The Israeli Election: Netanyahu May be a Political Genius, but it Comes with a Cost
Economy / Foreign Policy / Politics

The Israeli Election: Netanyahu May be a Political Genius, but it Comes with a Cost

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s reelection last week has surprised many Israelis as well as the rest of the world. Almost every poll taken prior to the election showed Netanyahu’s conservative Likud Party losing by around two to five seats to the center-left Zionist Union Party led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni. Many attribute … Continue reading

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons? More like a World Full of Nuclear Weapons.
Foreign Policy / National Security / Politics

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons? More like a World Full of Nuclear Weapons.

The use of nuclear weapons is perhaps the most dangerous threat one state can make against another. Dropping a single bomb can kill millions of civilians, destroy cities and cause massive economic damage. When the U.S. dropped the Atom bomb on Nagasaki, it destroyed approximately 40 percent of the buildings in the city. In Hiroshima, … Continue reading

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban
China / Energy / Politics

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban

With much of the current energy conversation surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, many Americans have forgotten, or may not even know, about another energy issue that might just be more important: the crude oil export ban. Since the 1970’s, the U.S. government has prohibited U.S. oil producers to export crude oil internationally in order to … Continue reading

Obama Stated 20 Times he would not Bypass Congress on Immigration
America / Immigration / Latin America / Mexico / Politics / Presidency

Obama Stated 20 Times he would not Bypass Congress on Immigration

“President Obama has said over twenty times that he would not circumvent Congress and the will of the people to create his own immigration law,” reported Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) Wednesday morning. Arguments that Obama’s unilateral actions will assist in reforming the U.S. immigration system are gravely flawed. Granting amnesty plays no part in reforming … Continue reading

How Can International Students Boost the U.S. Economy? – Part II
Foreign Policy / Immigration / Politics

How Can International Students Boost the U.S. Economy? – Part II

Many international students have been leaving the United States after successful completion of their studies. The vast majority of them have been worried about obtaining visas and jobs in fields of their interest since the U.S. current immigration system does not offer any feasible way of how to stay in the country after graduation. Although … Continue reading

Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Africa: Obama’s “Entry Screening”
Foreign Policy / National Security

Travelers from Ebola-Stricken Africa: Obama’s “Entry Screening”

“Entry Screening” is among the latest concerns in the White House.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, met with President Obama and a group of top health and security officials Monday.  They deliberated over creating additional screening requirements for travelers entering the U.S. from African nations stricken with … Continue reading

Tired of Being a Satellite: Ukraine’s Shifting Orbit in the Post-Soviet Space
Europe / Foreign Policy / Politics

Tired of Being a Satellite: Ukraine’s Shifting Orbit in the Post-Soviet Space

On Tuesday September 16, Ukraine’s parliament ratified an association agreement with the European Union. The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France approved the deal on the same day, solidifying the prospect of free trade between the former Soviet state and the EU’s 28 members. While on the surface the accord appears a decisive step towards the … Continue reading