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  Cuba Libre: The Liberalization of a Socialist Country

Introduction On November 10, 2011, one of the most significant economic reforms took place in Cuba, the long standing communist country. For the first time in 50 years, Cuban people were allowed to buy and sell property as the country …

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  Ahead of Us: A Russian Spring or a Russian Winter?

Protesting against political and economic injustices, people around the world are finding the courage to speak out against corrupt regimes and powerful multinationals. First there was the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement followed soon thereafter. Now, Russia is …

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  Free Trade Agreements: 2011

In October 2011, several new U.S. trade agreements were enacted to further integrate the global marketplace. The United States passed legislation that had been in the works for the past several years, agreeing to new trading terms with Panama, Colombia, …

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  Bono: The Power of One

On World AIDS Day 2011, television viewers could turn on CNN and watch Bono profusely thank the U.S. for their commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic.  In a New York Times editorial published that day, Bono wrote, “The United States …

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  Going for Broke, Is Italy Next?

A huge government debt, a sluggish economy, and a divided political system are three of the biggest problems facing countries around the world. With a debt of 1.2 trillion Euros, a debt-to-GDP ratio of 120 percent, a government bond rate …

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  You Are One in Seven Billion

Introduction On October 31, 2011, the UN declared that the seven billionth person in the world had been born.  This new population milestone comes just twelve years after the birth of the 6th billionth, Adnan Nevic, on October 12, 1999 in …

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  Ten Years Later: The Global Impact of the 9.11 Attacks

On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out on United States soil that would forever change the landscape of the international community. Osama bin Laden, a member of a wealthy Saudi family network, facilitated attacks …

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  Armed and Dangerous: The Mexican Drug Wars

Violent outbursts, related to drug sales and distribution, have been a regular occurrence for many years in Mexico, annually taking the lives of thousands. While a passive approach was deemed permissible throughout the 1990’s and partially into the next decade. …

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  2011: Year of the Protest

On October 15th 2011, protests based on the Occupy Wall Street movement were held in 80 countries around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have expressed their anger and indignation against corporate greed, especially the role …

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  Why Are Tar Sands so Controversial?

Recent star-studded rallies in front of the White House and the Canadian Parliament protest the building of the Keystone XL, an oil pipeline connecting Canada’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Considered a strategic element of U.S. energy policy, …

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