Author Brian Cerosky

Nearly a month has passed since the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia held a referendum for independence from Spain and tensions only continue to rise. Brutal police crackdowns, including the merciless beating of protestors by Spanish police and the seizing of ballot boxes, ensued on Oct. 1 during an independence referendum vote. The people of Catalonia, especially the representative body of the region, have demanded unilateral independence from Spain. The Spanish government responded with threats to dissolve the semi-autonomous government of Catalonia, shut down the media of the region, and even conduct paramilitary operations to regain complete control, according to the…

In order to understand the situation in Spain, it’s important for one to know what Catalonia is and who it’s people are, what they have endured under Spanish rule for centuries, and why they are demanding independence from an objectively modern, secular, and advanced western power. Historical research conducted by Joan Costa Carreras, Alan Yates, Pompeu Fabra, John H. Elliot, Paul Preston, who are just a fraction of the researchers who have evidence and knowledge of the region, have been studying and writing books about Catalonia for decades. The following information is conclusive research and evidence conducted by these historians.…

According to an ongoing analysis by the BBC titled “Venezuelan Crisis: What is behind the turmoil?”, much of this crisis began in 1998 with the election of Hugo Chavez, a member and proponent of the “Bolivarian Revolution;” a left-wing populism social movement aimed at the implementation of popular democracy (a form of direct democracy), economic independence, revenue equality, and an end to political corruption once and for all. Upon winning the election, Chavez began implementing revolutionary reforms in Venezuela, even going so far as to write a completely new constitution for the nation. Chavez made it his mission to help…

tribulant_slideshow gallery_id=”160″] For more than four years, the oil-rich Latin American country of Venezuela has experienced a significant turn for the worse both politically and economically, sending millions of native Venezuelans into poverty and sparking outrage and protest across the country. Thousands now flee the country to seek a better life for themselves elsewhere, while others cross the border into Colombia to purchase food and water because none can be found locally. “The current situation includes shortages of food and medicines, the world’s highest criminal rate, dreadful sanitary conditions, constant violation of human rights, numerous corruption scandals, political prisoners, and…

After a turbulent nine months in office, President Trump has made some drastic and ambitious decisions in his presidency. From issuing the controversial banning of Muslim immigrants from a set list of Muslim majority countries to the dissolution of DACA, Trump has made headway and encountered some roadblocks in achieving his campaign promises. Unfortunately for the public, and even Congress, for that matter, it is difficult to say what Trump currently wants to do or in what direction he wishes for America to be headed domestically. Aside from the American Health Care bill and his staunch stance against immigration, little…

On the campaign trail, then presidential candidate and now President of the United States Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the nation. Trump cites that such individuals are potential risks to national security and that everything needs to be done to preserve American lives. On Jan. 27, Trump put that promise into action by signing off on his fifth executive order that held very specific and various implications for immigrants, asylum seekers, and the federal government at large, sparking riots and protests in airports nationwide for many days. The first provision of Trump’s order called for…

The vice presidential debates over the years, according to NBC political analysts, have never made a large impact on the outcome of an election. Despite this analysis, the debate went on as scheduled, starting in the late evening hour of nine-o-clock on Oct. 5 with Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Governor Mike Pence of Indiana taking to the debate stage at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., both setting for themselves the goal of defending their running mate and presenting their policies. Controversy had surrounded the Donald Trump campaign days before the debate started in which three documents leaked to…

The first of three 2016 presidential debates was held on Sept. 26 with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton taking the stage at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y. The two presidential candidates clashed over the topics of taxes, national defense, healing racial relations, and many more controversial national issues. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt asked the questions and attempted to moderate both Trump and Clinton as the debate dragged on, with both candidates attacking each other’s platforms throughout the night. Holt was seen as a partisan moderator as he failed to ask pressing questions to Clinton and seemed to…

The United States currently employs over 1.3 million active military personnel with over 800,000 in reserves. According to data collected by Time Magazine, over 150,000 personnel are stationed overseas in over 800 military bases in more than 150 countries around the globe. This means that the United States’ military is involved in 76% of the world’s nations in some way. One has to wonder what this network of military infrastructure and resources hopes to achieve, and perhaps whether or not the goals of the federal government in this regard are in the best interest of the public at large. In…

Taxes. Everybody hates paying them, and even more people hate filing them come tax season. The idea of taxes has been around since the dawn of civilization, and for good reason. The revenue generated by taxing the population of a nation is used to improve the infrastructure and overall standard of living of the country through several means. According to the Tax Policy Center, 80% of all government revenue comes from income and payroll taxes alone, roughly equaling 2.4 trillion dollars a year with an additional 420 billion coming in from corporate and excise taxes respectively. The federal government has…

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