Archive for March, 2013

National IDs, like this one from Serbia, can be effective tools for minimizing election fraud, but can also be a threat to individual freedoms.

Tracking Your Identity and Your Vote

As the debate over voter ID in the United States rages on, one solution that has sometimes been proposed is that of a national ID card.  Such a document would be distributed to each citizen of a country beyond a certain age and would be the primary form of government […]

by · March 19, 2013 · Features and Opinion, World
A U.S. Navy helicopter flies over Southern California. California’s defense industry will lose up to $3.2 billion in government funding if sequestration of the Federal Budget is carried out.

Sequestration Band-Aids

As a student, facing ultimatums is a strong incentive to be a productive self-starter. The purpose of deadlines is to force individuals to complete their work on time, whether it takes the form of an English essay or a Federal Budget. Two times so far this year, Congress has been […]

by · March 18, 2013 · California, Features and Opinion
A Predator MQ-1 drone taxis at an Iraq air base.

Drones in America

Unmanned drones have been in use by the military in recent years, carrying out operations ranging from spy missions to missile strikes. They have proven valuable on the field during combat and intelligence gathering. However, they have only been used extensively in other countries, and are mainly focused in the […]

by · March 14, 2013 · United States
Dennis Rodman meets with Kim Jong-Un, the dictator of North Korea.

Rolling with Rodman

Celebrities hobnobbing with dictators isn’t as unusual as you might expect. Danny Glover and several other film stars visited Venezuela after after Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution. Actor Sean Penn traveled to Baghdad directly prior to the U.S. invasion in 2002-2003. The most recent occurrence is the widely reported trip by […]

by · March 12, 2013 · World
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 […]

Free Syrian Army (FSA) soldiers train to effectively resist the forces of Bashar al-Assad. Source: FreedomHouse

How Far They’ve Come

The conflict in Syria, bloody since its beginnings in March 2011, has turned into a full-scale civil war between the government of Bashar al-Assad and rebels loosely gathered under the name of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). What began as a violent crackdown on peaceful protests has now evolved into […]

by · March 6, 2013 · Features and Opinion, World
The upscale district on Ginza Street in Tokyo. Japan, one of the East Asian Tigers, is expected to be one of the world’s strongest economies in the next 50 years.

Whose Century Is It?

Given the recent economic collapse and turmoil in Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and the Eurozone crisis in general, many wonder whether the European economy will ever get back on track.  Recent predictions indicate that such a recovery does not seem imminent: on the whole, the GDP is supposed to fall […]

by · March 5, 2013 · World
A sudden ban on assault weapons is not the solution America needs to prevent another Newtown.

Out of Fear

With the recent shootings in Connecticut, where twenty children and six adults were murdered, there has been an outcry and call for more gun bans  to prevent this terrible tragedy from happening again. Many people have suggested reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 as a possible solution. However, basing […]

Soldiers from Senegal and Mali train with the U.S. Army's AFRICOM division in order to effectively combat Al-Qaeda's growing presence in the Saharan Desert. In recent months, the move of Al-Qaeda into Africa has initiated violent conflict in Mali. Source: Staff Sgt. Michael R. Noggle

Mali After France

With the Malian capital of Bamako at risk of being overtaken by rebels linked to Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, many thought in January that Mali was lost and would soon to become a failed state. However, France, which previously held Mali as a colony, swept in at the eleventh hour […]

by · March 1, 2013 · Features and Opinion, World