TopDrone: Highway to the Mitigated Danger Zone

By: Adrian Douglas Arcoleo In September, a government official revealed that an MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) conducted its first air-to-air kill. The event took place in a controlled simulation against another small, unmanned aerial vehicle using an infrared, or heat-seeking, short-range missile, most likely an AIM-9 Sidewinder. Col. Julian Cheater, commander of the…

American Response Weakens as Venezuelan Migrant Crisis Worsens

By: Eva Branson Every day, 5,000 Venezuelans flee their homes. Since 2014, the total number of Venezuelan citizens-turned-refugees has escalated to a staggering 2.3 million, or about 7% of Venezuela’s total population. These individuals are fleeing widespread hunger, excruciating economic deprivation, and mounting authoritarian repression. To date, the international community has contributed millions of dollars in…

President Trump, Please Stop The Caravan

By: William Keenan On October 12th, 2018, a migrant caravan organized in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, began its journey, with the end goal of migrating to the United States. While on their trek, the caravan has grown exponentially, with new members coming from Guatemala, El Salvador, and other Central American countries. According to multiple reports, what…

The New NAFTA

By: Rachel Watson The United States, Canada, and Mexico came to an agreement on September 30 to establish the new modifications of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was a day before the deadline set under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The new agreement updates and modernizes NAFTA and is now referred to as…

Sexual Assault Worldwide: From the Catholic Church to the US Supreme Court

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello Sexual assault is an issue that prevails throughout society, specifically when those in power exert it over their victims. Reports of sexual assault and misconduct are not new to the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, there treatment of victims and survivors is horrifying. Pope Francis stated on Saturday September 29 that he wants people…

Venezuela Drone Assassination Attempt

By: Adrian Douglas Arcoleo Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claims to have survived an assassination attempt by two explosive unmanned aerial systems. The alleged attempt occurred during a speech at a military event where government officials claimed two drones armed with explosives detonating in the air. Video of the speech shows the president and his wife…

Battle of the Biofuels: Big Corn vs Big Oil

By: Kelli Liegel Big Oil and Big Corn cannot seem to compromise on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the subsequent export-subsidies on RINs (Renewable Identification Number) that the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed. The corn industry claims that Mr. Pruitt’s adverse export-subsidy proposals will drive corn prices down and crush farmers…

Paper or Plastic?

By: Matthew Quraishi-Landes On April 20, 2018, two days before Earth Day, countries convened in New York to explore possible solutions to this year’s Earth Day theme: “Kicking the Plastic Bag Addiction: A Plan for Response to Plastic Pollution”. Among nations present were France, Mexico, Rwanda, Morocco, and other European Union nations who presented possible strategies…

RUN DFC: The BUILD Act

By: Kelli Liegel In today’s highly-polarized political climate, it is rare to see overwhelming bipartisan support regarding policy issues. Defying this norm, on February 27th, Ted Yoho (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill to Congress that they believe everyone can get behind. The BUILD Act, which…

Peak Oil Demand: Political and Economic Consequences

By: Ryan McGuine and Sam Alhadeff In 1956, Shell geologist M. King Hubbert predicted that American oil production would peak in 1970 and decline from then on and that worldwide production would do the same sometime around 2000. This narrative, known as “peak oil supply,” predicted that as humans use increasing amounts of oil, existing…