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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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    Referendum continues Colombia’s war with insurgents

    Following a peace agreement that earned Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos a Nobel Peace Prize, the people of Colombia voted in a referendum to reject the deal. After four years of intense negotiations, Santos and rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached agreement of peace. FARC is an armed division of the Communist Party, comprised of lower-class blue-collar workers who are dissatisfied with inequality in Colombia. “A lot of people wanted to take the government into their own hands so a lot of people made their own militias. One of them was the FARC,”  said senior and Colombian native Gabby Dimate. “This one started taking justice into their…

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    War and rebels in Syria rage on; casualty counts climb

      It is the year 1925, and the Great Syrian Revolt has begun. In the years prior, small, localized, sporadic revolts against the government have been put down with ease, further inflaming discontent. Resentment has built among local rulers, whose authority has been usurped by government administrators, and who have been treated as if they did not know how to perform the functions they had been performing for centuries. Attempted by multiple factions, the uprising had a common goal – to end oppressive, uninformed rule. The spark that finally ignited the revolt was the mistreatment of a significant population minority, and random, causeless imprisonment of delegates sent to inform officials…

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    American troops keep Afghanistan afloat

    By Will Holub-Moorman   President Obama’s decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by August 2012 could have disastrous ramifications for the stability of the surrounding region.  By initiating the drawdown process at such a premature date, Obama is setting the stage for a power vacuum that has only one likely result: civil war. Afghanistan’s central government has legitimacy only because of American military support. So long as President Hamid Karzai has the backing of the world’s most powerful armed forces, even the boldest and strongest of Afghanistan’s factions (read: the Taliban)  won’t make a play for power. As it stands now, the U.S. presence in Afghanistan has limited the…