Tag: United States

A New Direction for South Korea

In April, South Korea’s former President Park Geun-Hye was impeached and charged with bribery, coercion, abuse of power, and leaking state secrets. Her trial began on May 23rd with her denial of any wrongdoing, despite overwhelming evidence against her. Included…

The Petrodollar Regime is Crumbling, but How Will the U.S. Economy React?

The global energy market is undergoing a rapid transformation in favour of unconventionally-sourced oil and renewables. With this transformation comes a change in relations between the globe’s largest oil consumer and the globe’s largest oil exporter, the United States (U.S.) and…

Tsunami Watch: Blue Wave Coming?

The ingredients for a rising wave were all there. The controversial Republican president’s approval rating sat at an abysmal 28%. As elections approached, a special election was declared for the early springtime in a district that had been Republican since the…

Queer Ancestors: Bequeathing Stories to Fractured Minorities

“As gay people, we get to choose our families, and you—you are my family,” the legendary drag performer RuPaul mused at Pride Toronto last summer. This quote, widely cherished in the LGBTQ community, epitomizes both the curses and charms of queer…

THAAD: A Tale of Four Countries

Amidst western cacophony surrounding the rise of a new radical right in European elections, a new U.S. travel ban, and the unveiling of Republicans’ now-defeated bill to repeal Obamacare, on March 6, 2017, two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)…

Unintelligent Intelligence

Recently, Congressman Devin Nunes of California, chair of the Intelligence Committee, revealed that Donald Trump’s team was caught up in incidental surveillance conducted during the election cycle. While this development was reported as a seeming vindication of President Trump’s controversial…

Tequila and Startups: Mexico’s Growing Tech Scene

When asked where the latest technological innovation blooms, many answer Silicon Valley. Much to the world’s surprise, a new kid in town south of the border fosters a flourishing startup atmosphere along with a competitive tech workforce. In the past…

G(ouging)O(ur)P(oor)

The 1956 Republican Party platform calls for “reductions in taxes with particular consideration for low and middle income families,” brags about Eisenhower’s minimum wage increases, and calls for the strengthening of programs like social security. The 1950s and 1960s were…