Doubts Linger Over Catalonia Referendum

Doubts Linger Over Catalonia Referendum

When Barcelona and Real Madrid spar on the football field, more is symbolically at stake than the match. Catalonia, the region in which Barcelona lies, is among the most fiercely independent in Spain. Catalonia was one of the original provinces of modern Spain – part of Aragon when a fifteenth-century marriage brought Aragon and Castile […]

Is Trump Discovering Triangulation?

Is Trump Discovering Triangulation?

At the outset of his presidency, Bill Clinton was in trouble. The economy was not yet booming, the deficit was getting out of control, and the healthcare plan his wife roled out went down in flames. His approval rating dropped below 40%. Frustrated at the situation, Clinton summoned one of his long-time strategists – Dick […]

Kagame Unsurprisingly Reelected in Rwanda

Kagame Unsurprisingly Reelected in Rwanda

Paul Kagame was re-elected on Friday with 98% of the vote as president of Rwanda. There was no suspense in who won and no credible challengers to the presidency. Kagame’s long reign in Rwanda has been marked by greater stability and strong economic growth at the expense of civil liberties within the country. But, there is no […]

Senate Health Bill Shelved After More Senators Oppose

Senate Health Bill Shelved After More Senators Oppose

After two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the Senate health care proposal – bringing the total to four – GOP leadership appears to have abandoned the legislation. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah added to the ranks of the opposition on Monday, joining Maine’s Susan Collins and Rand Paul of […]

Man Attacks Officer in Paris Before Being Shot

Man Attacks Officer in Paris Before Being Shot

In another apparent incident of terrorism on Tuesday, French police shot a man outside Notre Dame Cathedral after he tried to attack a police officer with a hammer. The man was later found to also have various kitchen knives on him. He is injured, but currently still alive. The man was heard shouting “This is […]

Why is the U.K. a Target?

Why is the U.K. a Target?

Terrorists seem to target nearly every Western democracy in random waves. The United States has long been a target, even before the world-changing attacks on September 11, 2001. France lost 86 people in Nice last year when a truck rammed through a crowd and 130 the previous fall in attacks in Paris. The most consequential attack […]

Ex-President Testifies in Brazilian Corruption Probe

Ex-President Testifies in Brazilian Corruption Probe

Lula da Silva (commonly just called “Lula” by Brazilians), one of Brazil’s most popular leaders ever while he was President, was deposed by Judge Sergio Moro as part of a broad probe of political corruption in Brazil. The probe has already claimed da Silva’s successor Dilma Rousseff, who was removed from office last year. At […]

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat ALS

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat ALS

When the ice bucket challenge, being filmed with ice water poured over your head in sympathy with victims, went viral in 2014, world awareness of ALS dramatically increased as well as research funds to fight the illness. Now, the FDA has approved a new drug made by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America to treat the illness. […]

FBI Director James Comey Testifies No Information Indicating Trump Tower was Wiretapped

FBI Director James Comey Testifies No Information Indicating Trump Tower was Wiretapped

In a rebuke of claims made by the Trump administration, United States Federal Bureau of Enforcement (FBI) Director James Comey testified before Congress that no information has surfaced to substantiate President Trump’s claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in the time leading up to last year’s Presidential election. Trump originally made the claims against […]