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By Danny Zhang

January 16, 2013


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In March of 2012, the government of Mali was overthrown in a coup d’état staged by members of the military who sought more control of the fight against Tuareg rebels in northern parts of the country. Ever since, Mali has been left in political and military turmoil as the radical Islamist rebels...

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By Danny Zhang

December 5, 2012


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Almost a year after Great Leader Kim Jong-Il’s death, North Korea is getting ready for a second attempt to launch a satellite via a long-range rocket. Government spokesmen revealed last Saturday, Dec. 1, that the Korean Committee for Space Technology is preparing for a launch date between Dec. 10 and...

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By Danny Zhang

November 28, 2012


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Over the past three years, the world has become familiar with the financial woes of the European Union. Countries previously associated with vacational paradise, such as Greece, Spain and Italy, have seen their borrowing costs soar and even faced the possibility of default. In exchange for emergency...

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By Danny Zhang

November 14, 2012


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Before the dust had even settled on the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the Communist Party of China began its own once-in-a-decade leadership transition last week. Since the People’s Republic of China is a one-party state, a new generation of communist leaders automatically equates to a new generation...

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By Isabelle Dietz

November 7, 2012


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On Oct. 20 the Bahrain government issued a temporary ban on all public rallies and gatherings, citing recent episodes of violence in the West Asian country. Bahrain, which has been trying to control mass protests since the Arab uprisings in spring 2011, has come under criticism from the international...

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By Danny Zhang

October 31, 2012


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Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in the news this year for its progress in democratization. Since 1989, the Southeast Asian nation of 60 million has been ruled by a military junta. The military crushed popular protests in 1988 and refused to honor the results of elections held two years later. Recognized...

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By Danny Zhang

October 24, 2012


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The 19-month-long conflict in Syria between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces seeking to topple his government continued to deepen this past week, with violence seeping into Damascus and tensions spilling into neighboring Lebanon as a high-level Sunni official was killed in a Beirut bombing...

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By Danny Zhang

October 10, 2012


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Easter Island, located approximately 2,200 miles off the west coast of Chile, is famous for its massive Moai statues, erected by the native Rapanui people of the island some seven centuries ago. The first European explorers landed on Easter Island throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and recorded...

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By Danny Zhang

October 3, 2012


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World leaders descended on New York City last week for the 67th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. Dozens of the world’s most recognizable political figures and their diplomatic delegations gathered for a perennial discussion of the world’s current pressing challenges. This year,...

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By Danny Zhang

September 26, 2012


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Over the past two weeks, anti-Western protests have engulfed the Middle East following the circulation of a highly controversial video that mocked the Prophet Mohammed and the religion of Islam. The video was produced and posted on YouTube under the alias “Sam Bacile” July of this year. It did not...

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By Danny Zhang

September 19, 2012


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During the last two weeks, curious netizens and concerned citizens in China speculated about the fate of that country's presumptive president-in-waiting, as he failed to make a public appearance for 14 straight days. Xi Jinping, aged 59, is currently China's Vice President. He is set to take the reins...

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By Middlebury Campus

May 4, 2011


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On Sunday, May 1 America’s most wanted fugitive was killed in Pakistan under the cover of darkness. Following a direct order given by President Obama, mission “Geronimo” was given the go-ahead, beginning a chain of events that would end the nearly decade-long search for Osama bin Laden. Following...

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