Navigating Puerto Rican Statehood: Unpacking Political Dynamics and Misconceptions

With the nation’s first caucuses only a few months away, the issue of Puerto Rican statehood has become one of the latest topics of controversy among Republican candidates. In late October, the “Make America Great Again Inc.” SuperPAC endorsing Donald Trump shifted its campaign strategy to target fellow Republican candidate Ron DeSantis once again. The […]
Posted November 27, 2023

Growing tensions between Israel and Palestine

Growing tensions in the Israel – Palestinian Conflict is forcing action from much of the international community, testing diplomatic relations and humanitarian and military discussions. Several countries have chosen sides denouncing Hamas as a terrorist organization or focusing on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza claiming war crimes against Israel’s actions; each side with their own […]
Posted November 27, 2023

Iceland’s Volcanic Threat and Potential Eruption

Since November 17, 2023, Iceland has been grappling with the imminent risk of volcanic eruptions, marked by a relentless series of over 4,000 earthquakes striking the southwestern region. Situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland experiences heightened tectonic activity as the North American and Eurasian plates gradually drift apart. GPS and satellite data indicate the rising […]
Posted November 20, 2023

Unveiling the Crisis in Burkina Faso: Examining the Impact of Militant Islamist Groups on Humanitarian and Socioeconomic Realities

The crisis in Burkina Faso has continued to worsen over the past year, making it one of the most violent and insecure countries in Africa. This crisis is defined by a widespread lack of resources and economic opportunities, interregional tensions, the absence of government authority, and violence stemming from criminal and armed groups within the […]
Posted November 20, 2023

The U.S.-Iranian Hostage Trade

On Friday, September 8th, 2023 Secretary of State Anthony Blinken signed waivers and alerted Congress to initiate the process of transferring the sanctioned $6 billion of Iranian funds (State Department Press Briefing). Days later, on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023, Matthew Miller spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, addressed the negotiation in a press briefing. […]
Posted November 20, 2023

Renewable Energy in Puerto Rico

On March 28, 2023, Puerto Rican governor Pedro Pierluisi announced a plan to renew Puerto Rico’s power grid through solar energy initiatives (AP News 3). Weakly maintained by a private company and devastated by storms like Hurricane Maria, the power grid is responsible for providing electricity to 3.2 million people (AP News 3). Pierluisi has […]
Posted October 12, 2023

Assessing the U.S. in a Volatile World

It has been two years since the United States pulled out of Afghanistan. The chaotic departure from Kabul reminded many of the ignominious 1975 collapse of Saigon. Critics contends the withdrawal emboldened rivals, especially Russia and China, and encouraged smaller nations and their leaders to recalculate policies and politics. The hasty exit highlighted that the […]
Posted September 1, 2023

The Wagner Group: Operations in Africa, Ukraine, and the New Stand against President Putin

The Wagner Group has emerged as one of the most controversial elements in contemporary geopolitics. This Russian private military company (PMC) has been involved in several military operations in Africa and Ukraine. Recently, it has become the subject of global attention due to a purported move against the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. To understand the […]
Posted July 18, 2023

Debt Bondage in India

On March 31, 2022, the Indian Government lifted all Covid-19 restrictions (Business Today, 2022). Despite that decision, millions of migrants or “informal” workers in India are still locked in exploitative debt bondage arrangements at increasing levels. Despite supposed government intervention this Human Rights crisis has only deepened due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. India […]
Posted April 21, 2023

The Impact of the Short-Term Rental Industry in Puerto Rico

Since Puerto Rico’s economic crisis in 2006, the island’s housing market has faced a growing and evolving set of challenges. The widespread devastation of hurricanes, earthquakes, and natural disasters in general, severely worsened an already existing housing problem. Hurricane Irma and Maria alone damaged over 725,000 households, representing nearly 60% of all occupied housing units […]
Posted April 21, 2023

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