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  • Robert Turner
    Published about 3 hours ago
    And the Oscar Goes to... Donald Trump

    And the Oscar Goes to... Donald Trump

    “For his leading role as the President in Season 1 of the Whitehouse, the 2019 Best Male Actor and Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Donald Trump. This wasn’t a difficult decision for the panel as there really wasn’t any competition. His opposition have repeatedly failed to produce a show that is worthy of watching and poor casting has led to unbelievable character portrayals that have consistently been outperformed by the winner.
  • Karina Thyra
    Published about 4 hours ago
    Youth Time International Movement: The International NGO You Probably Didn't Know, But Should

    Youth Time International Movement: The International NGO You Probably Didn't Know, But Should

    The Youth Time International Movement recently held its 5th Annual Youth Global Forum where over 112 youths from over 42 different countries have participated in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The international nongovernment organization traces its roots from the first Rhodes Youth Forum where the president of Youth Time, Julia Kinash, was also present.
  • Jonathan Sim
    Published about 4 hours ago
    'Dark Waters' Review—A Tense Thriller

    'Dark Waters' Review—A Tense Thriller

    Can we just add this film along with Spotlight to the genre of movies starring Mark Ruffalo exposing people who knew things and let it happen? Because so far, it's been a great genre.
  • Amy King
    Published about 21 hours ago
    Interview with an Extinction Rebellionist

    Interview with an Extinction Rebellionist

    Following the countless Extinction Rebellion protests, film festivals and multiple other activist platforms, a number of arrests have been made against these activists fighting for a declared climate emergency.
  • TheWarBlog
    Published about 22 hours ago
    Is the Theory of Strategic Culture Valid?

    Is the Theory of Strategic Culture Valid?

    Strategic Culture is a way of explaining the Strategic behaviours, policies, traditions and decisions made by the State and its Military. Culture is one of the dimension of strategy. This dimension is an extremely contested concept due to the complexity of the dimension. Everybody associates them selves with one or more culture. The culture that they identify as, will influence how they behave and how they think due to their social and cultural education. Biological and cultural factors determine human thoughts, decisions, behaviours, actions, and reactions. ‘Policy makers and strategists tend to view situations through their own cultural and strategic “lenses,” Some of the earliest works on Strategic culture have been from Jack Snyder, Colin S Gray and Alastair Johnston. In 1977, Jack Snyder sought to understand Soviet nuclear strategy as distinct from America’s own. This work by Snyder presented the first contemporary use of strategic culture. Both Gray and Johnston, use Snyder’s work and formed the basis of their work. Colin S, Gray writes about strategic culture in his book ‘Modern Strategy’, while Johnston writes about strategic culture in his publication of ‘Thinking about strategic culture.’ Both these publications are early works into strategic culture. Strategic culture can help answer the interconnected and complicated world that the world has become since the Cold War. In order to answer the question is strategic culture valid? This paper will delve into strategic culture and the understanding of strategic culture and how it relates to strategy of states and its militaries. It will help to understand why states make the choices that they decide and the behaviours that they have.
  • Alex Barbu
    Published about 22 hours ago
    Empathy

    Empathy

    The Key to an Ideal Society
Staff Picks
  • Karina Thyra
    Published a day ago
    The 5th Youth Global Forum: 3 Important Take-Aways

    The 5th Youth Global Forum: 3 Important Take-Aways

    I’ve been invited recently to the fifth annual Youth Global Forum in Amsterdam as a journalist.
  • Ian McKenzie
    Published 2 days ago
    Congratulations Greta

    Congratulations Greta

    Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg has been awarded Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2019 award. At a mere sixteen years of age, she is the youngest recipient ever.
  • Shandi Pace
    Published 24 days ago
    Examining Robert F. Kennedy’s Greatest Speech

    Examining Robert F. Kennedy’s Greatest Speech

    On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically shot by James Earl Ray outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. While the country went up in flames, there was a calming voice that arose from the ashes. That very same night, Robert F. Kennedy gave one of the greatest speeches by any American politician over the last 100 years. On what would be Kennedy's 94th birthday, let's take a look at the politician's most heartfelt and progressive statement of his entire career.
  • Scott Santens
    Published about a month ago
    Eleven Nobel Laureates Who Have Endorsed Universal Basic Income

    Eleven Nobel Laureates Who Have Endorsed Universal Basic Income

    The idea of an unconditional basic income (UBI) floor where everyone starts with the same minimum amount of money as everyone else each month as an economic right of citizenship is not a new idea. UBI is an idea with a long history and thus a long history of support. Among that support exists a number of Nobel prize winners. The following is a compilation of some of those names and what they've said about UBI in recent years.
  • Anna Gooding-Call
    Published 3 months ago
    How The Climate Strike Has Already Changed The World

    How The Climate Strike Has Already Changed The World

    You've seen Greta Thunberg on the news, and you watched the coverage as millions of kids struck for the climate. But what did they accomplish by skipping school? Critics say that this was just a way to get out of class, but there's a long history of teens and young people changing the course of history. Here's how the climate strike changed the world in a single day.
  • Craig Braquet
    Published 3 months ago
    A Little Group of Letters

    A Little Group of Letters

    It’s been a few good years for the LGBTQ community. In June of 2015 the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, I think that will be the “defining moment” when they write the history books.
Featured Collections
Activism
Celebrities
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 19 days ago
    Queen Elizabeth and Other Royals React to Prince Andrew's Scandal

    Queen Elizabeth and Other Royals React to Prince Andrew's Scandal

    There has been no shortage of reactions from family members over Prince Andrew's scandal. Several royals have spoken out about the recent news concerning Prince Andrew's association with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his BBC interview.
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 27 days ago
    Meghan Markle Invited Hillary Clinton to Meet Baby Archie

    Meghan Markle Invited Hillary Clinton to Meet Baby Archie

    Soon after Hillary Clinton said publicly that she wanted to give Meghan Markle a hug she got to do just that last Tuesday, November 12, 2019. The Duchess of Sussex secretly invited the former Secretary of State to visit her and her family at Frogmore Cottage. Prince Harry was not at home at the time of the visit, but Hillary spent time with Meghan and baby Archie. While there, Mrs. Clinton was able to get her wish to hug Meghan and to hold Archie just as she has been accustomed to holding her own grandchildren.
  • Alan Russell
    Published 2 months ago
    Thank You, Mr. Cleese

    Thank You, Mr. Cleese

    Just 30 words attributed to John Cleese was enough to encourage me to look further into how protectionist international trade is. Is the international market for goods and services encased in protectionist policies? Are there any countries that are totally free of such policies? Or, are all countries guilty of protectionism?
Congress
  • Cheryl E
    Published 2 days ago
    Republicans Need to Come Clean About Trump

    Republicans Need to Come Clean About Trump

    United States citizens are tired of the dog and pony show coming from our capital. Day after day members of the Republican Party show themselves to be more loyal to Donald Trump than the American people. How do these elected officials look at themselves in the mirror or sleep at night? The current commander in chief has never held a political office before. He is running the country the same way he has run businesses. Seeking the help of foreign governments to help him win in 2016 and again in 2020 is dirty pool but it’s the way the Donald had always done business. We really can’t fault him for being who he is. Those on Capital Hill who are enabling him have been in Washington for decades, and they know better.
  • John Heckenlively
    Published 4 days ago
    Bryan Watch: Dec Week 1

    Bryan Watch: Dec Week 1

    Other than the Judiciary Committee starting hearings that are almost certain to end with articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, it was a relatively slow week in Congress. There were only 12 votes this week, but eight of them were party line.
  • John Heckenlively
    Published 28 days ago
    Bryan Watch: Nov 2019

    Bryan Watch: Nov 2019

    It was a fairly slow week for Congress. Only fifteen votes, and five of those on noncontroversial bills.
Controversies
  • Moses Akeri
    Published a day ago
    Gun Control: Life Shot for My Eyes

    Gun Control: Life Shot for My Eyes

    The problem with gun control has been discussed for decades. People have given arguments about gun control in the US. Some cases have been about the 2nd amendment, while others argued that owning a gun is essential for self-defense. Furthermore, the problem with gun control in the US is the Saws are not in every street, and the youth involved with gun violence.
  • Andrew Russell
    Published 2 days ago
    Demographic Cost and Impetus on Health Care Industry

    Demographic Cost and Impetus on Health Care Industry

    There are a few factors that are driving change in the home health care industry of late. Typically, it is the aging of the US population that plays the major role in bringing the changes in health care system. According to MedPAC or The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission:
  • Grant Patterson
    Published 2 days ago
    It's Not the Science I'm Sceptical Of

    It's Not the Science I'm Sceptical Of

    Today, I awoke to the news that little climate scold Greta Thunberg is Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” I can’t say I’m surprised.
Corruption
  • Bill Croft
    Published about a month ago
    Make America Think Again

    Make America Think Again

    On any given day in my professional role, I receive complaints against licensed practitioners. In some cases, the individual calling might be considered a whistle-blower since they are also calling about the facility. Regardless, we give every complaint due process. Before launching a full investigation, which includes issuing a subpoena, the complainant is questioned regarding their knowledge of the events. It may go in several ways.
  • Dr. Williams
    Published about a month ago
    The Great Money Spigot

    The Great Money Spigot

    While the main stream media is so concerned with Trump and the pending impeachment process, the Fed meanwhile continues to funnel money to Wall Street to the tune of $690 billion a week. Either the media is in collusion with the Fed to keep this information from reaching the general public or they are too preoccupied with Trump, international affairs, and, then again, they could very well be just too blind to see what is actually happening to the economy.
  • Joe Gladden
    Published 3 months ago
    Labor of Lewandowski

    Labor of Lewandowski

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Defense
  • TheWarBlog
    Published 3 months ago
    From an Intelligence Perspective, Was 9/11 Avoidable?

    From an Intelligence Perspective, Was 9/11 Avoidable?

    The attacks on the World Trade Centre and on the Pentagon had a lasting effect on the world which we still see to this day. The events that had taken place on September 11, 2001, was quoted by many as the event that had ‘changed everything.' The attacks had caused many changes to happen in many aspects around the world and changed many attitudes as to how to cope and deal with terrorism. It had caused conflicts to begin in Afghanistan and Iraq, with many nations around the world rushing to America’s aid to deal with those that had caused 9/11. Security was increased drastically to try and prevent anything on this magnitude to ever be able to happen again. The biggest change to have come from the attacks was surely the intelligence services.
  • TheWarBlog
    Published 3 months ago
    The Potential Implications on UK EEZ Security Post Brexit

    The Potential Implications on UK EEZ Security Post Brexit

    United Kingdoms Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Dr. Williams
    Published 6 months ago
    Manufactured Wars

    Manufactured Wars

    Today, the Trump Administration has put the United States on the wrong side of history yet again. What we are witnessed to today is a repeat of how wrong Government has been ever since World War II. We have failed to heed the warnings from General Douglas Mac Arthur. And, I quote
History
  • Landon Girod
    Published 9 days ago
    How We Can Use Moral Ethics to Justify Killing Baby Hitler (With a Time Machine of Course)

    How We Can Use Moral Ethics to Justify Killing Baby Hitler (With a Time Machine of Course)

    In this crazy complex world we live in, I think we can all agree on two things as being absolute. Tacos are delicious, and Adolph Hitler was a bad dude. Many have discussed what it would be like if Hitler had been killed before he committed his disgusting crimes on humanity. One such idea is going back in time to kill Hitler as a baby. The idea turned into a question that is a thought-provoking one, getting various answers from different people. Many deciding that killing baby Hitler would be an easy task.
  • Robert Turner
    Published 15 days ago
    The Secretive City That Is Home to Britain’s New Empire

    The Secretive City That Is Home to Britain’s New Empire

    Deep in the heart of London, in an area occupying just over one square mile, lies the City of London. It is the oldest part of London which was originally named Londinium by its founders, the Romans. The City is home to London’s financial sector and boasts the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange and the Royal Courts of Justice as but a few of its eminent tenants.
  • Robert Bowen
    Published 18 days ago
    The Truths Were Self-Evident

    The Truths Were Self-Evident

    One of the first things a child learns in school is the most quoted line from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Humanity
  • Rebekah Sian Crawley
    Published 3 days ago
    We Are the People Behind the Statistics

    We Are the People Behind the Statistics

    We've all seen this iconic moment. The moment Jeremy Corbyn sparked a fire inside the crowds of Wirral Live. But why are the younger generations so passionate about politics anyway? The statistics on the effects of cuts over the past nine years have been shared, and shared and then shared again. But what was it really like growing up in a decade of austerity? With just a day to go until the next general election, I'd like to share my experience.
  • C.E. Zulin
    Published 13 days ago
    What’s in a “Snowflake?”

    What’s in a “Snowflake?”

    PC Culture — it’s one of the hottest new terms of the last decade. And depending on who you are, it likely evokes a very different reaction within you just hearing it said aloud. But what does it mean and how does it play a role in the way we organize our society?
  • Peter Rose
    Published 18 days ago
    The Pace of Change Is Going to Be a Political Issue

    The Pace of Change Is Going to Be a Political Issue

    The pace of change is going to be a political issue.
Legislation
List
  • Aly Ledene
    Published 7 months ago
    Four Uncomfortable Truths About “The Left”

    Four Uncomfortable Truths About “The Left”

    Before I get into this, I want to play my “minority card” granting me the power of immunity to personal attacks about my perceived privilege. I hope by the time you finished reading this post the following declaration will be redundant. I am a masculine looking gay woman, I grew up poor, and I am half native. I also live with a mental illness, but I mean who doesn’t these days? My point is while my stats indicate I am not a typical person of “privilege,” my education and my bank account would state otherwise. I graduated at the University of Calgary with a bachelor of social work. I basically have a degree in oppression. We were always encouraged to advocate for people in-need. While I do agree with many of the principals and philosophies of social work I've seen being a "social justice warrior" become bastardized, and hijacked by today's youth in the name of leftist politics. Here are four uncomfortable truths about "the left" that more conservative thinkers and politically centered folk find cringey and foolish.
  • Cato Conroy
    Published 10 months ago
    The 10 Best Online Courses for Mastering International Politics

    The 10 Best Online Courses for Mastering International Politics

    Recently, scientists moved the Armageddon clock closer to midnight than it's ever been. This clock, which shows us how close we are to the end of the world as we know it, has been around for decades.
  • Meghan Kotz
    Published about a year ago
    15 Essential New Year's Resolutions

    15 Essential New Year's Resolutions

    Let's be real. We're in the day and age where being "woke" is what's cool. Even if it feels good to repost something semi-controversial (in the eyes of your right-wing uncle), it's not doing a whole lot. Here are some actionable steps if you're legitimately fed up with the state of the world right now, particularly, the U.S. Already accomplished some of these? Give yourself a pat on the back and accomplish the rest.
Politicians
  • Grant Patterson
    Published 7 days ago
    William Shakespeare's Justin Trudeau

    William Shakespeare's Justin Trudeau

    It occurred to me last night that Canada’s perpetually embarrassing Prime Minster is living out the plot of a Shakespeare play.
  • Scott Santens
    Published 10 days ago
    A Visual History of the #YangMediaBlackout

    A Visual History of the #YangMediaBlackout

    Back in June of 2019, I tweeted about the latest egregious example of MSNBC excluding Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang from their ongoing coverage of the 2020 Presidential candidates. There had been previous examples, but that was the worst up to that point because they had photos of all 20 candidates who were going to be in the first debates, and instead of including Yang as one of them, they included someone who wasn't even going to be there. I then started to add each new example as a new reply, and that ongoing thread has now been covered over and over again with each new example as a source of entertaining absurdity. It's been covered by traditional media outlets like The Guardian, Vox, and The Hill. It's also been covered by new media like Ethan and Hila Klein of the H3 Podcast for their two million subscribers.
  • Bridgett Leslie
    Published 18 days ago
    Lindsey Boylan: A New Voice Challenging Tired Rhetoric

    Lindsey Boylan: A New Voice Challenging Tired Rhetoric

    “The establishment does not appreciate a serious primary candidate against a longtime incumbent.”
Politics
Pop Culture
  • Brian Anonymous
    Published 3 months ago
    Are Racial Outfits Relative to Where We're From?

    Are Racial Outfits Relative to Where We're From?

    Looking at Justin Trudeau's latest scandal. I started wondering about cultural appropriation, and how each region around the world thinks about things differently.
  • Kayla Bloom
    Published 4 months ago
    A Political Act

    A Political Act

    How do you lampoon an election that already routinely veers into absurd territory? That’s a challenge that Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, faces nightly, as he discusses an election cycle of scandals, leaks, bigotry, and fear-mongering—a cycle where even the most unprecedented happenings have become mundane. A South African television and radio host and comedian, Noah has been the host of The Daily Show since 2015. Being the child of a Xhosa mother and Swiss-German father, his childhood in Johannesburg under apartheid’s Immorality Act had a large impact on his life and future in comedy. This is explained in his autobiographical comedy book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which become a #1 New York Times Bestseller and named one of the best books of the year after being published in 2016. Noah's mixed-race ancestry, his experiences growing up in Soweto, and his observations about race and ethnicity are leading themes in his comedy. His typical humor genres include political/news satire, deadpan, and black, insult, and observational comedy. This he carried over to The Daily Show after the retirement of his predecessor and one of his comedic influences Jon Stewart, integrating political and ethnic humor.
  • Elric Pankston
    Published 4 months ago
    The Normalization of Extreme Violence

    The Normalization of Extreme Violence

    Extremism and all the other -isms that exist out there are not usually pretty things. They instigate us, embroil us, and fuel us with unhealthy emotions: for most of us, rage (at the idiocy of the fundamental ideal) and sadness mixed in with a little bit of fear (would be classified as the healthy response, by most psychologists).
Trump
  • Robert Turner
    Published about 3 hours ago
    And the Oscar Goes to... Donald Trump

    And the Oscar Goes to... Donald Trump

    “For his leading role as the President in Season 1 of the Whitehouse, the 2019 Best Male Actor and Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Donald Trump. This wasn’t a difficult decision for the panel as there really wasn’t any competition. His opposition have repeatedly failed to produce a show that is worthy of watching and poor casting has led to unbelievable character portrayals that have consistently been outperformed by the winner.
  • Judith Jascha
    Published 13 days ago
    Dear Mr. Trump

    Dear Mr. Trump

    Dear Mr. Trump,
  • Rich Monetti
    Published 14 days ago
    Trump’s Excesses Exhaust, but Those That Made Us Feel Complacent Have Proven Far Worse

    Trump’s Excesses Exhaust, but Those That Made Us Feel Complacent Have Proven Far Worse

    Donald Trump has been President for three years now, and I so want a new one. I am certainly not alone, and the multitudes can list the reasons ad infinitum. I’m with them. But I have one very selfish reason that elevates above all others. I’m exhausted and need a break.