Obama is Very Popular in Cuba; Way more than the Castro Brothers.

As I type this article, US President Barack Obama’s approval ratings hover somewhere around 50%. When compared to his predecessors during the same period in their term, that figure is pretty average, but pales in comparison to his approval ratings in a country 90 miles south of Key West. So much in fact that President Obama is more popular among Cuban citizens …

Putin Does not Appreciate a Warming of USA-Cuba Relations

2015 was a tough year for Putin. Turkey shot down a Russian jet over allegations of territorial breaches. The United States together with the European Council prolonged economic sanctions against Russia until the 31st of July, 2016 over their illegal annexation of Crimea. Oil prices fell over 30% to $30 a barrel, sending the fossil fuel-dependent Russian economy into a free-fall. Russian …

You Won’t Convert Trump Supporters. Try this Instead

I’m going to keep this post short because the concept is rather simple, but none the less I’ve seen this topic ignored. You suck at converting Trump supporters. But don’t feel bad, everyone does. Career politicians, the mainstream media, Super PACS, political commentators, bloggers, you name it. They have all failed at trying to do just that. ‘I Could … …

Over 30 Million Chinese live in Caves. But that’s not a Bad Thing.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, it is estimated that over 30 million Chinese citizens are cave dwellers. Upon reading that headline, I was immediately inspired to write an article describing, how despite China emerging as the World’s leading economy, it has failed to address such a basic human necessity like housing. I was wrong. While there …

The Trump Silver-lining. Three Reasons to like the Donald. From a Democrat

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of what I like to call the “I’m moving to Canada” rhetoric. It’s stupid, and it needs to stop. Look I get it. I’m no Trump fan, and as someone rooting for Clinton, I’m not necessarily an anti-establishment voter. But I swear by the silver-lining theory. Most bad scenarios, not all, have some sort …

Making the Case for a Large Population

240 Years ago, as the US was being born, China already had the population we have today. Now, is that a good or a bad thing? At what point does a country become over-populated? The current American population of around 320 million is the third largest in the world, exceeded only by India and China. That means that a 1% …

How Do You Get Your Face on Mount Rushmore?

Here in the US we love Mount Rushmore. It’s one of the most recognizable icons of American culture. Rarely can we name anything else about South Dakota, but we do know of the national monument located there. We might not even have seen it in real life, but can identify it immediately.   Carved into the face of Mount Rushmore, …

Is a Revolution in Russia Imminent?

At the current time of this writing, Putin’s approval ratings stand at 86 percent. Not too far from his all time high of 89.9 percent. For the less politically oriented this doesn’t mean much, but compare his grades to other G7 leaders and you’ll see the real significance:       To Western observers, this is evidence that something is …

The US Military Just Became a More Family Friendly Employer

Defense Sec. Ashton B. Carter announced new measures that should greatly make the armed forces more competitive when it comes to maternity leave, childcare and expensive reproductive technologies. “As we introduce today’s reforms, our calculation is quite simple,” Carter said at a press release “We want our people to be able to balance two of the most solemn commitments they …

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The USSR is Making a Comeback

Want to make Putin furious? Refer to Russia as a regional power. Obama did just that. There was that time when he poked fun at presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for referring to Russia as the biggest geopolitical threat to the US.  “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back” he told him during their October 2012 presidential debate. In 2014, during …