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What Are Economic Sanctions and Are They Legal?

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Governments worldwide and multinational organizations use economic sanctions as their weapon of choice when responding to major geopolitical changes such as terrorism and war. It is usually done in response to state and non-state actors perceived as threats to their interests or those in violation of international norms. Economic sanctions have been used as the go-to tool for the west …

What Happens if China Invades Taiwan?

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Taiwan, for all intents and purposes, considers itself an independent nation. The island, which is officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), has been governed separately from mainland China since 1949. On the other hand, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) views Taiwan as a renegade province and considers the region part of its domain. Beijing has vowed to …

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Why Was Trevor Reed Detained in Russia?

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On July 30, 2020, Trevor Reed, a former US Marine, was sentenced by a Moscow court to serve a nine-year jail term in Russia. The 30-year-old Texan was arrested and convicted on various charges, including assaulting two prison officers. The verdict received nationwide attention, with Texas Republicans criticizing the Biden Administration for not doing more to help the Reed family …

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What Is NATO and What Are Its Responsibilities?

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In 1994, 45 years after the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the US military shot down four Serbian warplanes that were on an active bombing mission over the no-fly zone in Bosnia. This was the first time in history NATO was engaged in military action since it was established some four decades earlier. Sixty thousand troops were …

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Is Ukraine Part of NATO? Why Does This Matter?

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On February 24, 2022, the world watched Russia launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops bombed cities and military bases as innocent civilians began a mass exodus to flee the country. The attack sparked outrage from global leaders and citizens all over the world. As attacks spilled over into the second day, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a statement …

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Why Does Russia Want Ukraine and Crimea?

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For many Russians, Kyiv – Ukraine’s capital city – is the birthplace of their nation. Many even acknowledge the deep cultural ties that exist between the two countries. That said, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, isn’t the first time the two former Soviet republics have been embroiled in bitter conflict. Russia’s recent encroachment on Ukraine went down …

Is Russia Committing War Crimes in Ukraine

Is Russia Committing War Crimes in Ukraine?

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In 1945 the United Nations instituted a charter that made aggressive war (different from defensive war) illegal in international law. Based on the charter’s provisions, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falls within the confines of aggression crimes. In the Nuremberg trials of 1945-1946, senior leaders of Nazi Germany were convicted on charges of war aggression. The Tokyo war crime trials also …

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Is It Worth Hiring an Immigration Lawyer?

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There’s no denying that immigration proceedings and processes are legally-binding matters that hold your life in balance. Nonetheless, the federal government doesn’t require immigration lawyers to oversee all immigration processes. Individuals seeking legal status in the US aren’t entitled to legal representation. While hiring an attorney is not always necessary, the question is – Is it worth hiring an immigration …

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What Is an Enhanced Driver’s License?

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If you live in Washington, Vermont, New York, Minnesota, or Michigan and have plans to visit family members or go on vacation, you might have to rethink your mode of travel. Most of these states have imposed deadlines requiring all state citizens to obtain enhanced driver’s licenses or real IDs if they plan to travel by air. What is an …