The Debt Crisis: We All Know How Congress Is Reacting, But What About the Rest of the World?

As the United States Congress plays chicken with the current debt crisis, international leaders are showing much less patience with America’s current state of affairs. Predictably, countries that have substantial investment in US assets are paying close attention to the possible futures of their finances, and they do not like...

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Government Gridlock and the Globe

As 450,000 “non-essential” workers continue to sit at home due to the government shutdown, the October 17th Debt Ceiling deadline rapidly approaches. With Congress utterly gridlocked, it is hardly news that the domestic picture is bleak. However, it is also important to understand how these policy decisions (or in this...

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International Idealism

International Idealism

“The leaders who built the United Nations were not naive. They did not think this body could eradicate all wars. But in the wake of millions dead…and with the development of nuclear weapons that could annihilate a planet, they understood that humanity could not survive the course it was on....

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Now That Cher is Dead

Now That Cher is Dead

When Margaret Thatcher was checked into a hospital this past Monday, the world watched with bated breath. Long suffering from dementia , Baroness Thatcher was 87. Her odds for survival were not good. Unsurprisingly, when her death was announced, social media was ready. The website http://www.isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk/, started in June of...

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Rare Earth Elements: The Energy Question of the 21st Century?

While issues pertaining to oil production and dependence have dominated headlines in years past, perhaps America’s real energy concern right now should be focused on rare earth elements. China, our fiercest global economic competitor, currently holds a monopoly on the extraction and refinement of rare earths, a set of 17...

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What’s Happening in Cyprus and Why Do We Care?

Cyprus, a seemingly insignificant Mediterranean isle near Greece and Turkey, has been experiencing a massive debt crisis in recent weeks, one that could actually have profound effects on the international community.  The Cypriot banking sector makes up a huge proportion of the national economy, with national bank deposits worth over...

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Understanding France’s 75% Supertax

            In September 2012, France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande unveiled a temporary 75% marginal tax rate on individuals earning more than one million euros a year, an outrageous amount compared to the American top marginal tax rate of 39.6% . Arriving in the midst of a...

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Welcome to the Age of Cyber Warfare

Mandiant, a U.S. security firm recently released a report accusing China of orchestrating or being involved in cyber espionage. Mandiant says it has been collecting evidence since 2004 connecting China to a variety of so called “Advance Persistent Threats” stemming from China’s secretive Unit 61398. According to CNBC, Mandiant’s...

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An Equal Opportunity Offender

On February 11th, Pope Benedict XVI made news by being the first pope since 1415 to retire. As priests and Vatican officials reach out to parishes, both Catholic and secular media broils with the questions “what next?” and “will I like it?”. Who the next pope is will be a...

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North Korea Nuclear Test Sets Off Waves of Anxiety

As of early Tuesday morning, the North Korean government confirmed that they had successfully conducted a third nuclear test, saying it “used a miniaturized device that had a greater explosive force than previous tests”, as reported by the North’s KCNA official news agency . Pyongyang confirmed the test nearly three...

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