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Death on the New York Subway

November 17, 2014 Early Sunday morning in The Bronx, 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok and his wife entered the 167 St. subway station in order to head to Manhattan's Chinatown for breakfast. They never made it. An unknown assailant shoved the couple in front of an oncoming southbound D train. Kwok was killed. His ...

Has China Finally Reached Great Power Status?

November 12, 2014 For several years, China's role in international politics has been that of an overgrown teenager: large and powerful, but clumsy and developing. And no issue exemplified this role more than in the environment. No country in the world emits more carbon dioxide than China, which surpassed the United States in ...

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New York City's Incomplete Marijuana Reform

November 11, 2014 Has the marijuana liberalization sweeping the United States finally arrived in its largest city? The New York Times reported Sunday that the NYPD will stop arresting people for possessing small amounts of marijuana and will issue a ticket and summons to court instead. New York City's evolution on marijuana enforcement ...

Destroying ISIS Goes Beyond Killing Its Leadership

November 10, 2014 The United States-led campaign against the Islamic State has yielded little tangible success so far. But things may suddenly have changed. The Telegraph reported Sunday that a Coalition bombing attack has killed a close aide to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, near Mosul, Iraq. In addition, a member ...

The Taliban Is Trying To Flame India-Pakistan Tensions

November 3, 2014 Every day before sunset, soldiers from India and Pakistan face stand on opposite sides of the Wagah border crossing and perform an elaborate flag ceremony. The event, which has occurred daily since 1959, attracts a wide audience and is popular with international tourists. At its conclusion, each side folds their ...

Ukrainians Vote To Face West

October 26, 2014 Pro-Western parties have emerged as the big winners in Ukraine's parliamentary elections. According to exit polling, the Poroshenko Bloc—controlled by President Petro Poroshenko—earned 23 percent of the vote, while a party aligned with Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk secured 21.3 percent. Both parties favor policies designed to bring Ukraine closer to ...

Why Nigeria Is Able To Beat Ebola, But Not Boko Haram

October 14, 2014 For Nigeria’s embattled government, October 20 is a date worth circling on the calendar: That day will mark 42 days since Nigeria’s last confirmed Ebola case, which, at twice the 21-day incubation period, will allow the country to declare itself free of a disease that has ravaged its West African ...

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What Exactly Does It Mean That the U.S. Is Pivoting to Asia?

April 15, 2013 More than ten weeks after his confirmation as the new United States Secretary of State, John Kerry finally went to Asia. The former Massachusetts senator stopped in South Korea, Japan, and China over the busy weekend, the first time an American Secretary of State visited all three nations in the ...

China, its Hackers, and the American Media

February 21, 2013 The New York Times' revelation that Unit 61398 of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) systematically hacked into U.S. computer networks has emerged as the latest salvo in the increasingly contentious Sino-American rivalry. While the story presented fresh evidence of Chinese hacking -- in stunning detail -- the aftermath presents more ...