Category: News & Analysis

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.

CALIFORNIA KILLS CASH BAIL, ACLU SAYS SYSTEM POTENTIALLY MORE BIASED THAN EVER

On August 28, California governor Jerry Brown, signed SB-10 , a law that made California the first state in the U.S. to put an end to the cash bail system. The law, which goes into effect in October 2019, was sponsored by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-CA) of California’s 18th Senate District, and aims to put an end to cash bail, which many on the left believe is highly discriminatory against those who are lower income and/or members of ethnic minorities. However, some believe that the new law has the potential to spawn a bail system that is more biased than ever before. 

JUST DO IT: KAEPERNICK SECURES NIKE’S FINANCIAL FUTURE

After Nike Inc. announced on September 3rd that Colin Kaepernick is the face of the “Just Do It” 30th anniversary marketing campaign, many customers set their sneakers aflame in protest of the company’s decision and proudly posted videos of the destruction on social media with “#boycottnike.” Many question Nike’s decision to partner with a controversial activist in Kaepernick, but frankly, this business decision is exactly what Nike needs.

PRESIDENT POROSHENKO SEEKS EUROPEAN “PATRONAGE” IN DONBASS REGION

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced… a new plan to seek European leadership in war-stricken areas of the nation still in government hands… “establishing a kind of patronage by certain countries over certain cities and towns of Donbass, let Germany take responsibility for Kramatorsk, let Greece for Mariupol, let Great Britain for Volnovaha, let other countries take Severodonetsk, Lisichansk, Avdeevka”

KIEV’S NEW PARTNER: A BETRAYAL OF U.S. INTERESTS

A former counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, William C. Triplet, even went so far as to say that “the Ukrainians are getting away with taking the U.S. taxpayers’ money in the one hand while stabbing the U.S. Navy in the back with the other.”…the threat to American security stemming from Ukraine must be responded to; the U.S. ought to pressure an ally who may be betraying its interests.

AT&T/TIME WARNER MERGER ON HOLD AS ANTITRUST CASE DEVELOPS

Media companies are merging at the fastest pace since the dotcom bubble as the industry faces a major shake-up from technology startups. The recent merger of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. has made consumers and politicians alike question whether or not the practice of merging international media giants is beneficial for the free market.

BALDERSON, GOP ESCAPE NEAR UPSET ON ELECTION NIGHT

Yesterday, the GOP escaped a near catastrophic loss in Ohio’s 12th congressional district special election. State Senator Troy Balderson eked out a victory in the 12th district north of Columbus Tuesday night over his Democratic challenger, Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor.

JANUS v. AFSCME: WHAT HAPPENED?

On June 27, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Janus v. AFSCME authored by Justice Samuel Alito. Advocates of Big Labor were quick to decry the ruling as a union-busting exercise in judicial activism, while most of the political right lauded it as a refreshing win for workers’ rights. But in today’s charged political climate, both claims might reasonably be viewed with skepticism by those in the center. What did the ruling actually hold, and what will be its consequences for America?

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