The Implications of the Death of Baghdadi

The Implications of the Death of Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world’s most-wanted terrorist leader, killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a U.S. military operation in northwest Syria on October 26. Announcing himself the caliph in 2014, the late IS leader vanished along with his dream to resurrect the caliphate and assume legitimate dominance over...

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A Closer Look at the Nobel Peace Prize

A Closer Look at the Nobel Peace Prize

Since its establishment in 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded on a yearly basis to those who, in Alfred Nobel’s own words, “shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” Due to its global scope, the presentation of the Nobel Prize has become one of the most widely followed...

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Brexit: to Deal or not to Deal

Brexit: to Deal or not to Deal

The United Kingdom (UK) requested yet again an extension of Brexit on Tuesday, October 22. Brexit is the UK’s movement to withdraw from the European Union (EU) starting in 2016 when the country voted to leave per referendum. The Prime-Minister Boris Johnson tried to pass two separate legislations on Tuesday: one...

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Israeli Elections Testing the Reign of King Bibi

Israeli Elections Testing the Reign of King Bibi

Current Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu faces elections for the second time this year in September which will lead to either a remarkable win or the end of the King Bibi era.  Netanyahu’s party, the Likud Party, won the election in April, but Netanyahu was unable to form a majority...

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CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage? In 2011, Iran unearthed a ring of US spies and their handlers somewhat inexplicably. This compromised the US’s negotiating power in terms of the nuclear deal and sabotaged bleeding-edge intel about the state of Iran’s nuclear development. Last year...

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The Jamal Khashoggi Case Debrief

The Jamal Khashoggi Case Debrief

Jamal Khashoggi was a Washington Post writer and political dissident of the Saudi Arabian monarchy. He spoke out against the Saudi crackdown on media, radical islam, and the  regime’s involvement in Yemen. Due to his beliefs and public image, the Saudi government banned him from entering the county. On October...

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Crown Prince Pursues Reform in Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Pursues Reform in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman recently concluded his three-week tour across the United States. He courted America’s tech giants, in hopes they will bring their booming business to Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince met with Apple, Google, and Amazon, with the desire to convince the latter into building a...

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OPINION: Syrian War was Long Overdue

This past summer I had the opportunity to visit some of my family members in Beirut, Lebanon.  For the most part, I was literate about the Syrian Civil War and current political discourse in Lebanon. Yet, my understanding of Middle East politics was changed when I was able to travel...

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The Catalonian Independence Movement And Its Impact On Students Studying Abroad

The Catalonian Independence Movement And Its Impact On Students Studying Abroad

Abigail Fournier contributed to this article Each year, Juniors at Vanderbilt have the choice to study abroad in over 100 cities throughout dozens of countries. One of the most popular destinations is the Spanish city of Barcelona, known for its historic architecture, delicious food, and celebrated museums. Recently, however, Barcelona...

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Lessons from an Auschwitz Survivor

Lessons from an Auschwitz Survivor

On Tuesday night, an 88-year-old Auschwitz survivor named Roman Kent came to Vanderbilt to share the story of his life during the Holocaust. Kent was imprisoned in the Lodz Ghetto and various concentration camps, persecuted for his Jewish heritage. Kent has since shared his story as a means to prevent...

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