Archive for January, 2013

On the eve of the release of the next jobs report, the economy is finally on the road to recovery after four years of recession. Source: Dave Smith

Road to Recovery

In 2008, the US entered a period of recession caused by the housing market crash. The effects were wide and costly, resulting in many people losing their jobs and several companies going under. Aman Argawal ‘14 says “The financial crisis that rocked the nation 2007-2009 truly endangered the stability of […]

by · January 31, 2013 · United States
Senators from both parents are coming together to work on a bipartisan deal to fix America's immigration system.

Working Together

While the threat of a volatile economy looms over America, President Obama and a committee of 8 senators, consisting of 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans, have begun to push his policies of immigration reform. The principles in the Senate proposal include a path to citizenship, revamping the way immigrants come […]

by · January 30, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
North Korea’s Nuclear Tests

North Korea’s Nuclear Tests

In a speech delivered on January 1st of this year, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un of North Korea called for improved relations with the South. Barely 20 days later, Kim Jong-un announced the North was planning a third nuclear test, letting South Korea know that if it placed any sanctions on […]

by · January 29, 2013 · World
Governor Brown's budget is filled with errors and frivolous spending on ventures such as High Speed Rail. Source: Neon Tommy

The Cost of Being Debt Free

The cost of being debt free may be greater than California can afford. With drastic cuts to important programs and no guarantee of California’s debt problems, let alone economic problems being resolved, the potential downside with California’s new budget is far greater than the potential upside. Even though Governor Jerry […]

by · January 27, 2013 · California, Features and Opinion
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
Jon Huntsman has championed bipartisanship through his "No Labels" initiative. Source: Gage Skidmore

A “No Labels” Congress?

 I vividly remember President Obama’s first inauguration ceremony. I was in the seventh grade, and our entire class was eagerly listening to his speech on the radio. Although I cannot remember much of what was said, I have not forgotten a few of the President’s words that day, that “On […]

by · January 24, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
Why Immigration is on the Decline

Why Immigration is on the Decline

Comedian David Letterman once quipped “They say there are about 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. But if you ask a Native American, that number is more like 300 million.”  Jokes aside, immigration has always been an integral part of the United States’ culture and economy, ever since the […]

by · January 24, 2013 · Features and Opinion, United States
A French Mirage fighter jet wages war against Al Qaeda’s Maghreb forces in Mali.

Crisis in Mali

In a dramatic update to the ongoing conflict in the West African nation of Mali, French armed forces have begun military operations against Islamic extremists who control the northern region of the country. Air strikes by French Mirage and Rafael fighter jets as well as French ground troops sent to […]

by · January 24, 2013 · World