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Aug 16

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Should English Become the United States’ Official Language?

The question of whether or not English should become the official language of the United States has been debated by Congress for many years. While the debate dates back as far as the 1750s, members of Congress are still attempting to pass bills regarding this today. Unlike the majority of the countries in the world, […]

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Aug 16

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The Bumpy Road To Rio

In a few days, over half a million people will descend on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. As the Summer Games get closer, however, there has been concern over a variety of issues that may stand in the way.   Rio de Janeiro has experienced a number of setbacks that have caused […]

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Aug 16

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“Equal Play, Equal Pay”

In July 2015, the US Women’s Soccer Team made history when they defeated Japan and won a third World Cup title in front of 53,300 spectators in Vancouver, Canada. This game, which was seen on TV by more than 25 million viewers, became the most-watched soccer match in United States television history—men’s or women’s.   ...

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Jul 16

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Why Lifting Vietnam’s Arms Embargo is a Smart Choice for the United States

On May 23 2016, President Barack Obama kicked off a weeklong visit to Asia by visiting Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. While there, he negotiated a commercial deal between Vietnam and aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Pratt & Whitney that is worth $16 billion. Obama also made the historic decision to lift a long-standing arms embargo ...

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During the Bosnian war, UN peacekeeping forces were present throughout the former Yugoslavia in cities such as Sarajevo. During the siege of Sarajevo alone, nearly 14,000 people lost their lives.

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Jul 16

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Should UN Peacekeepers be Able to Engage in Offensive Operations?

The practice of United Nations peacekeeping began in 1948 when the Security Council deployed observers to the Middle East to monitor the 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbors.  Since then, UN peacekeepers have been deployed in around 70 different operations.  The peacekeeping practice has historically ...

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Jul 16

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The Asian Glass Ceiling: America’s Diplomatic Dilemma

For the past decade, United States foreign policy has been characterized by its relationship with the Middle East. That relationship’s roots began in 1919, when Woodrow Wilson made the United States a key player by using his League of Nations to establish the now defunct Ottoman Empire’s colonial boundaries. Franklin D. ...

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Jul 16

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Role of Women in Japan

Japanese culture has historically emphasized gender roles. Expectations for men and women have traditionally aligned with societal obligations in the private and public sector. Women dominated the household but outside of the home, their families dictated their behavior. Although ancient philosophies like Confucianism and feudalism ...

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Jul 16

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Brexit: The Pros and Cons

On June 24, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom made a decision that reshaped their country’s place in the world.  In a stunning vote of 52 percent to 48 percent, they voted to leave the European Union. Around the globe, people reacted with shock as news of this historic decision, known as ‘Brexit’, filled […]

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Jun 16

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English Vs. Mandarin Chinese: The Fight for the Global Reign

As the world evolves and cultures blend, the concept of identity often becomes blurred. Slowly, English has grown more popular and come to be understood as the common tongue of the world. However, the fate of thousands of other languages is at risk of being overshadowed by English’s rapid spread and influence. Formerly regarded as ...

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