Australia: The Land of Tumbleweeds and Surface to Air Missiles

If you thought Australia was just filled with Steve Irwin look-a-likes, Fosters, and the rugged outback you’re mistaken. Well, for the most part. Australia has modernized and become a huge global economy, 12th in the world based on GDP. But as I said, Australia is still a relatively wild place. In the past weeks there … Continue reading Australia: The Land of Tumbleweeds and Surface to Air Missiles

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Scotland: Not Your Ordinary Secessionists

Separatist and nationalist movements are gaining steam across Europe these days, and Scotland is listed among those nations seeking secession. Despite voting down secession in 2014, the Scottish National Party (currently headed by Nicola Sturgeon, the first woman to lead the SNP) won 50 seats in the 2015 parliamentary elections, leaving one Scottish parliamentary seat to … Continue reading Scotland: Not Your Ordinary Secessionists

A Primer on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Timeline of land transfers between Israel and Palestine The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is characterized by its deeply rooted polarizing nature. The themes of nations, homelands, and ownership are all enveloped in the conflict. The background of the conflict resides in the United Nations Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel on the 14th of … Continue reading A Primer on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Taiwan’s New Liberal Regime: But Don’t Worry, A Cross-Strait War Will Not Happen

Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-Wen On January 19, 2016, Taiwan, one of East Asia’s strongest democracies, made history by electing its first female president in its sixth-ever presidential election. Tsai Ing-wen (pinyin: Cai Ying-Wen; 蔡英文), 59, is the president-elect of the Republic of China (ROC), is the chairwoman of the Democratic Progress Party (DPP), a traditionally … Continue reading Taiwan’s New Liberal Regime: But Don’t Worry, A Cross-Strait War Will Not Happen