Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

December 4, 2013

A series of eight tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea has been the source of rising political tensions between China and Japan in recent months. Known to the Chinese as Diaoyu and the Japanese as Senkaku, the islands have been administratively controlled by Japan since the late 19th century,...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

November 20, 2013

The German newsmagazine Focus has reported that the art collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, an 80-year old German man whose collection of 1406 artworks was seized by German authorities in his Munich apartment in Feb. 2012, was found to include several previously unknown works by famous artists including Henri ...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

November 13, 2013

Last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone ever to make landfall, cut a path of destruction through the archipelagic nation of the Philippines. With sustained winds of 195 miles per hour, Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, first slammed into Guiuan, a city of 50,000...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

November 6, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, the largest city in Canada and fourth-largest in North America, found himself fighting for his political life last week after the Toronto Police recovered a video that allegedly showed the mayor smoking crack cocaine. Ford was elected mayor of Toronto in October 2010 on...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

October 30, 2013

The firestorm of controversy set off by Edward Snowden several months ago over the surveillance operations of the National Security Agency (NSA) re-erupted last week when media sources in Germany and France reported intrusive NSA surveillance against America’s closest European allies. Le Monde, a lead...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

October 16, 2013

As per annual tradition, various Swedish and Norwegian academies and committees awarded the Nobel Prizes last week in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics. The first category of prizes to be awarded was Medicine. Last Monday, the Karolinska Institute bestowed...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

October 9, 2013

While Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in August shocked the world and provoked outrage of various degrees from Western powers, an overlooked consequence of the 30-month long civil war has been the refugee crisis that has spilled over into Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

October 2, 2013

After 34 years of diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the presidents of the two countries made direct contact with one another last Friday for the first time since 1979. President Barack Obama placed a telephone call to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani as Rouhani was heading to Kennedy Airport...

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By Danny Zhang

September 25, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Islamist terrorist organization Al-Shabaab attacked an upscale shopping mall in the northwestern part of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 175. As the siege continued into its third day on Monday, Kenyan security forces were continuing...

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By Danny Zhang

September 18, 2013

On Sunday, Sept. 15, thousands of protestors, supporting the main opposition party in Cambodia marched through the streets of Phnom Penh, the country’s capital city, in a continued call for an investigation into the July 28 parliamentary elections, which they claim was fraught with irregularities. The...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

September 11, 2013

The 2012 U.S. presidential election began almost immediately after President of the United States Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2009. Down under in Australia, voters went to the polls on last Saturday, Sept. 7, barely a month after Parliament was dissolved and campaigning began. Prime Minister...

Beyond the Bubble

By Danny Zhang

May 8, 2013

The bloody civil war in Syria, which began more than two years ago at the height of the Arab Spring, continues to escalate as more disturbing mass killings and evidence of chemical weapons-use have surfaced in the last few weeks. On April 23, Israeli intelligence officials claimed that they had found...

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