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    Turkey and US face off in Northern Syria

    In the Northern corner of Syria, bordering Turkey, two million Kurds live in a state of order as compared with the rest of the region. They have democratic and focused governments and a strong security force. Elsewhere, the once glorious cities of the Middle East have been ravaged by evacuating residents, drone strikes, insurgent guerilla fighting, and daily mortar shelling. In Kurd-controlled Syria, the largest ethnic minority in the fighting country lives in a state of order, as the region continues in violence. Kurds speak their own language and maintain a strong sense of self-determination and nationalism for their lands. In Syria, the Kurds have long been a repressed minority,…

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    Authoritarian regimes are on the rise across the world

    On March 29, Venezuela dissolved their National Assembly when the Venezuelan Supreme Court seized power from the legislative body. The international community was outraged, as the move was viewed as a power grab by President Nicol√°s Maduro. By using the Supreme Court, which he packed with people loyal to him, Maduro increased his power by getting rid of the opposition controlled legislature. It seems that Venezuela may be following an increasing trend toward authoritarian governments. These regimes are best known for forbidding political opposition, controlling the media, manipulating the courts and trying to restrict elections. ¬†Freedom House, a non-governmental organization that conducts research on democracies, found that for the first…

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    Disturbing journalistic photos have potential to change mindsets

    By Cecilia Creissen The recent image that went viral of an immigrant toddler washed up dead on a shore in Turkey made many people cringe. While this incident seems relatively unrelated to Americans, we are actually very much connected to it. With gun violence becoming more prevalent many wonder what can be done to stop the tragedies. It seems that no matter how big the crime, the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown for example, the actions that follow are lots of media exposure but little prevention for future incidents. Often times it is easiest for people to move on and forget that something so awful ever happened in their…