Author: Tad Koenigsbauer

It’s Been Twenty Years Since 9/11 – What’s Changed?

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, the United States was forever changed. Four commercial airliners were hijacked by terrorists affiliated with Al Qaeda. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, another into the Pentagon, and the final one into a

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Climate Change Could Cause New Wars

On August 7, 2021, the United Nations published its now infamous report on the state of the climate crisis. The report states plainly and grimly: humans have been making dramatic changes to the earth’s climate such that temperatures are unlikely to stop rising for the next thirty years. Following the

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Afghanistan Crisis Sparks Fear In Europe Of New Refugee Exodus

In the midst of America’s withdrawal, the Taliban have regained power in Afghanistan and sent the country into chaos. While the United States is focused on getting its own people out, a broader humanitarian crisis is brewing. The Taliban’s brutal policies and takeover of the region are creating mass panic

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Ex-Khmer Rouge Leader Seeks To Overturn Genocide Conviction

On August 16th, Khieu Samphan, former president of the Khmer Rouge, entered an appeal to reverse his conviction of genocide and crimes against humanity in Cambodia. Samphan’s defense team argued that when he was convicted, Samphan was not provided enough time to prepare a defense, and thus his crimes should

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What Saudi Arabia and the United States Have Done to Yemen

Yemen is consumed by one of the most devastating civil wars of the modern world. The fighting rages between Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthis, and a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia. Roughly one hundred thirty thousand people have died; an estimated twelve thousand of

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U.S. To Start New Program For Afghan Refugees

On August 2nd, 2021, the U.S. State Department announced the expansion of a new refugee program for Afghanistan called Priority 2, within the existing U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). This announcement comes as the U.S. prepares to withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan at the end of August. The U.S.

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Why Are Japan And Russia Still At War?

It may be hard to believe, but Japan and Russia are technically at war. While no shots have been fired, the two nations have argued for decades over territorial claims to the Kuril Islands. The Kurils are a string of over 50 small volcanic islands situated off Japan’s northern coast

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What Will Happen When The U.S. Leaves Afghanistan?

On April 13, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the United States would end its military presence in Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. The American troop withdrawal date recently moved up to August 31, and the U.S. has begun to clear out its personnel. The U.S. has been at war

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What Will Happen When The U.S. Leaves Afghanistan?

On 13 April 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the United States would end its military presence in Afghanistan by 11 September 2021. This decision is following the nearly twenty years the U.S. has been at war against the Islamic fundamentalist group, the Taliban. With the extended length of

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China Courts The EU To Grow Economic Ties And Deflect Criticism On Human Rights

On July 5th, 2021, Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted a video call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. The leaders discussed the opportunity of strengthening the relationship between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. Topics included partnerships related to the global COVID-19 vaccination

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Israeli Far Right March Through Jerusalem

On 15th June, 2021, Israeli ultranationalists held a celebration at the Damascus Gate, the entrance to East Jerusalem. The rally, known as the March of the Flags, is a celebration of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem at the end of the Six Day War in 1967. The march featured inflammatory

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