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Hong Kong’s Leader: We Have Too Many Poor People to Allow Direct Elections

Since the end of last month, hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government’s attempts to maintain its stranglehold on political authority there. In 2017, Hong Kong is set to choose a new chief executive in the first ever democratic election for that position (all the chief executives up to now have been directly appointed by the Chinese government). The only problem: Beijing wants the power to “vet” any and all candidates for

North Korea Says Remains of Thousands of U.S. Soldiers Being Moved “En Masse”

In a state media dispatch Monday, an unidentified North Korean military spokesman said that the remains of American soldiers are being, “…left here and there uncared and carried away en masse.”   The spokesman said that this was the result of building projects, land reorganization and damage from recent floods. 8,000 U.S. service members are listed as missing from the Korean War, which lasted from 1950-1953. About 5,300 of these 8,000 are believed to be in North Korea. From 1996 to 2005, North Korea

Water Wars: How ISIS Is Using Water As A Weapon of Control

Editor’s note: The Higher Learning is excited to announce that we have acquired another talented new author! Max Wingert is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received a degree in Communications (with a minor in Japanese). He wrote the following article. The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has proven to be a more sophisticated enemy than terrorist groups of the past, fighting to seize infrastructure and resources for the purposes of population control and extortion, rather

Amidst Growing Tension, Violence Breaks Out In Hong Kong’s Protests

It is now day 6 of the Hong Kong Occupy Movement, a series of pro-Democracy protests that started this past Saturday. The movement began with university students, who continue to be the main actors in the protests. Yesterday, Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Carrie Lam agreed to carry out talks between the students and the government, but the students have demanded that these talks be publicly televised, a stipulation that leadership in Beijing is not at all comfortable with. Now, there are even

Germany Just Scrapped ALL Their Tuition Fees- Can We Can Get A Break Here in the US??

While the average college graduate in the United States is graduating with about $30,000 in student loan debt, Germany has decided that even much lower levels of tuition are simply unacceptable. The state of Lower Saxony, in northwest Germany, was the last of the country’s 16 states to do away with tuition fees. Dorothee Stapelfeldt is a senator in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. She is also head of Hamburg’s Department of Science and Research. She spoke to The Times about the

Why Tens of Thousands of People Are Shutting Down the Streets of Hong Kong in Protest

Though it may seem a bit strange, Hong Kong has only been part of China for the past 17 years. Before that, it spent 156 years as a British colony, from 1839 all the way up until 1997 (other than a 4-year Japanese occupation during WWII). Because of this western connection, Hong Kong has long been the primary source of foreign investment in China, and its financial sector is one of the largest and most lucrative in the world. So it’s

Nigerian Military Kills Boko Haram Leader and Captures Hundreds of Militants

Earlier today, the Nigerian military announced that nearly 270 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered this week following a military offensive against the Islamic militant group in northeast Nigeria. A military spokesman also announced that the Nigerian military had killed Boko Haram’s current leader, Mohammed Bashir. The group’s original leader, Abubakar Shekau, is thought to have died back in 2009. Nigerian officials say that following Shekau’s death, Bashir (who looks a lot like the late Shekau) began to impersonate the leader. “[Bashir] had been

ISIS Is Making Nearly $100 Million Per Month Selling Oil. Who’s Buying It?

ISIS is raking in the oil money. The Iraq Energy Institute estimates that the terrorist organization is making approximately $3.2 million per day selling oil on the black market: $1.2 from oil in Iraq and $2 million from oil in Syria. A complex smuggling operation funnels the oil out of the region through Iran, Kurdistan, Jordan, Turkey and Syria. Hussein Allawi is the manager of the Iraq Energy Institute in Baghdad. He told CNN, “They use oil tank trucks instead of oil pipes.

Thousands of Russians In Moscow and St. Petersburg March In Anti-War Protests

Large crowds holding both Russian and Ukrainian flags flood the streets of Moscow to protest Russia's covert actions in Ukraine (Photo: RIA Novosti)

Today, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities across Russia, thousands of Russian citizens protested what they see as a covert war being carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine. The protests mark the largest demonstrations since Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in May of 2012. SONAR, an independent monitoring group that counted protestors as they passed through security checkpoints, estimated that around 26,000 protestors took part in the Moscow marches alone. NATO released satellite

5 Months After the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign, Nothing Has Been Done

Do you remember back in April when social media was flooded with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls following the kidnapping of 270 girls from a school in Nigeria by the militant group Boko Haram? Everyone got in on the hashtag, from Queen Latifa to Malala Yousafzai and Michele Obama. But what has been done since then? Pretty much nothing actually. Though 57 of the girls managed to escape within the first few days, not a single girl has actually been rescued. How could this be,

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