OPINION: WHY THE US SHOULD SUPPORT ISRAEL’S CLAIM TO THE GOLAN HEIGHTS

Given the inherent tension between support for Israel and aversion to military action in the Middle East, the United States must find ways to support Israel without engaging in military conflict. One soft power approach to consider would be supporting Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights.

CHINA DETHRONED: MARKET CAPITALIZATION TUMBLES AS TRADE WAR CONTINUES

The trade war between the world’s two largest economies is entering its second round, and China is taking a beating. Bloomberg writes that China has recently ceded its position as the world’s second largest economy in terms of market capitalization to Japan, whose equities it eclipsed previously in 2014. Chinese equities dropped in value to $6.09 trillion USD slipping well below the Japanese equity market, which is currently valued at $6.17 trillion USD.

OPINION: DEMOCRATS NEED TO DANCE TO THE CENTER

On March 13, 2018, ex-Marine Democrat Conor Lamb won in the Pennsylvania 18th district special election, replacing the disgraced Representative Tim Murphy who resigned after infamously pressuring his mistress into having an abortion, despite professing strong pro-life views. The 18th district is traditionally a Republican stomping ground, with mostly suburban and rural voters, and an electorate that is over 95% white. Few gave Lamb a chance; however, Lamb, a moderate Democrat, was nearly tailor-made for the district. Running on a pro-gun, anti-Pelosi, common sense platform, Lamb brought a safely Republican district into the toss-up category.

OPINION: THE IMPORTANCE OF BANNING THE RELEASE OF 3-D PRINTED FIREARM BLUEPRINTS

In the past decade, 3D printing has gone from a specialized laboratory tool to one available to all. Simple training classes can be taken online, and in the course of a few short hours, a single person can learn to create almost anything.

OPINION: THE ADA IS CRIPPLING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISABLED

According to a new article from the Brookings Institution, only 4 in 10 disabled Americans are employed, even as there is now an available job for every unemployed American seeking work. As counter intuitive as it may seem, one of the reasons for low levels of disabled employment is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If the United States wishes to improve levels of disabled employment, the ADA should be repealed.

OPINION: PUTIN’S WAR ON DEMOCRACY: IT’S WORKING

The American public is outraged, as it should be, by the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Uncovering their efforts is direct proof of Russian meddling in American affairs, but this discovery should not be taken at face value. One should remember that there is a clear distinction between collusion with the Trump campaign and efforts to undermine faith in American democracy; collusion requires active cooperation, and there is no evidence thus far to support this conclusion.

SPAIN VS. CATALONIA: A CASE FOR UNITY IN A SOCIETY DIVIDED

Posted on behalf of Nicole Naoum

There’s nothing quite like taking a leisurely stroll down a cobblestone street that predates your own country by over a thousand years only to have your eye nearly gouged out by a selfie-stick wielding tourist moments later. Venturing further into the city, the potent aroma of sea salt, marijuana, and on occasion, raw sewage, wafts through the gothic spires and narrow alleyways. With the late afternoon sky tinged with vibrant hues of purple and pink, you begin to appreciate the silence, as distant echoes of street performers and roaring motorbikes fade into the horizon.

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