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Southern Sudan wins independence

By John-Henry Mcbreen | Published: April 2011
On July 9, 2011, a new country will join the international community. On that date, South Sudan will secede from Sudan, formerly Africa’s largest nation. According to the January 30 referendum in which 99 percent of the South Sudanese population voted for independence.

A Silver Lining for the Land of the Rising Sun

By Dylan Royce | Published: April 2011
As radiation and body counts continue to rise, one could be forgiven for predicting a gloomy future for Japan’s economy.

Civil war, foreign intervention in Libya

By Tori Yee | Published: April 2011
On September 1, 1969, Muammar Gaddafi and a cabal of young Libyan Army officers carried out a bloodless coup d’etat that overthrew the monarchy. Gaddafi quickly became the most powerful actor in the new government, and has ruled the country for the 42 years since.

Rethinking American Policy in the Middle East

By Dylan Royce | Published: March 2011
In October 2010, the US announced two billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan. This is only the latest in a long series of aid packages to the country, both military and humanitarian. America pours a huge amount of money not only into Pakistan, but into the entire Middle East. Discounting the enormous sums spent on combat and development in Iraq and Afghanistan (and lost to corruption there), the government spends ...
On Friday, March 11, an earthquake reportedly measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit Japan, triggering a massive tsunami.  Early that morning, 300 were predicted dead, but by the afternoon, the death count had risen into the thousands, and the magnitude of the earthquake was raised to 9.0.  A 0.1 increase on the Richter scale is actually an increase of about 30 percent because the scale is logarithmic.

Student recounts February trip to Peru

By Sammie Levin | Published: March 2011
Along with 14 other South upperclassmen and Spanish teachers Viviana Planine and Marla Weiner,  I recently spent two and one-half weeks in Peru—or as some fondly call it, “Peraah”—on a language and community service trip. From February 16 through March 4, we toured the country, lived with Peruvian families, took Spanish classes, worked in local orphanages, suffered excruciating stomach pains, and (most importantly) dined on fine cuisine. It was an eye-opening ...

Italian PM Berlusconi in another legal battle

By Peter Natov | Published: March 2011
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has found himself in yet another legal battle. This time, Berlusconi faces an indictment for paying for sex with the underage Moroccan nightclub belly dancer Karima el Mahroug, also known as Ruby Rubacuori, or “Ruby the Heart-Stealer.” Reports of a sexual liaison between Berlusconi and Mahroug arose after she was arrested in May 2010 for theft. Berlusconi called the head of the Milan police department and pressed ...

Protests, bloodshed, and hope in the Middle East

By Lizzie Odvarka | Published: March 2011
On December 17, 2010, a Tunisian street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a government building to protest police corruption. He almost certainly had no idea what kind of effect his single act would have. The next day, unrest broke out in his country, with protesters demanding an end to corruption, one-party rule, and poor living and economic conditions.  The unrest crossed into neighboring Algeria ten ...

Wikileaks: Heroism

By Ben Tolkin | Published: December 2010
WikiLeaks has made international headlines again, with its most recent release of hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables. Cyber attacks have taken down most WikiLeaks websites. Counter attacks by internet protestors are taking down Amazon and Mastercard. WikiLeaks's Bond villain-esque editor, Julian Assange, was recently arrested in Britain for sex crimes. Anarchists are cackling in the street as the established global order is torn apart. Well, not that last one. But ...

Wikileaks: Treason

By Connie Gong | Published: December 2010
Wikileaks has made front page news once again for its recent release of thousands of pages of confidential diplomatic cables. This comes only months after the October 2010 release of over 400,000 documents regarding the Iraq War and the July 2010 release of 92,000 documents related to the War in Afghanistan. The site's stated goal is to ensure that whistleblowers and journalists are not jailed for releasing sensitive documents, an excuse ...

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