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Ukraine, Russia, and World Order

Ukraine, Russia, and World Order

Ambassador William B. Taylor,  the executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace, spoke on the current status of the Russian-Ukraine conflict and its implications on the broader political relations among the major powers.

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Should English Become the United States’ Official Language?

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, as of now, the United States does not have an official language. There are several advantages and disadvantages of making English the official language of the US.   On one hand, making English the official language could help to unite the American population. The law...

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The Bumpy Road To Rio

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 many people to shift from asking the classic question of whether or not the athletes are ready for Rio, and now ask if Rio is ready for them.   The main concerns surrounding Rio include security, Zika, and lack of money:   Security: Every 4...

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“Equal Play, Equal Pay”

“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.   Ever since their record-setting World Cup victory, the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) has been fighting for US Soccer to acquire the same playing conditions, travel arrangements, and financial compensation as the US Men’s National Team (USMNT).   The effort stretches beyond just the field....

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

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 on the country.   Human rights groups argue that keeping Vietnam’s arms embargo allows the United States to send a message to the country about protecting civil liberties.  The Communist Party of Vietnam maintains a political monopoly over the government and is known to restrict basic freedoms...

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