The CCP and the United States
The United States and the Chinese Communist Party have developed the most hypocritical relationship to ever grace the world stage. The inconsistency in there diplomatic moral induces corrupted policy, cold-war style military tactics, and incomprehensible espionage. To ignore the threat of the CCP led by the Xi Jinping regime, is to ignore the impending turmoil staring directly at your face. The expansion of the CCP’s influence globally has been one of great debate. In the case of the United States, the relationship with China has been inconsistent to say they very least. The CCP’s general idea of international diplomacy towards the U.S. means utilizing and maintaining as much U.S. capital and resources as possible, while simultaneously remaining hostile. With this said, I want to dissect the CCP and their ties to U.S. influence. How for so long they have been able to openly steal from and manipulate American democracy and still be revered as some form of ally to the current administration is baffling in my opinion. I want to highlight key examples of the CCP’s hostility towards the United States and timeline the moments that shaped the current diplomatic position between the two.
"Envisioning Women in World History" by Catherine Clay
I had the opportunity to read Envisioning Women in World History by Catherine Clay. It reflects historical patriarchal suppression upon women across the globe. While I am not one to preach about the need for the “fall of the patriarchy” this book did illuminate several issues that I never really did consider before I read it. I want to try my best now to define and dissect some of the terminology and historical accounts focused on by Clay that I found to be the most prevalent of the information she provided.
Events that shaped 2021
When we all look back at the year that was 2021, we will all have our own reflections of the highs and lows. For some, this year was as tumultuous as the last in 2020. For others, this was a year of opportunity. For all however, it was a year that brought definite uncertainty for the near future. With this said, I want to take the time to look back at pivotal moments across the globe both domestically and internationally, that highlight those reasons of uncertainty. Global instability was and still is a reoccurring theme across pockets of global society. From the pandemic, to proxy wars, 2021 left us a novel that has yet to be finished. Let us start from the beginning and work our way to a culmination that assures us theoretical fireworks.
The Virtual Loss of Reality
About five years or so ago I remember having an indicia induced conversation with one of my best friends. During that conversation my friend would deduce a Nostradamus type theory that has without a doubt come to fruition. He said “watch, ten years from now we won’t be living in this reality. We’ll be living completely virtual”. It’s probably the most forethought he’s had or will ever have in his life, but he hit the nail on the head. I never did give it a thought or an ounce of my intellectual effort to look into. Now however, virtual reality and virtual living cannot be ignored. Virtual life is here and it is here to stay, and in my opinion, it is exponentially terrifying.
It’s been nearly 48 hours since the culmination of the end of the year spectacle that was UFC 269. From the emergence of new contenders, to grizzled vets showing us they still had some left in the tank, as well as one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, 269 delivered that chaotic pageantry we have all come to know and love. There was a lot to digest. From the prelims to the main card, almost all the fights had a competitive allure about them. It was as if each individual knew the ramifications that came from performing on the last big event of the year. With that said, lets breakdown some of the key moments from this weekend’s event as well as what may come next for the fighters involved.
As 2021 comes to a close, the combat sports world remains wide open and full of opportunity. This weekend of December 3rd and 4th of 2021 kicks off the final month of the combative year and it is a certified sleeper! From Bellator 272 between Bantamweight champ Sergio Pettis and RIZIN champ Kyoji Horiguchi, to UFC Fight Night Aldo vs. Font, as well as the return of Devin Haney against a game JoJo Diaz, this weekend should not be under any fight fans radar by any means. Let’s dive into each one of the events and breakdown exactly why I believe spectacle will deliver the goods.
The Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell
As I write this editorial, one of the most problematic and controversial trails of our lifetime is unfolding. The trial of the United States vs. Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell is a former socialite charged with the recruiting, grooming, and exploitation of under-aged girls for sex and sexual favors for the now deceased and disgraced financier Jeffery Epstein. Maxwell is also accused of joining in on the acts themselves as well as administering profuse harassment after the encounters. Formally, Maxwell is being charged for the following;
The weekend of Friday November 5th to Saturday November 6th 2021 brought an astronomical amount of anticipation for combat sports fans. From live crowds back in the O2 in Dublin, to Madison Square Garden completing another chapter in their endless epic of fight history, this star-studded weekend did not disappoint. With every contest came queries after. You could argue that for the fans and pundits alike, we were all left with more questions than answers once the dust had settled in regards to what’s next for some these athletes. With that said, let’s take a look at each major event throughout the weekend and try and make sense of the chaos that unfolded.
The Fall of Afghanistan
Twenty years. Twenty grueling years the United States occupied the Afghan countryside with a security presence unlike any operation previously performed by our military. October 15th, 1999 would be the catalytic day in Afghan history when the United Nations would adopt Resolution 1267. This resolution effectively recognized Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as a global threat to peace and sovereignty. The resolution would sanction the group’s ability for funding, travel, and arms shipments. Regardless, the post-Soviet civil war provided a sanctuary for the growth of Al-Qaeda and their operations. On September 9th, 2001 Ahmad Shah Massoud, commander of the Northern Alliance, an anti-Taliban coalition, was assassinated by Al-Qaeda. This would open the doors even wider for the extremists, by affectively eliminating the lone, in-country, resistance towards their unforgiving crusade. With Massoud gone, this ensures protection for Al-Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden.
The Real Threat
At this very moment, there are world powers that hold the capability to end 90 percent of the United States population without the use of direct force. Instead of automatic weapons and nuclear bombs, the tactics of choice include phishing, ransomware, malware, watering hole attacks, and numerous other developed techniques that derive from the space of online warfare. Cyber Terrorism is this countries greatest threat to liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. In the last 2 years alone the United States has been teased by attacks from foreign adversaries targeting core pillars in American infrastructure. The examples highlighted in this op-ed are what seemed to be the most alarming cases of cyber terrorism directed towards the United States.
A United Ireland
Ireland has been torn between two ideological religions; The Protestants in the North, and the Catholics in the South. This divide has led to bloodshed, and political turmoil for the Irish. As a proud Irish-American descendant, I would argue that what’s best for the island is a united Ireland. Economic status would be revamped drastically for the better. The benefit towards enterprise and business will generate employment and a better condition under infrastructure. The costs generated towards the upkeep of the hard border should be dispersed towards other factions of infrastructure that support the quality of living standards, especially in and around the border towns. Political identity will become political individuality in a united Ireland. Conflict will see a drastic decline, if not an end; but there are always factors that come into play when the game of diplomatic chess is being played.
Thank You, Mr. Bourdain
I'm not really sure where to begin. June 8, 2018 the world lost one of its greatest admirers in Anthony Bourdain. He was an American icon. A celebrity chef, author, and television personality by profession, but as a human being, he was a rebel, a bad boy, and an absolute inspiration. His work opened the eyes of millions towards what this world has to offer us. Every night at 9 o'clock we escaped on a journey with Tony for one hour, to wherever he found himself on this Earth. With those travels, Tony revealed culinary culture, exposed tribal tendencies, and pushed the limit towards what we, the human being, accept as normality. It was always a reminder that there is so much more to this life than our cell phones and Starbucks. Maybe that reminder is what killed him.