Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"ISIS Sent Four Car Bombs. The Last One Hit Me."

Bryan Denton, a photographer for the New York Times was with Iraqi counterterrorism forces as they began pushing toward Mosul last week. While in Bartella, Iraq, their convoy had already been targeted by suicide car bombs three times in one day. After the incident Iraqi forces had brought up a tank and kept its main gun scanning the road ahead toward Mosul. While on their way to Mosul car bomb no. 4 was about 70 feet away by the time anyone noticed it. Denton recalls his experience traveling with the Iraqi counterterrorism forces and explains how nerve-racking and scary it was at times.

-Taylor Sikora

Airstrikes In Syria Kill 22 People, Mostly Children.

Airstrikes in Syria killed up to 22 people, mostly children, on Wednesday, October 19th,  when warplanes struck a residential area housing a school complex in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib.The activist-operated Idlib News network, which gave a lower toll of 17 people killed, said the strikes hit as the children were gathered outside the school complex. It said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition, the network added.
Idlib is the main Syrian opposition stronghold, though radical groups also have a large presence there. It has regularly been hit by Syrian and Russian warplanes as well as the U.S.-led coalition targeting Islamic State militants.
David Soto

Monday, October 24, 2016

Growing Deserts in China

Almost 20% of China is desert and this percentage is only increasing. China's deserts are expanding at alarming rates, and the Chinese government is scrambling to find a way to halt this process. The spread of desert land in China is making areas uninhabitable and causing issues of drought. People living on the edge of desert land are being relocated, and farmers living on the edge of deserts are having to sell their livestock to survive. The government is encouraging farmers to sell their livestock and move for fear that grazing has contributed to the desertification of the land. China's desert, the Tengger desert, is expanding so fast that it is close to merging with 2 other deserts nearby. This could lead to even more problems for China. The desert issue in China makes a very strong argument for the existence of climate change and the devastating effects it could have on the rest of the world.

Fugitive Police Chief in Mexico Arrested in Case of Missing Students

After being on the lam for nearly two years, one of the masterminds behind the disappearance of 43 students has been arrested. Felipe Flores, a former Iguala police chief was arrested after being on the run, and helping as one of the masterminds behind the disappearance of the students. He was visiting his spouse in Guerrero, the state where the students had gone missing in 2014. The students went missing on the order of local mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, so that they would not disturb an event that he was having with his wife the night they went missing. The mayor turned the students over to a group of people who killed them and burned their bodies, tossing the remains into a nearby river. The gang who killed the students thought they were a rival group, and claimed it was a case of mistaken identity. Flores was the individual that helped protect the city's police officers who were involved with the case.

-Allie Downer

Somali pirates free 26 hostages after nearly 5 years

A ship that was hijacked in March of 2012 by Somali pirates held 29 men from China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Just recently 26 of the men were released after being held in captivity that long. Three of the men died, one during the initial invasion and then two while in captivity.

Mitch Reid

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Calais migrants: France prepares to demolish 'Jungle' camp

The French government says it will demolish a migrant camp in the northern port town facing Britain, Calais. The camp has been referred to as "Jungle," due to the increasing population and a number of reports of violence. Also, many migrants have attempted to hide themselves in cargo vehicles entering the Channel Tunnel and some have been hit and killed by vehicles. Although the authorities say the migrants will be offered placements in refugee centers across France, they are refusing to move because they want to get to Britain. A number of protests from locals and truck operators have been seen.

-Mirina Uchida

Kurdish Forces Push Toward Mosul, Liberate Several Nearby Local Villages

Kurdish forces operating under the name "Peshmerga" are fighting 5 miles out from the city of Mosul in Iraq. Mosul was seized in 2014 by ISIS militants; Mosul is considered an ideal location for the capital of the envisioned Muslim caliphate, whose establishment is the organizational goal of ISIS. Kurdish forces in the region number 100,000 soldiers, while there are likely only 5,000 ISIS militants present in Mosul. Peshmerga has seized eight villages that were formerly ISIS-controlled, in addition to blocking a large stretch of the Bashiqa-Mosul highway that links Mosul with the city of Bashiqa, which will limit ISIS's ability to move. The Turkish military has lent support to Peshmerga in their battle against ISIS. A tragic side note was reported this weekend, however: ISIS executed 40 people who were celebrating their villages' liberation from the organization. This indicates the need for Iraq and Peshmerga to secure these villages after their liberation, in order to prevent a return by ISIS militants. The Iraqi town of Hamdaniya was also freed from ISIS by Iraqi forces, after ISIS had conquered the town in 2014. Church bells rang out in Hamdaniya in celebration, ringing for the first time since ISIS's siege. 200 ISIS militants were killed in the fighting during that town's retaking.

Justin Wysocke

Refugee Burning in France

France has become a very important topic in the world today in terms of the way Islamic Refugees are interacting with the French Culture.  What we have been seeing over the is very similar to the Clash of Civil Civilizations by Samuel Huntington.  There have been a few cases in France such has the Paris terror attack and the Charlie Hebdo attacks.  This article focuses on the closing of a camp in Calais.  This camp is home to migrants and refugees, and is known for having living conditions that are well bellow human and being over crowded.  There are about between 6,400 and 8,100 people living in this small camp.  So, France is putting an end to the camp and that the people who live there will get on buses and be transported to multiple different areas in France and some people are even going to England for relocation.  There are many complaints that the French plan saying that it was to quickly done and it is not done well.  So, it will be very interesting to see how the moving people out of the camp has an effect of France and if we see more or less violence from it.

John Carmody

Cyber warfare: The new international warfront
In the article the U.S. is seen as lagging behind in its recruitment of U.S. hackers. Brett Scott the cofounder of the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range said "The US has a very backwards idea towards hackers. Russia, China, and even ... countries like Iran are offering them huge amounts of money, luxurious cars, and nice flats." The U.S. government is still seeking to jail these individuals instead of hiring them. 
The government still wants to discourage cyber militias from attacking its adversaries in order to prevent retaliatory hacking. On the international scale hacking presents a delicate problem because there are a larger number of dangerous individuals than say, nations with nukes. The article also details how the FBI bust of the Playpen dark web site might be a blow to the fourth ammendment, because of the cyber equivilancy of search and seizure which was used. Overall the article's main theme is summed up in a quote it uses from a hacker. "World War III is already here, and it's happening on the internet,"

Venezuela opposition puts pressure on President Maduro

Venezuelan congressmen put President Nicolas Maduro under more pressure by voting to put him on trial for violating democracy. Congressmen said Maduro had "broken constitutional law and carried out a coup d'etat", in a special session. This occurred days after officials blocked a popular vote on removing President Maduro from power. Ruling party officials accuse the opposition of fraud while collecting signatures needed for the referendum. The problem in Venezuela is a split government making it hard for any action to take place since the Congress is dominated by opposition parties, and the government and the Supreme Court have "systematically undermined the legislature". Political tensions are high in part because of  "an unprecedented economic crisis which has led to shortages of basic goods and medicines", which it's oil wealth can't seem to save. Maduro realizes, "the revolution will continue to win despite the constant pretentions of the right which is trying to take over power by unconstitutional means". This will create social unrest soon since the opposition has called for a peaceful mass protest across Venezuela on Wednesday in which they say they will "retake Venezuela step by step".

-AC Christopherson 


China Considers Launching a "Citizen Scoring" program

     The Chinese government is planning to incorporate a "Citizen Scoring" system to control the decisions of its its people. While the exact details of the program are unknown, the government says that it is trying to use this program to keep citizens from committing fraud like selling poisoned food, doctors taking bribes, and conning other people. This plan will assign a "score" to activities that are considered as "bad" or "good" behaviors, with the government's categorizations being an item of mystery at this point. Citizens with a "bad" score might be denied rights such as borrowing loans or traveling outside the country. China seems to be calling this program "Internet Plus", but many critics are likening this move to a shift in a more totalitarian society, Also, cyber-security analysts say that this move can open up a new avenue for cybercriminals to exploit or modify the system for their own needs.

-Mohammed Khan

Britain To Make Controversial Legal Sanctions

Described in article by David Ianconangelo for the Christian Science Monitor, coming up soon in December, Britain will be instituting heavy new legislation that will affect foreign-born citizens as well as immigrants within. The policies implemented are intended to give negative consequences for not going through citizenship steps if one has immigrated. Being an undocumented person within Britain after the new legislation begins will result in not being able to have access to banks, employment, or housing. Companies that advertise across the world for employees will also have to first advertise domestically for 28 days before extending offers globally. One of the most driving factors for the British exit of the European Union was the growing distaste and discontentment for the status of immigrants flooding the United Kingdom, and this legislation is intended to give native British citizens and immigrants who have gone through proper processing the benefits many there believe they deserve. There has been backlash against the new legislation, as businesses and liberal party advocates claim it treats certain citizens as second-class based upon factors that they cannot control, and hurts businesses because it will make them feel like hiring a global workforce is frowned upon. The effects of this new legislation will start to be seen this winter, and will follow after for months, even years to come.


Benjamin Ubert

Aleppo: Mortar attack marks end of ceasefire

Mortar fire from regime forces ended a three-day ceasefire in Aleppo.  The Russian-backed ceasefire was initiated to allow for civilians, medical cases, and rebels could evacuate safely.  It is uncertain if any of the intended beneficiaries actually took advantage of the temporary peace.  Most people were wary of the situation and were too afraid to flee and those who did were blocked by rebel forces.

Tensions over Mosul between Turkey and Iraq

The President of Turkey insists to be involved in the recapture of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. Currently, Mosul is controlled by ISIS. Turkey claims it has a historical responsibility for this area, which displeases the Iraqi government. Turkey has stationed troops in both Iraq and Syria, which represents the dissolving sovereignty of countries in the area. Iraq is not the only country concerned about Turkey's actions. For almost a year, the United States has urged Turkey to respect Iraq's sovereignty. Turkey has undermined the United States's support of Kurdish forces in the Syrian conflict. Some even argue that tensions could lead to a war between Turkey and Iraq.

-Hannah Friedle

Mosul offensive: Turkish and Kurdish forces launch attacks on IS

The Turkish and Kurdish joint military effort in Iraq has been cranked up a notch in recent days with multiple attacks made on ISIS forces throughout the region. These attacks included the securing of a major highway that will limit the IS movement in the area. Turkish officials maintain that they "cannot remain idle" when it comes to military action against the Islamic State even though Iraqi leaders have insisted that Turkish intervention "is not necessary yet." The increasingly inevitable confrontation is looking grim when it comes to displaced civilians as well. Aid agencies are preparing for as many as 1,000,000 people to need shelter as a result of the battles.

- Tanner James

Poland and Abortion

                 Protesters took to the streets of Poland over the weekend, in order to demonstrate their opposition toward new efforts to further regulate abortion laws.  Already recognized for having some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, Poland plans to, more strictly enforce, regulations on abortions; more specifically, Poland plans to outlaw abortions for fetuses that have been deemed "unviable" or "badly damaged".  Women's rights activists throughout the country are, undoubtedly, outraged and protested accordingly; many argue that harsher restrictions on abortion, will only continue to drive the practice "underground".  According to the article, illegal abortions are far more common in Poland than legal abortions, and the concern is that this trend will continue to rise.  Protests are expected to continue into this upcoming week until these issues are truly discussed.

-Jaedyn Krebs-Carr

Congress suddenly has buyer's remorse for overriding Obama's veto

Congressional leaders from both parties, including the Senator who sponsored the bill, expressed doubts over the wisdom of a new bill which allows 9/11 victims' families to sue foreign nations over their involvement with the attack. The leaders are worried about a possible situation where foreign citizens could sue the United States over possible wrongdoing, especially relating to the US Military presence overseas. President Obama vetoed the bill, citing these same objections, but the veto was overruled, a rare occurrence.

-Clayton Bailey

Indian Bollywood director: No more Pakistani talent

A popular director in the Indian movie industry has called for a suspension of Pakistani and Indian cooperation in film-making, following recent boarder conflicts between the two nations. While the director says that his nation comes before his movies, there have also been reports that he has been threatened with violence because of the upcoming release of a new movie that features a Pakistani actor. Movies like his are very popular in both countries, with an estimated two-thirds of Pakistani Cinema revenue being generated by Bollywood movies.

-Clayton Bailey

26 Asian Sailors Released After Ransom, Somali Pirate Says

A total of 26 Asian sailors were held hostage for more that four years. Recently, the last of a ransom was paid that was keeping these sailors captive. The captive sailors were from numerous countries including: Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, and the Philippines. All of them were held by Somalis pirates. The ransom was for a total of $1.5 million, however, the claim couldn't be verified. The sailors were taken back to their homeland by U.N. humanitarian flights. although, not everyone seemed to make it out alive. One sailor died during the hijacking while two others had passed away from illnesses in captivity. Now, the remaining sailors are undergoing treatment and spending quality time with their loved ones.

Alexa Ortiz

Haiti Authorities Nab Some 1 Dozen of 172 Escaped Inmates

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew's devastating effects on Haiti, local police have been searching for escaped prisoners and criminals who escaped by overpowering guards in central Haiti. The prison break occurred in Arcahaie, located 30 miles north of the capital. During the prison break, one guard was reported to have been killed, several others injured. One escapee was also reported to have been killed when attempting to scale over a wall. The prison was housing 266 inmates, 172 of which escaped the compound.

-Chase Gozdziak

El Chapo: Coming to a City Near You

It has been a while since I last heard about the notorious Mexican drug king-pin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Recently, a Mexican federal judge agreed to extradite El Chapo to the United States, although this will not happen over night. Joaquin Guzman is among several drug smugglers that were indicted in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1990 and 2005, they imported more than 260,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States. I’m fascinated with the drug-dealing mentality that people like El Chapo or Pablo Escobar have. They are smart business people and it’s cool to see it unravel on shows like Narcos.  It’s captivating and interesting. Besides New York, El Chapo also faces charges in Arizona, California, Texas, New Hampshire, Florida, and even Illinois. I also think it’s funny how he has managed to escape from jail multiple times, specifically the Altiplano jail that’s supposed to be “top security”. El Chapo is quite the character. Lucky for him, and for the spectators awaiting his next big move, if he is convicted, he will not receive the death penalty as Mexico does not favor death sentences. 

--Jazmin Galindo

No Easy Mold to Fill to Become a Latino Texas Politician

Texas has the most Latino elected politicians in all of America. Even though most are Democrats it causes an electorate split along racial, ethnic, party and socioeconomically. Manny Fernandez writes about the Five Unwritten rules that is takes part in being a Latino politician in Texas.

-Maria Dementieva

Afghan Opium Production Rises

Estimated opium production in Afghanistan has risen by 43 percent to 4,800 metric tonnes in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Rodney Ross

Police Investigating Deadly Explosions North of Tokyo

80 miles north of Tokyo, explosions went off in a parking lot and a nearby park this morning. The explosions killed one man and injured three others. The police were able to identify the deceased man as  Toshikatsu Kurihara. He was 72 years old. He was found in the park. Mr. Kurihara was a former officer in Japan's military and the police had found what appeared to be a suicide note on his clothes. The police would not immediately confirm those details. If this was a suicide, at this point, the police cannot say whether this was meant to harm other people. Aside form injuring three others, the bombs also destroyed 3 cars as well as damaging a building nearby. Mr. Kurihara's home also burned down 30 minutes before the explosion in the parking lot went off. Police haven't released any information if there is a connection, but it appears that there most certainly could be on there.

Lauren Whelan

South Africa Wants to Withdraw From the Int'l Criminal Court

South Africa is going to submit a bill to parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. This decision follows a dispute from last year when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity (genocide in Darfur) visited the country.  AL-Bashir was allowed to leave the country even though local courts ordered his prevention from leaving because of the international order for his arrest. South Africa is the second country to leave the ICC, following Burundi after they had a bitter dispute over human rights in their country. Some have argued that the ICC has unfairly targeted Africa, however many of recent genocides and major human rights violations have occurred in this area.

Alex Khatcherian

The Dangers of Hillary Clinton: As the Election Draws Near

As the U.S election has indeed captivated not only the United States attention, but the world's, it seemed apt to post about an interesting article concerning the outcome of the election, just weeks before it actually takes place.

The New York Times published an article Friday by Ross Douthat entitled "The Dangers of Hillary Clinton." Although it sounds like a run of the mill article bashing the would-be Clinton administration, Douthat makes an intriguing point: although Trump is a terrifying selection, Clinton is a true byproduct of elitist groupthink, traditionally following the common (or accepted) train of thought on foreign and domestic policy. Some points the article brings up are her stances over the years on the Iraq war, and Russian conflict. With each swing of popular thought, her own platform has shifted incredibly. 

Douthat points out that although Trump supporters are almost admitting as much as "we've tried sane, now let's try crazy," Clinton really may be- more of the same. 

Please see the link below to read the full article! It goes further in depth, and is a quick read.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Muslims pray near Rome's Colosseum in protest

Hundreds of Muslims offered prayers near the Rome’s Colosseum as a protest for closing mosques and other Islamic religious centers in Italy. The protest was held because Muslims felt they had unfair restrictions on freedom to practice faith, the organizers called for the protest after the recent closure of many mosques on administrative grounds.  The worshippers knelt to pray on prayer mats and held placards reading “peace” and “open the mosques”. A Bangladeshi group, Dhuumcatu, had organized the protests and complained that Muslim places of worship had been illegally banned by authorities on bases of building violation. The group wants city hall to intervene and address the issue. Politician Barbara Saltamartini said the protest was an “unacceptable provocation” and should have never happened in Rome. In Italy, Islam is not recognized as an official religion, unlike Judaism or the Mormon faith, and many Muslims from North Africa and South Asia feel discriminated against on the grounds of both race and religion.

Anisha Venkatesh Babu

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Days After Failed Missile Test by North Korea, Another Failure

On Thursday in Seoul, South Korea, launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile which the United States military confirmed was a failure. This was North Korea's second failed attempt to flight-test an intermediate-range ballistic missile in five days. The missile test took place near the northwestern city of Kusong, known to the outside world as the Musudan. The news release said that the launch posed no threat to North America.

-Taylor Sikora

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ecuador Restricts Internet Access

Ecuador has restricted internet access for Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks. Assange lives in Ecuador's London embassy which is the cause for Ecuador's concern. WikiLeaks has been releasing important, secret information that could effect the current U.S election and Ecuador does not want to be associated with this. This is a great example of states wanting to respect the rules of sovereignty. Ecuador does not want to interfere with or harbor anyone who may interfere with the political affairs of the U.S for the sake of respecting its right to govern its people how it sees fit.

-Mynk R.C.

Eduardo Cunha, the Brazilian read of the congress, got arrested

A anti-corruption operation has been led in Brazil the last months. The operation is been successful and the judge Sergio Moro is arresting many powerful politicians in the country. Today Eduardo Cunha, the read of the Brazilian congress, got arrested in the capital, Brasilia. The accusations were that Mr. Cunha took over 5 million dollars in bribes from the biggest oil company in the country, Petrobras, and was keeping the money in a secret account in Switzerland.

Ana Maria Gentil

Saudi Arabia Executes Prince

On Tuesday October 18, Saudi Arabia executed a member of their royal family.  Prince Turki bin Saud Al-Kabeer was executed after being convicted of murdering a man.  Supposedly during a 'group quarrel' a shot was fired killing a man.  The family of the victim refused a pay-off and demanded justice.  No details were released regarding how the prince was executed.

-Andres Terronez

Ecuador Cuts Internet of WikiLeaks' Founder, Julian Assagne

Julian Assange exiled himself to the Ecuador Embassy seeking asylum from rape charges. The founder of WikiLeaks has immunity in this embassy and has been hiding for just over four years now. Ecuador announced that while Assange has not been evicted from the embassy, he has been disconnected from the internet, in order for the embassy to distance itself from the source of leaks. WikiLeaks has been targeting Hilary Clinton and her campaign in its most recent leaks, and Ecuador wants nothing to do with the attempts to sway the election.

Jackie Diaz

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hours after Russian airstrikes killed 20 members of one family, including nine children, in Aleppo, Russia says that it will halt airstrikes on the rebel held section of the city. Airstrikes are to stop for 8 hours on Thursday, starting at 8 am according to General Sergey Rudskoy, also urging rebels to leave the city. Six corridors are to be opened to move civilians out of the city. Two corridors are opened for rebels to leave. According to the article, since Sunday, at least 45 people have been killed in two neighborhoods in Aleppo.

-Allie Downer

Monday, October 17, 2016

Assault on Aleppo Will Halt for 8 Hours, Russia Says

Russia is Ceasing fire in Aleppo for 8 hours a day. Russia says its a humanitarian pause, so that humanitarian organizations can evaluate the sick and wounded. But Pavel E. Fengelhauer, a military analyst thinks its a military tactic to trick jihadist fighters into a mind field


-Maria Dementieva

Rise of Saudi Prince Shatters Decades of Royal Tradition

The rise of Prince bin Salman has shattered decades of tradition in the royal family, where respect for seniority and power-sharing among branches are time-honored traditions. Never before in Saudi history has so much power been wielded by the deputy crown prince, who is second in line to the throne. That centralization of authority has angered many of his relatives. Because of his actions last week of buying a $550 million dollar yacht on sight when on vacation in France proves that he still firmly believes in royal privilege while he still is a paradox. 31-year-old Prince bin Salman: a man who is trying to overturn tradition, reinvent the economy and consolidate power — while holding tight to his royal privilege

David Soto

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Japan seeks return of US Military Land in Okinawa by Year's End.

The Japanese government wants the U.S to return a large portion of land used by the U.S Military to train its soldiers. This is due to the high burden of hosting these bases on the the islands of Okinawa, where most of these bases are located. The U.S had agreed to the return half of the training area in 1996, but the Okinawa government has been at odds with the central government , saying that Okinawa itself bears most of the burden of hosting U.S military facilities and that most of them should be relocated out of the prefecture. The Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, plans to reach an agreement over the relocation of these bases by the end of the year.

-Mohammed Khan

ISIS in the crosshairs: Battle for Mosul begins

The final push to force ISIS out of Iraq is beginning soon. The force which is comprised of Iraqi security forces and military, and Kurdish fighters. The coalition is supported by 30 US and British advisors as well as an artillery unit. This fight is important because the city of Mosul is the last major stronghold that ISIS controls in Iraq, as well as being a port which they use to sell goods and bring in fighters and money. This battle is expected to take months because even if the initial battle is successful it is believed that ISIS will leave behind sleeper sells to continue attacking weeks after the major combat has ceased. This battle will determine the future of ISIS thats why it is so significant.
-Sean Raleigh
Trump is claiming that the voting System is rigged to make him lose, and that there is wide spread fraud in the election. Many republicans are appalled at trumps claims. Republicans are once again having a hard time not making loyal republican voters angry.

-Maria Dementieva

Philippine President attacks United States and President Obama amid military cooperation

The militaries of the United States and the Philippines are currently working together on "amphibious military drills." In spite of this, the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made statements this week viciously attacking the United States, one the closest allies of the Philippines. Duterte has become well-known as a controversial world leader since his election in June, and fosters a public image as a "politically incorrect" straight talker who unreservedly says what is on his mind. In the United States, he has been widely compared to presidential candidate Donald Trump. Duterte is best known for his war on drugs, in which drug dealers are not merely stopped and arrested, but rather, killed and executed. 3000 suspected drug dealers have been killed as a result of Duterte's campaign. Duterte attacked the United States for criticizing him rather than funding his war on drugs, in spite of China's and Russia's aid to this war, saying that Obama can "go to hell" and that the European Union is almost as bad as the United States, and that the EU "better choose purgatory, hell is filled up." The Philippines' enhanced diplomatic relations with China is undermining U.S. power in the Philippines, which is manifested through the use of Philippine military bases. The author ends by suggesting that the United States ought to seek other allies in Southeast Asia in their standoff with China.

Justin Wysocke

China drops one-child policy, but ‘exhausted’ tiger moms say one is plenty

As stated in the title, China's government has uplifted the law on having one child. Due to a rapidly aging population, the country hopes to encourage Chinese families to have bigger families to ensure the success of future generations. However this time around, Chinese families have since become acclimated to the one child system. Having just one child is not only tradition, but the only economically feasible option. The immense pressure of education in China has led to many families investing heavily in their child's education from the time their child starts grade school. In this article, a middle class family is spending $10,000 per year just on after-school classes for their one son. With these issues in mind, it would be difficult to expect Chinese families to grow accustomed to having more than one child in the near future despite the change in law.

-Drew Truckenmiller