Macau: Hong Kong’s Sister City

By Ryan Thiele Over the last few months, there has been considerable attention given to Hong Kong, the Special Administrative Region (SAR) that was turned over from the British Empire in 1997. Hong Kong’s democratic protests are sure to grab headlines for months to come, especially since they are inspiring other movements across the globe,…

A Great Leap Backward

By Ryan Thiele The People’s Republic of China has experienced unparalleled economic growth since the reversal of Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward, surpassing even the astronomical growth of post-war Japan. Despite the country’s current political and economic strength, China is confronting a food crisis similar to that which Mao himself faced, a crisis which…

The Hijacking of Polish National Courts

By: Ryan Thiele Since the Law and Justice (PiS) party took the reigns of the Polish government in 2015, the party has been on a crusade to remove “communist influence” from the country by taking over the courts. Led by President Andrzej Duda and Party Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the party has used its majority to…