ABCs of the GCC Crisis: Origins and Economics
Economy / Events / Foreign Policy / Middle East / Politics

ABCs of the GCC Crisis: Origins and Economics

Background On June 5th, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt released a joint statement, announcing their severance of all diplomatic and trade ties with the gulf state of Qatar. This announcement came on the heels of rising tensions between Qatar and their fellow Arab states. The official reason given for the severance … Continue reading

Communications / Politics / Presidency

#FraudNewsCNN and the New Era of Press Relations in Politics

In an increasingly digital world, social media has emerged as a new soap box for public figures to speak from. Particularly in politics, outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have proved to be valuable tools for rallying supporters from areas across the United States. However, President Trump’s use of Twitter has been notably different than … Continue reading

The Uncertain Future of NAFTA
Politics / Trade

The Uncertain Future of NAFTA

Overview On May 18th Congress was given official notice of the administrations’ intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). President Trump has repeatedly stated his discontent with NAFTA, often referring to the agreement as “the worst deal of all time”. In the notice sent to Congress, Trade Representative Robert Lightizer, stated that … Continue reading

Breaking Down the Single Payer System
Economy / Healthcare / Politics

Breaking Down the Single Payer System

Overview Late June, legislation that would transform California’s health care system to a single-payer system was brought to a halt by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, despite approval in the state Senate and loud public support. Single-payer health insurance eliminates the numerous private and government health insurers and replaces them with a single public organization that … Continue reading

Should We Break the Open Internet Regulations?
Politics

Should We Break the Open Internet Regulations?

Introduction In May 2017, under the conservative Chairman Ajit Pai’s leadership, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) proposed to roll back the recently-approved net neutrality regulations. Net neutrality advocates for equality in Internet services, under its principle, all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat consumers equally. Experts holding different opinions vehemently argued against each other and … Continue reading

Economy / Foreign Policy / Politics

The Potential Economic Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in Cuba

Overview   Since Fidel Castro took power in 1959, the United States has adopted policies to isolate Cuba both diplomatically and economically. Former President Barack Obama began the process of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba during his tenure. The Obama administration’s policies signal a shift in 50 plus years of American foreign … Continue reading