No SWIFT way around a Security Dilemma

Mounting pressure against the Kremlin continues as the European Union agrees to block more than two-thirds of Russia’s oil imports. This action, compounded with the EU’s decision to cut Russia’s largest bank from the global SWIFT economic system, brings heavy consequences to Putin as his forces move through the Donbass. But is it too late?Continue reading “No SWIFT way around a Security Dilemma”

No More Happy Meals for Russia

McDonalds has announced that it will be closing all of its locations within Russia following President Vladamir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. McDonalds had previously closed 800 restaurants in the country since the war broke out last March, but are now going through with a complete shutdown of their operations in Russia, which will cost theContinue reading “No More Happy Meals for Russia”

US Attitudes Towards Afghan and Ukrainian Refugees

Though Afghan and Ukrainian refugees may find themselves fleeing to the same country, their experiences are starkly different. The treatment of these two groups by the United States (U.S.) do not reflect an even policy nor cultural attitude towards those seeking asylum from hostile governments or a devastating invasion, but rather show a naked biasContinue reading “US Attitudes Towards Afghan and Ukrainian Refugees”

The US Graciously Opens Arms For Ukrainian Refugees… But Not For African Refugees

Refugee and immigration advocates cheered the Biden administration’s decision to extend temporary protected status to Ukrainians in the United States, offering them safe harbor from the devastation of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. But that designation has brought about difficult new questions for the administration on its handling of asylum-seekers from other war-torn countries—primarily Cameroon.Continue reading “The US Graciously Opens Arms For Ukrainian Refugees… But Not For African Refugees”

Update on the Russo-Ukrainian War

Ever since the Russians began their unsuccessful invasion of Ukraine, they have lost tens of thousands of soldiers and have not been able to capture Kyiv. Therefore on March 29, diplomats from both the Russian and Ukrainian sides agreed to meet in Turkey for peace talks. In what was seen as a rather productive meetingContinue reading “Update on the Russo-Ukrainian War”

AI, Fake News, and War

Over the past several weeks, people across the world have flocked to media and news outlets for information on the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok have become primary news sources for millions of users. However, the algorithmic nature of social media raises a journalistic dilemma. Specifically, obtainingContinue reading “AI, Fake News, and War”

New Government Funding Bill Passes in the House

The House of Representatives just passed a massive spending bill that will fund the federal government for the coming months while also sending billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine. There had been weeks of debate regarding what should be included in the bill and eventually $15.6 billion dollars of COVID-19 relief for individuals andContinue reading “New Government Funding Bill Passes in the House”

Why Russia Will Fail in the Russo-Ukrainian War

Ever since Russian forces decided to invade the sovereign independent country of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, they have seen economic and military retaliation in a way the Kremlin would’ve never predicted. The Russian Federation has been well underprepared in numerous categories which is why they still haven’t been able to conquer Ukraine’s major cities.Continue reading “Why Russia Will Fail in the Russo-Ukrainian War”

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Impact Space Stations

With NASA’s goal of extending the International Space Station through to 2030, the Ukraine-Russia conflict could significantly halt plans. Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos said on March 1st that it had authority to operate for only two more years and “the issue of extending the agreement in the current conditions causes our skepticism.” Stopping the partnershipContinue reading “Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Impact Space Stations”

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