Author: Hank Prim

Russia’s Ready, But Is The World?

In a recent CNN article, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander, General Philip Breedlove, stated adamantly that Russia has “all components necessary to move on Ukraine.” With Russian troops strategically placed at Ukraine’s border, it begs to be asked: is the world ready for another conflict? Though sounding like an ominous recollection of cold war days past, it’s a serious question that the world must consider. With¬†estimates placing somewhere around 40,000 Russian troops at the Russia-Ukraine border, augmented by “fixed-wing aircraft, rotary aircraft, all of the logistics required in order to successfully make an incursion if...

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Crimea: A 21st Century Anschluss?

The world watches tensely as the situation in the Ukraine unfolds. With estimates that anywhere from 6,000 Russian forces to 16,000 Russian forces have entered what is supposed to be part of a sovereign nation, the world looks fearfully on–and rightly so. Amidst all this drama unfolding, I can’t help but be beckoned back to a high school history lesson that makes this situation in Ukraine sound all too familiar, and even more fear-invoking. We need to rewind to 1938 as¬† what would come to be known as one of the most gruesome conflicts in world history began to...

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Reform the Law for a Resolution to All

Laws today reaches all aspects of society. From digital television to military payments, environmental protection to bankruptcy: the law is far reaching into every corner we could imagine. We have the United States Code, which is “the consolidation […] of the permanent laws of the United States” (which, in all, is rumored to be about 200,000 pages long). Oh, and don’t forget the Code of Federal Regulations which is simply the Executive Branch’s version of the United States Code- this having over 50 titles (or basically big chapters). Simply put: the government regulates virtually every aspect of society. As...

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The State of the Union in a Nutshell

Last Tuesday night, huddled around the small TV poised on top of the dresser in my dorm room, my friends and I watched the State of the Union Address. Surrounded by Coca-Cola products, a notepad, and Twitter, we were ready for whatever Barack Obama was going to force-feed the nation. At the end, the speech was no substance and all fluff. In the words of someone much smarter than me, “Obama basically fed the nation a bread sandwich.” It was a tough year for President Obama: Benghazi, the NSA scandal and many other issues abounded. Being a true politician,...

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The Olympics Must Go On

In case you’ve missed the numerous ads on NBC, the Olympics are coming up! A time for international cooperation and competition, the Olympics serves as one of the largest international events (if not the largest) across the globe, bringing thousands of athletes and thousands of spectators to enjoy some friendly competition between countries. If only it was just friendly conflict that would pervade in Sochi. The conflict, however, moves beyond what country is the best at snowboarding or bob sledding or whether Canada can beat the U.S. at Hockey: it’s about warring factions and the desire to take lives...

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