AFRICAN POWDER KEG: CAMEROONIAN CONFLICT AND AFRICAN SECURITY

President Biya continues to preside over Cameroon, a key ally in the West’s fight with ISIS. However, following these recent elections, Cameroonian unrest continues as Biya and the Anglophones keep fighting. As the conflict between the French and English speakers rages, the U.S. has continued to stand by President Biya despite reports of genocide.

THE CHINESE EMPIRE RISES: BRI EMERGES AS TOOL OF CONQUEST AND CHALLENGE TO THE US ORDER

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is aimed at buttressing an underdeveloped Chinese interior, securing raw materials, dominating export markets, and creating an alternative to the US order; if China is to be restrained, the United States and the West must act decisively and soon.

STAGNANT CONGRESS, ACTIVE PRESIDENT: KOREAN TALKS CONTINUE

While Congress argues over the border wall, President Trump and Kim Jong-Un are beginning to forge a stronger bond in order to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Despite the gridlock at home Trump proclaims that “This is more than has ever been accomplished with North Korea!”… Is this a new round of false promises or has the President made real headway with the Korean Regime?

CHINA’S SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM: THE DANGERS OF BIG DATA

Society is currently undergoing a paradigm shift involving technology. Within the last decade, corporations and individuals have begun utilizing the vast technological achievements of the 20th century to connect previously isolated populations and further blur the line between the physical and digital worlds – propelling humanity into the 4th Industrial Revolution. And while this period of rapid expansion and globalization is occuring, the world is seemingly shrinking to within the confines of a 5 inch screen.

L.A. TEACHERS UNION DEMANDS 6.5% RETROACTIVE PAY RAISE AS UNFUNDED LIABILITIES CRIPPLE CITY FINANCES

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is on strike for the first time since 1989 over demands for increased pay and the hiring of additional teachers; their wide-ranging demands include a 6.5% pay increase for teachers retroactive to July 2016, the hiring of more teachers and service staff, and greater regulation of  charter schools in Los Angeles.

OPINION: RETIREMENT HOMES AND RETIRING IDEAS: AN AMERICAN FALL FROM GRACE

Today we see it fit to discharge our elders into what we call “retirement homes,” little more than waiting rooms for Death’s final embrace, abandoning those who brought us into existence and built the nation and society we so are so blessed to behold. By throwing away our duty to the past, throwing away the experiences of lifetimes, we leave ourselves stranded, with no land in sight, sailing to a desperate future with no grounding in the American spirit and in the practices and values that have brought America from a speck on the Atlantic coast to the world’s sole superpower. Whatever happened to the notion of caring for one’s own instead of giving up and allowing some distant entity to take society’s place? Whatever happened to pride in our shared national heritage? It’s time for us to get back in touch with our roots and bring our elderly home.

OPINION: SHORT-TERMISM–THE POTENTIAL BREAKING POINT FOR AMERICA’S BULLISH ECONOMY

Americans are overly bullish in that the general successes of the recent and ongoing economic recovery from the 2008 financial crisis will continue uninterrupted into the future, thereby disregarding risk and making ill-advised decisions. This illusion is called short-termism, and is also known as the hot hand fallacy—In basketball, it is the idea that after a player has made many consecutive free-throws the next one is almost a guarantee. This misconception has infiltrated American financial and government systems and has caused many to believe during long runs of economic growth that there is only one way to go: up.

IRAQIS SET IRANIAN CONSULATE ABLAZE

On September 7, the citizens of Basra, Iraq, poured into the streets chanting “Iran, out!” while targeting the Iranian consulate with several rockets. These protests have, in fact, been stirring for several months, with this most recent eruption of violence in Basra serving as a microcosm of the issues Iraq, if not the rest of the Middle East, faces as the result of Iranian militarism.

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