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The Crypto Conundrum and the Need for a U.S. Central Bank Digital Currency

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, an anonymous entity under the alias “Satoshi Nakomoto” authored and developed a cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin. Bitcoin became the first decentralized digital currency – free from government regulation, and manipulation. Since the creation of Bitcoin over a decade ago, a staggering 10,000 different cryptocurrencies have been created over...
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The Texas Abortion Ban and its Far-Reaching Implications

On September 1st, the Texas law prohibiting most abortions after six weeks went into effect following the Supreme Court’s second consecutive refusal to block it. Despite Chief Justice Roberts’ dissenting opinion, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority allowed for a 5 to 4 vote in favor of upholding the fairly recent Texas law.    The law, also known as Senate B...
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Opinion: Ditch the Cuba Embargo

<p>The United States embargo on Cuba turned sixty years old last month . Despite this milestone, there is no major push in Congress to end the decades-long policy. There absolutely should be.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is important to understand the rationale behind the embargo. On February 2nd, 2022, the National Security Archives declassified documents relating to the early stages ...
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Modern Day Slavery: Why Prison Labor Should Be Reformed

The prison labor system has been a significant yet controversial contributor to the United States economy since the post-slavery late 19th century. Prison labor refers to the jobs carried out by prison inmates during the period of their sentencing. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, all inmates are required to perform penal labor if they are able-bodied . This labor constitutes two primar...
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Indigenous Activism is at the Forefront of Modern Environmental Advocacy

<p>In much of the modern discourse surrounding climate change, particularly in discussions about the reduction of carbon emissions or the use of fossil fuels, there exists a fundamental belief in the power of large-scale, regulatory legislation. Such legislation often seeks to transform the economy, incentivize other forms of clean energy use, and disincentivize companies&rsquo; use of f...

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The Rising Importance of PSMCs and Russia's Growing Influence in Africa

Russia has been steadily gaining strategic footing in Africa. This involvement marks a departure from Moscow’s traditional guarded stance vis-à-vis the African continent, where it had historically privileged economic cooperation and technical assistance (with Algeria for instance in the 1980s). Russia’s newfound involvement in Africa is characterized by a distinctly urgent dimen...
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Opinion: The Removal of Russian Institutions From SWIFT Does More Harm Than Good

Article was written as the war unfolds in Eastern Europe, thus the scope is limited as the situation is constantly evolving   LOS ANGELES - On Wednesday, February 23rd, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, essentially waging war on Ukraine in what he calls an act to “protect people who are su...
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Fast Fashion, A Silent Killer

Introduction: In the early 1990s, fast fashion took the world by storm. Since then, the industry has grown exponentially. In fact, in the first six months of 2019, fast fashion accounted for 66% of all online fashion traffic . Companies’ ability to mass-produce clothing at remarkably low costs forever changed the fashion industry and the world. On the surface, fast fashion seems to be a p...
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U.S. International Food Aid Policies are Harmful and Inefficient

Hunger and food insecurity have been global crises for decades, one that is progressively worsening. According to a 2020 World Hunger report , approximately 750 million, or 1 in 10 people, suffer from severe food insecurity and malnourishment. Over 55 countries, many of which are considered to be developing, face hunger crises. However, such issues in these countries hardly developed overnight. Ma...
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COVID-19 in India: Is the Government to Blame?

17.7% of the world’s population resides on the subcontinent of India. But in May of last year, India accounted for a staggering 47% of global COVID-19 cases. This didn’t occur organically. Rather, Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s politically-motivated COVID policy jeopardized the health and safety of Indians.   Similar to many western countries, India initiated its...

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