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November 7, 2016

What is Democracy? The definition of Democracy as per Merriam-Webster is a form of government in which the people choose leaders by voting; especially the rule of the majority. Democracy stands in opposition to dictatorships, monarchies, theocracies, aristocracies, and oligarchies, though the lines between the various forms of government are often blurred and forms are combined. Most governments claim to be democratic, but as Democracy is often considered the most challenging form of government, there [...]

Hillary Clinton is on a roll. The former first lady has notched up impressive wins in a number of primaries and caucuses, though losing a few to her rival Bernie Sanders. Though the road to the White House is still fairly a long one, yet her stupendous performance in the Super Tuesday contests does give an impression that she is cruising along. So, as Hillary Clinton continues her winning spree, let us take a look [...]

Being a bit different can at times get you attention. And in the case of Donald Trump, he has got a lot of attention, to the point where he is giving sleepless nights to his Republican opponents. His comments which range from barring Muslims from entering America, loading up Guantanamo Bay with “bad dudes”, to the Hillary Clinton ‘got schlonged’ in 2008 (the list is endless), Donald Trump has said it all. His critics might [...]

It is still nearly 9 months for the US elections to take place, but things have begun to heat up on the election front. The Iowa Caucuses that were held on February 1, 2016, kicked off the election nomination process. The coming days will see more caucuses and primaries being organized in the rest of the American states. However, here are certain points that need to be taken into consideration about the 2016 US Presidential [...]

Operation Entebbe (1976) Operation Entebbe (military codename Operation Thunderbolt) is often hailed as one of the most daring rescue missions in history. On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 left Tel Aviv in Israel and after a stop over at Athens in Greece departed for Paris, the French capital. There were 248 passengers and 12 crew members on board when the plane was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of [...]

US President Barack Obama became the first sitting American President to visit the Japanese town of Hiroshima, 71 years after it was targeted by a nuclear weapon. The US Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on the city on August 6, 1945, during WWII. President Obama’s visit came against the backdrop of USA’s highly strategic ‘Pivot to Asia’ foreign policy objective that seeks to increase US influence in the region to counter the [...]

“Hope must survive”, tweeted Belgium’s more than five-century old Catholic University of Leuven a day after ISIS suicide bombers attacked Brussels’ international airport and a city metro station on March 22. More than 30 people were killed and over 100 others injured in this terror assault, which occurred exactly 130 days after ghastly suicide bombings in Paris leading to the death of 129 people in November 2015. Brussels, the national capital of Belgium, is the [...]

In 1928, US President Calvin Coolidge arrived in Cuba on a battleship. That trip was “decorous and dull.” Almost 88 years later, Obama became the next US president to visit the country. One of the first things he said after arriving on Cuban soil was this: “what we did for 50 years did not serve our interests or the interests of the Cuban people.” This change in narrative was possible after the recent thaw in [...]

Otto Warmbier is the new face of Human rights violations in Korea. The 21-year-old student from the University of Virginia was sentenced by the North Korean regime to 15 years of hard labor “for crimes against the state.” Warmbier was on a five-day tour to North Korea when he was arrested by the state for stealing a Kim Jong- il poster from a hotel. The poster, according to Warmbier, was requested by a member of [...]

The Florida Republican primary was a do-or-die battle for Marco Rubio to keep his presidential dream alive, but the Senator lost to rival Donald Trump. To make matters worse, Rubio failed to register a single win in the other four states that went to polls on March 15. Marco Rubio had entered the US presidential race in April 2015 with a lot of expectations. He was once considered the savior of the Republicans. He was [...]