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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,

8 Russian Military Aircraft Intercepted By U.S. and Canadian Air Force

Yesterday evening, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) reported that a total of 8 Russian military aircraft had been intercepted along the west coasts of Canada and Alaska on Thursday. The crafts were intercepted in two separate events. In one encounter, two American F-22s based in Alaska intercepted, “two Russian IL-78 refueling tankers, two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers” that flew within 55 nautical miles (63.3 regular miles) of the Alaskan coast. NORAD reported that as the

Why Do the Majority of Chinese Citizens Think A War With Japan Is Imminent?

Recently, Genron, a Japanese non-governmental organization, teamed up with the state-run Chinese newspaper China Daily to conduct a survey about how people living in Japan and China felt about the two countries’ relations with one another. The results of the poll were a bit shocking. 53.4% of Chinese citizens believe that a conflict between China and Japan will happen in the near future, with a significant portion saying they believed it would happen within the next five years. In Japan, only 29% of people believed that

The Company Put In Charge of Restoring Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid Is Destroying It

4,600 years ago, the ancient Egyptians built the Saqarra Pyramid as a tomb and monument for Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled from 2686–2613 BC. The Pyramid is composed of 6 limestone “steps”, reaching a total height of just over 200 feet. The inside of the pyramid is a complex system of corridors, culminating in an elaborate granite and marble burial chamber. But the sands of time took their toll on the pyramid, and during the 20th century, restoration efforts began in an attempt to preserve the

The Islamic State Just Beheaded A Second American Journalist

Last month, the Islamic State released a video in which one of their fighters beheaded American journalist James Foley. At the end of that video, the militant group showed images of Steven Sotloff (another kidnapped American journalist), warning that he would meet the same fate if the United States refused to concede to the terms being by the extremist state. Now, it would seem that they have followed through on that threat. Earlier today, an Islamic State video surfaced that appears to show

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