Contested Territory in South China Sea Continues to Stoke International Tensions

In response to China’s increasing military presence on man-made islands in the South China Seas, the United States recently ramped up its navigation operations in the area and has declared its support of free international trade and passage. Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie recently stated that the U.S. military has had a great deal of experience taking down small islands since the Second World War. He later added that he was not attempting to exacerbate the existing tensions between the two superpowers with his statement. Since 2014, China has been building…

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American Sugar Addiction Begins at an Early Age

American babies are consuming more sugar than the amount recommended for adults, according to data presented at the American Society for Nutrition on June 10. The study was conducted on US infants from 6 to 23 months of age. It concluded that the consumption of added sugar begins very early on in life, as 61% of infants 6-11 months old and 98% of toddlers 12-18 months old were found to consume added sugar on any given day. The study found that infants 6-11 months old consume about 0.9 teaspoons of…

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Total Ivory Ban Necessary to Save the Elephant

In early June, members of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), a consortium of 29 African countries, met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to come up with future strategies to protect Africa’s wild elephants from poaching and illegal trafficking. The AEC restated its position that the only viable solution to end poaching and the use of legal loopholes by wildlife traffickers would be to put a blanket ban all ivory trade at both the national and international levels. In the span of one decade from 1979 to 1989, nearly half of all…

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Violence in Nicaragua Continues to Escalate

Political unrest in Nicaragua has reached new heights. In recent weeks, protests against the corrupt authoritarian regime of President Daniel Ortega have been violently crushed by the national police, killing over 100 people and injuring over 1,000. Although Nicaragua has up until recently been known as a peaceful country, it has fallen into the hands of a government that is not afraid to massacre its own people, including teenagers. A six-week-long political uprising has been met with unnecessary brutality. On certain occasions, state security forces have opened fire on peaceful…

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Texan Native and Drug Lord Sentenced to Almost 50 Years

44-year-old drug kingpin and former football player Edgar Valdez-Villareal, otherwise known as “La Barbie”, was sentenced by US District Judge William Duffey to 49 years in prison on Monday for transporting trucks full of cocaine from Mexico to the United States. and shipping back millions of dollars back across the border. According to the US Department of Justice, the Beltran-Leyva Cartel leader pled guilty to conspiring to import and distribute cocaine in addition to conspiring to launder money in January 2016. He will likely spend the rest of his life…

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