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The Ukrainian Crisis: A New Cold War? – Coming Soon

By Niles Wimber

Amid the new outbreaks of violence in Kiev, I’m putting together a piece looking at where the United States and Russia stand on the issue, specifically on the huge strategic positions both sides stand to gain or lose in the conflict. From what analysis I’ve seen, it’s incidents like these that threaten to re-freeze relations between East and West, thus starting a new Cold War.

Source: AFP/BBC

Source: AFP/BBC

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The Sochi Backstory That You Won’t Hear From NBC…

By Niles Wimber

The Sochi Olympic Games have been fairly unusual from Olympics past due to the wild fear mongering about terrorist attacks on the Games themselves (even though the rest of Russia is what’s threatened). They’ve also been under scrutiny due to Russia’s new anti-gay activism laws and the very under-whelming accommodations for foreigners. These three topics have been widely covered in the media but as always, there are a few key things that they just so happen to leave out.
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Sly Words: How the News Media Tells You What to Think…

By Niles Wimber

I had a high school AP English class where, near the end of the year, we had a series of “physical debates”. After the overall question was asked, sections of the room were labeled with varying degrees of “agree” or “disagree” and, as the debate progressed, you would physically move around the room to the section that matched your current opinion. This usually boiled down to one or two students who adamantly opposed each other and the rest of us moving to one side or the other.

On one particular day, the topic was globalization. At one point in the conversation, I gave an example to explain investment: a mayor convincing backers to construct a pillow factory that would support a small third-world community. Most of the class had moved to my side after hearing that.
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What the Playdough Bomb means for America…

By Niles Wimber

It’s a warm Friday evening, the third week in May. Memorial Day weekend. Everyone is in a rush to meet family for the holiday and nowhere is that more visible than the crowds thronging Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Amidst the thousands milling through Terminal South, a man walks up to one of the curbside check-in points, suitcase in hand. He smiles at the agent behind the desk as he presents his boarding pass for a flight to New York. As she tags his suitcase, they have a friendly conversation about the last Hawks game in Phillips Arena. When she’s finished, he thanks her warmly and walks on into the airport. He then promptly heads to the MARTA train station and boards a train for downtown. In the bustle, he is a ghost. Just like the other three men spread across the other terminals.
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“An Hard Saying…” will be going live on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 with our first article about what a major failure in US airport security means for you and how it can be fixed. For now, you can read about … Continue reading