Third Time’s the Charm: North Korea’s Nuclear Explosion
Foreign Policy

Third Time’s the Charm: North Korea’s Nuclear Explosion

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 5.1 magnitude quake on 12 February 2013 in Sungjibaegam, North Korea. No, this wasn’t an earthquake but a nuclear detonation. A third one, in fact, by the rogue nation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The regrettable nuclear test not only violates international law but also undermines … Continue reading

End Slavery!
America / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

End Slavery!

Today, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness day. As part of January’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month, many nonprofits and citizens are planning efforts to spread awareness and solidarity. One such effort is encouraging President Obama to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which was signed into law in 2008. The Act authorized … Continue reading

Foreign Policy / Russia

Is Putin really the most powerful person in the world?

My newsfeed headlines have been dominated by news that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named second most influential man in the world. Although there are many other newsworthy stories to report, I believe that this story deserves a nod. According to Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group, influential, charismatic leaders still run the … Continue reading

America / Gov. Officials / Politics / Russia / U.S. Domestic Policy

Politicizing Adoptions or Tales of the Magnitsky Act

The Magnitsky Act, a bill that recently passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, seeks to punish corrupt Russian officials. The bill, named after Sergei Magnitsky who discovered that Russian officials stole $230 million from the Russian treasury and alerted officials, and was later imprisoned and allegedly beaten and denied medical … Continue reading

Central Asia / Foreign Policy / Politics

Counter Terrorism or Limits on Religious Freedom?

Terrorism and religious extremism have found a home in Central Asia long ago. Ties between Central Asian terrorist cells and this in Afghanistan and Pakistan are deep. As fear of increasing terrorism and insurgency rises, Central Asia is increasing efforts to curb extremist tendencies in society. Either through counter terrorism operations, education of its citizens, or … Continue reading

America / Economy / Europe / Foreign Policy / Iran / National Security / Politics / Presidency / Sanctions / U.S. Domestic Policy / UN

WARNING: the Adverse Effects of Unilateral Sanctions

Last week, Congress overwhelmingly voted to increase sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although nuclear nonproliferation has become my life work’s purpose, I can’t, in my right mind, agree with our government’s decision to add increased sanctions. On the other Before you stop reading, hear me out. First, let’s examine the general reasons for … Continue reading