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  • July 28, 2012 | Jia Min Huang
    This is the first time I watched the opening ceremony of Olympic so I thought of writing my reactions. I thought the London Olympic Opening Ceremony was really pretty, colorful, and spectacular but some parts were confusing and rather creepy. The part that made me feel like crying and seeing the efforts that the London organizing committee put in...
  • Desks of students in the final year of high school. - Picture from illuminant
    July 17, 2012 | Jia Min Huang
     On June 7-8, 2012, approximately 9.15 million Chinese high school seniors began their notoriously tough university-entrance exam called the Gaokao exam or in English, the National Higher Education Entrance Examination began.  This exam is the sole component in entering a glorious college for these seniors, which determines their future...
  • July 14, 2012 | Jan Garcia
    A lot of times people have a bad impression about those young adults who are not in school nor employed. These disconnected young adults are perceived as good for nothing and a burden for society. The reality is that these young adults have the same potential and capability of being a great contribution to society as any other young adult...
  • July 14, 2012 | Jia Min Huang
    After discussing “Power” at a Roosevelt's workshop last week, I thought about how power connects with our will to make our choices. Although we couldn’t make any choice in where, when, and how we were born, and who our parents are and the environment that we live in as we grow up until we start thinking about what we want and...
  • Hong Kong Election Results: Hu Jin Tao and China Have Stolen Democracy From Hong
    July 12, 2012 | Michelle Tham
    Whether under British rule or Chinese rule, Hong Kong was never granted universal suffrage. Even as a colony, a governor was sent from London. Nonetheless, once Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997, Britain had successfully ingrained the idea of democracy among the public. Traditionally, since 1985, Hong Kong has practiced in direct...
  • FBI: Drug Cartels Use Bank of America to Launder Money
    July 12, 2012
     Authored by Ryan Dahrouge. An affidavit released by the FBI last month reveals one of Mexico’s most violent narcotic-trafficking drug cartels has been laundering money into the U.S. through accounts with Bank of America. Beginning in or around 2009, members of the infamous Los Zetas cartel had been sneaking drug earnings past...
  • July 11, 2012 | Elizabeth Stokes
    To supplement a previous post, which looks at the issues involved with the privatization of government, I think it is useful to understand the ways in which we can distinguish between public and private. In today’s political discourse, the main way the public/ private distinction is made is according to what Weintraub and Kumar refer to as...
  • July 5, 2012 | Elizabeth Stokes
    In the midst of the Obamacare craze, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision from June 21st has largely gone unnoticed, despite its far-reaching implications for public sector unions. The case, Knox v. Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, has dealt a severe blow to the ability of public sector unions to raise funds for political...
  • July 4, 2012 | Jan Garcia
    Last Sunday, on July 1st, the 2012 presidential elections took place in Mexico. This year   I was surprised to see that the candidates running to be the next President of Mexico seemed to be unprepared and not ready to change Mexico for the better. Out of all the candidates, Josefina Marquez Mota seemed to be "the most ready"...
  • July 4, 2012 | Jia Min Huang
    Last Friday, In-School Youth Program staffs (my coworkers), along with other programs that are on the same floor and other departments, went to upstate Ramapo to do teamwork obstacle courses. Then this week Tuesday, there was a conference meeting to talk and reflect on the Ramapo trip. Although I did not go, I thought the meeting had a lot of...