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Citizens United

What is the Citizens United decision about? The simple explanation of Citizens United is that in January 2010, it alone established unlimited donations for...

China Must Stress Innovation To Pass U.S.

Ai Weiwei. If you asked people in China who this person is, few could answer. But the man and his recent disappearance are highly instructive in understanding something very important about China and its future.

Partisans Poison Congress

The political news is currently fixated on the midterm elections. Which candidates will win? How many seats will the Republicans win from the Democrats?...

A Tale of Two Iraqis

In the past two years, Iraq has gradually drifted off of the front pages of most American publications. Public opinion polls indicate most Americans...

High Fructose Corn Syrup: A Sticky Fat Trap

When I was an undergraduate, one of my classmates said that university life can be quite insulating. It insulates us from many problems including...

Shake, Shake, Shake

Since California has been bogged down in a failed budget and high unemployment, state politicians have been focusing on delaying tax increases and deflecting...

Escalation: Humanizing the Afghanistan War

Presidents usually age a lot in office. This is no wonder considering the difficult decisions they need to make. One particularly difficult choice awaits President Obama in Afghanistan. With the rise in coalition deaths, what was once considered a forgotten war has leaped back onto the front pages. Icasualties.org, a site that tracks causalities for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan, shows that the casualty rates for January, February, March, May, July, August, September and October this year are the highest ever. It is widely accepted that these increased casualty rates suggest that changes to strategy might need to be made. Hence, President Obama must decide how to proceed.

Somali Piracy: On the Horns of a Dilemma?

When most people think of pirates, they probably think of recent movies or of a bygone era when wooden ships using sails were attacked by people looking for precious cargo like gold. However, piracy is running strong in the Gulf of Aden – the body of water between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia east of Africa – one of the world's most important waterways. Around 11 percent of the world's shipped petroleum goes through it.

China: The Emerging Power

Do you recall the pressure you felt when you took the SAT? It was probably sharp and crushing. However, you may have taken comfort in knowing that your college prospects were only partially dependent on the achievement tests. If you stumbled on those, you could always bolster your grades and extracurricular activities. However, imagine if that test was the only thing that mattered for college entrance. This is the type of pressure students in China face in their high school senior year.

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