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U.S. Dissolution of INF Treaty

In 1987, the United States and Russia entered into a treaty to end the Cold War, a treaty which started the process of nuclear disarmament for both countries. Now, U.S. leaders are considering backing out of the treaty in the light of Russia’s continued disregard for its terms and conditions. (Photo Credits: left, from NPR; right, from DefenseNews.)

Emily Stocksdale, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019

On Friday, Feb. 1, President Donald Trump issued a statement announcing that the U.S. was officially withdrawing from a long-time treaty with Russia, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.  Signed in December 1987 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the treaty p...

Former Portuguese P.M. Antonio Guterres to be U.N. Secretary General

Many advocacy groups looked to see a woman in the United Nations’ highest office, and there was no shortage of female contenders – seven of the 13 candidates were women – but in the end, Guterres won out. Women make up an increasing portion of the U.N. staff; 34.8 percent of the secretariat staff are women. Photo from

Jack Scott, Staff Writer

October 25, 2016

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council met in New York City and agreed that former Portuguese Prime Minister and former head of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, should succeed Ban-Ki-moon as the U.N. Secretary General. The choice was reaffirmed b...

Butterfly Effect

Sometimes, the smallest things can make all the difference. The butterfly effect is named for the metaphorical example stating that a butterfly flapping its wings could cause a hurricane someplace far away.

Jack Scott, Staff Writer

November 30, 2015

Suppose that a student drops a pen on the ground while in class. His teacher, a person who obsesses over cleanliness, berates him. She tells him how careless his pen-dropping habits are. The kid is nearly driven to tears, and he leaves class in a foul mood. He spends the rest of the day this way, sparking...

Ukraine Calls for 100,000 Men

Ben Bramblett, Staff Writer

February 9, 2015

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine are asking to gain 100,000 men in support of their rebellion against Russia. Leader Alexander Zakharchenko called upon the Ukrainian Military, after about seven mortar fire battles from 31 January 2015, to 1 February 2015, to give him soldiers for his efforts against the Russian military. Zakharchenko said in an interview with BBC...

Friday Links: Update on Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin states his approval of the draft proposal on Crimea’s secession from Ukraine in a speech.

Lacy Hamilton, Editorials Editor

March 21, 2014

Crimea, a city in Ukraine, has found itself in the middle of United States and Russian political tension. Crimea joined Ukraine 1954, which was not a problem until 1991 when the Soviet Union split, leaving Crimea in independent Ukraine. The problem is 60% of Crimea’s population of two million identi...

Friday Links: Crisis in Ukraine

NATO calls for Russia to withdraw from Ukraine and to respect its sovereignty.

Sam Dobrotka, Staff Writer

March 3, 2014

On February 22, President Yanukovych of Ukraine was ousted from power by angry demonstrators. Protests among the pro-Russia east were common, none more so than in Crimea, an autonomous region in eastern Ukraine, where there is an ethnic Russian majority. Over the past weekend, unmarked soldiers suspected to be Russian and pro-Russian defense forces surrounded Ukrainian military bases thr...

Opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The U.S is fielding a wide variety of athletes to the 2014 Winter Games

Sam Dobrotka, Staff Writer

February 7, 2014

The opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics began at 11:00 am Eastern Time today in Sochi, Russia; however, NBC will not be airing it on television until 7:30 pm tonight. The ceremony that will kick off the most expensive Olympic Games in history will mainly feature Russian classical music composers ...

Terrorism Threats in Sochi

The United States has offered intelligence support to Russia in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

Sam Dobrotka, Staff Writer

January 27, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics are to be held in Sochi, a Russian city near the volatile Caucus region. On December 29 and 30, there were two suicide bombings in Volgograd, a Russian city 400 miles northeast of Sochi, killing over 40 people. These attacks raised fears of a terrorist attack on the Olympic Games themselves, as Islamic te...

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