War and Conflict

October 11, 2017

Did Catalonia declare independence? Yes, no, maybe so.

Catalan President Carles Puidgemont and his party signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday, which says, “We call on all states and international organizations to recognize the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state.” The region then suspended its implementation to allow for negotiations with the central government in Madrid. Puidgemont addressed the regional […]

October 4, 2017

How subtle spin can make US-Cuban relations seem more dramatic

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from Washington, ordering them to leave within seven days. U.S. State Department officials said it was a reciprocal measure that ensures “equitable staffing levels” at each country’s embassy after the U.S. withdrew embassy staff from Cuba last week. Last Friday, the U.S. reduced its embassy […]

October 3, 2017

Responses to Las Vegas: The effects of media bias on critical thinking

On Monday at the daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke about Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed and over 500 injured by a single shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. Sanders said there was an ongoing investigation and that Paddock’s motive had not been determined. She said […]

September 26, 2017

Same FBI crime stats, two opposing stories.

On Monday, the FBI released its annual report, titled “Crime in the United States,” which showed a 3.4 percent increase in the national violent crime rate and a 2.0 percent decrease in the national property crime rate in 2016 compared to the previous year. The report is a “statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police […]

September 25, 2017

The importance of honor: Trump, sports and the media

President Donald Trump suggested at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday that NFL players who “disrespect” the American flag should be fired, and on Saturday he tweeted that players “should stand for the National Anthem.” Also on Saturday, he said on Twitter that Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors was not invited […]

September 23, 2017

Understanding Myanmar and the Rohingya

The recent news from Myanmar has been tragic. More than 1,000 people have reportedly died and over 420,000 people, 240,000 of them estimated to be children, have left their homes in Rakhine state since late August. This did not happen in a vacuum; the events of the past decades, even centuries, have brought Myanmar to […]