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Sioux Native Americans Release Statement Calling Keystone XL Pipeline “An Act of War”

In 2008, Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada began construction on the Keystone Pipeline, an extensive, four-phase pipeline project to connect Canadian tar sands (a vast source of crude oil) to refineries and distribution centers in the U.S. The first phase, completed in 2010, is a 2,147-mi stretch of pipeline that runs from Hardisty, Alberta to southern Illinois via Steele City, Nebraska. Phase II, completed in early 2011, added another 291 miles of pipeline, connecting the Keystone pipeline in Steele City

Russia and China Just Signed A $400 Billion Gas Deal. What Does It Mean For Global Affairs?

On May 21st of this year, China and Russia signed an enormous gas deal, worth an estimated $400 billion. The agreement calls for Russia’s government-controlled Gazprom to supply state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation with up to 38 billion cubic metres of gas a year over the span of 30 years, beginning in 2018. On November 10th, China and Russia struck a second agreement that deepened their budding energy ties. The new deal lessens Russian reliance on Europe and secures almost a fifth of the gas supplies China

U.N. General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor of Ending U.S. Embargo On Cuba

For the 23rd straight year, the United Nations General Assembly has once again voted to condemn the American embargo on Cuba. Out of the 193 member countries, 188 voted in favor of the “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” resolution. Only two countries, the U.S. and Israel, voted against the resolution (Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained from the vote). The Cuban embargo was enacted in 1960 to impose economic regulations, travel restrictions,

This 18-Year-Old from West Virginia Just Became America’s Youngest State Lawmaker

Saira Blair is not your average 18-year-old. If the rigors of studying geology and economics as a freshman at West Virginia University weren’t enough, she now has another significant responsibility on her hands: carrying out the duties of a state legislator. After campaigning out of her dorm room, Blair, who describes herself as a fiscally conservative Republican, defeated Democratic candidate Layne Diehl, a 44-year-old attorney from Martinsburg, WV. The race wasn’t even close, actually: Blair carried an impressive 63% of the vote in West Virginia’s 59th district (a small

Midterm 2014 Results: Republicans Take Control of Both Houses of Congress

Last night was a good night for Republicans. First off, they gained 13 seats in the House of Representatives to further strengthen their majority there (they now hold 243 seats vs. the Democrats’ 175). But more importantly, they also gained 7 seats in the Senate, flipping the balance of power there back to the GOP, which now holds 52 seats vs. the Democrat’s 45. This marks the first time that Republicans have held both houses of Congress since 2006. Republican candidates dominated in

Were Our Most Celebrated Leaders All Good, Moral People? (Opinion Piece)

Before I really get into this piece, I just want to warn you that after reading it, you may never look at some of history’s most honored figures the same way ever again. That being said, let’s start off in the present. Next Tuesday, November 4th, Americans will vote in the midterm elections to decide the political fate of the American Congress. As usual, underhanded, and just downright offensive mud-slinging tactics have been being used for political gains all over the

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

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