Author: Christopher Eckert

The Danger Of The D.O.D’s Civilian Casualty Count

On May 6th, the Department of Defense (D.O.D) released its annual report on “Civilian Casualties in Connection With U.S. Military Operations.”  Within this report, the D.O.D  suggested that civilian deaths caused by U.S. military operations occurred only in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia. The D.O.D also claimed that there were

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The Failed Afghan Peace Deal

The Current Deal The current Afghan peace deal is falling apart at the seams. On February 29th, the United States and the Taliban came to an agreement which included the U.S. and NATO withdrawing all their forces from Afghanistan. The deal also included provisions barring the Taliban from allowing any

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The COVID-19 Crisis And Juvenile Facilities

The Sporadic Riots Riots have been popping up in juvenile detention facilities all across the United States. These riots are manifestations of the resentment and anxiety that policies responding to COVID-19 have generated. The first riot took place on April 15th, in the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn. Reports vary,

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The Coming COVID Civil War

Setting the Stage Many political commentators have taken to calling the anti-quarantine protests the start of a new civil war in the United States. So, does the analogy hold water? Yes, it does. The United States is at risk of a new civil conflict fought with germs instead of guns.

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Much Ado About Korea

The Situation So Far What is going on with Kim Jong-Un? That’s the question on the mind of every world leader and political analyst across the globe. And it’s a good question to be asking. When the head of a rogue nuclear state goes missing, it should raise the alarm

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Lebanon In Crisis: Economics, Politics, And Violence

Fires raged as the sun rose over Lebanon. As the nation’s currency spirals downwards, protestors targeted Lebanese banks with Molotov’s, gasoline, and petrol bombs. According to Al Jazeera, on the night of 28 April 2020, at least a dozen major banks were set ablaze. These protests are the manifestations of widespread

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The Dangers Of Coronavirus Profiteering

SARS-CoV-2, or the coronavirus, has been spreading rapidly across the globe in recent weeks. It has dominated media coverage since it appeared right after the new year. On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities were treating dozens of pneumonia cases with unknown causes. On January 11th, China reported its first death

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Coronavirus And The Changing Face Of Hong Kong Protests

Protests have been raging across Hong Kong for nearly a year. While the protests started in February as a response to the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, which would allow the extradition of criminals to countries like China, the central goals of

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Protesting Policing In NYC

On Friday, January 31, 2020, hundreds, if not thousands of protestors organized by Antifa and Decolonize this Place poured into Grand Central Station, demonstrating against new public transportation reforms. These reforms include increases in police presence in the subway and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fares. Demonstrators demanded complete removal

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The Rising Threat Of Protest Fatigue

As evidenced by the growing number of protests, riots, and outright revolutions, we live in a tumultuous time. The New York Times reports that since World War II, mass protests have become more common year after year. The current frequency of protests is unprecedented. The point of this article is

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Lebanon’s Problems Need An International Solution

Violence between anti-government protestors and Lebanon’s riot police has erupted across the country this past week. The cause of protests is rooted in an issue being covered broadly in the news elsewhere: wildfires. The government of Lebanon implemented reforms to tax WhatsApp users in order to fund disaster relief for

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Puerto Rican Earthquakes: A Needed Impetus For Statehood?

Over the past week, a series of massive earthquakes have ravaged Puerto Rico and its neighboring countries. On January 6th, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast. A day later, the most massive earthquake in Puerto Rican history hit, clocking in with a magnitude of 6.4. On January

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Australian Wildfires: An Omen Of Catastrophic Climate Change

Australia is facing an unprecedented national crisis. Wildfires are raging across the country, specifically concentrated in New South Wales and Victoria. First responders are risking their lives, the government deployed thousands of military reservists, and firefighters are relying heavily on civilian volunteers, but nothing seems sufficient to control the flames.

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Presidential Authority In Immigration Law: Section 212(f)

The Supreme Court ruled in September of this year on the “Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States,” which has been labeled the “asylum proclamation” by several news outlets. The proclamation, which is the centerpiece of a new court case, banned asylum seekers from

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Propaganda And Protests In Belarus

The past few weeks have seen hundreds protesting in the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Protestors have been organizing in response to news reports that a series of meetings between the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, would result in the presidents signing documents that

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Division Over The Right To Citizenship In India

Since 10 December 2019, protests have rocked Northeastern India, specifically in Guwahati, the largest city in the state of Assam. On Tuesday, a bill called the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB, passed the lower house of the Indian Parliament, sparking an immediate, massive backlash. Hundreds of protestors poured out of

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American Samoa And Measles: An Emergency Closer To Home

Three weeks ago, I wrote an article calling for the United States to send aid in the form of vaccines and experts to Samoa because they recently had an outbreak of measles and declared a national emergency. The article also spoke about the necessity of sending both vaccines and experts,

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The Failed Promises Of The Georgian Dream Party

A former Soviet republic turned democratic icon, Georgia, now sits on the precipice of a national crisis. Protests have rocked the capital over the past two weeks, following news that electoral reform failed in the Parliament, falling only 12 votes short of the necessary three-fourths majority. The reform, which was

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Colombia Protests: The End Of ESMAD?

A wave of protests has recently been sweeping through Latin America, from demonstrations in Chile over metro-fares, to public outcry over allegations of vote-tampering forcing Bolivia’s President Evo Morales to resign. Over the past week, that wave finally crashed over Colombia, with protests organized by students reaching over 200,000 people

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