Feature: Being Muslim from the eyes of the world within America

Zehra Çayıroğlu What is it like to be Muslim in America? I’m not exactly sure where to start with answering this question, but I believe it’s best to start by answering what it’s like to be a Muslim in a country where Islam is the dominant religion, my homeland: Turkey.

Updated: Kim Jong-un’s New Entourage (Reprint)

Andy Lim discusses Kim Jong-un’s circle of confidants.

How the Ukraine Crisis Has Affected Arguments For and Against Exporting American Natural Gas

Richard Guerra explores US natural gas export procedure in relation to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Sochi Olympics Affected by Russia’s Gay-Discriminating Laws

Photo Credit: Associated Press[1] By: Yang Liu On December 20, the White House announced that the United States’ delegation to the Sochi Winter Olympics will not include any family member of President Obama’s family or active Cabinet secretary. This makes the Sochi Olympics the first Olympics since 2000 to which the U.S. is not sending […]

China-Japan Relationship Faces New Challenges After December 26

Photo Credit: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP[1] By: Yang Liu On December 26, the Chinese president Xi Jinping attended the ceremony to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth. While on the same day, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war dead and enshrines the spirits of 14 Class-A war criminals. Such […]

AFSPA and Kashmir: Boon or Bane?

Shriya Chadha discusses how India’s AFSPA Act has affected the region of Kashmir.

The USA FREEDOM Act: Proposed Reform and the Absolute Importance of the Act’s Proposed Office of Special Advocate

Photo Credit: Boundless Informant[1] (Map indicating the amount of data the NSA collects worldwide.  Red indicates that a country is most subject to surveillance while green indicates that a country is least subject to surveillance.  The USA FREEDOM Act responds to the practice of collecting the private data of Americans.) By James N. Hendershot As […]

Going Global: English Proficiency and Business Competitiveness in Japan

Marina Kurokawa discusses arguments for and against better English proficiency in Japan.

China Eases Its One-Child Policy

Photo Credit: Ng Han Guan / Associated Press[1] By: Yang Liu According to China’s Communist Party’s Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee, China is going to loosen the present one-child policy, which has been cited as a violation of human rights. The one-child policy sometimes results in forced abortions and hefty fines that […]

To Thai Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck: Foreign Policies Are Not Panaceas

Photo Credit: The Royal Thai Government[1] By: Yang Liu Since being elected Prime Minister of Thailand, Ms. Yingluck has been the center of “Yingluck fever” which has spread beyond Thailand to other countries. Her beautiful, casual but groomed image not only earned her a considerable number of Yingluck fans, but is also widely considered to […]

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