stepped up immigration patrols in recent years. Source: Elvert Barnes

Controversy over Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration in the United States has been a very controversial issue over the past few years. The federal government, due to its lack of bipartisanship, has not been able to pass any crucial immigration reform laws, so some states have been forced to pass their own legislation. One such […]

by · October 30, 2012 · United States