Newsworthy – march 6th, 2020

This will be the first season in history that Germany will be unable to produce ice wine, a UN report found most men and women hold biases against females, the coronavirus continues to take its toll on the global economy, the U.S. and Taliban signed a historic deal.

These, and more, are the newsworthy stories from this past week.

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Newsworthy – Jan 18th, 2019

Growing wages, lower-than-expected tax returns, updates to US-China trade relations, colder-region nations benefiting from climate change, and a long awaited army publication on the war in Iraq.

Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.

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Newsworthy – Oct 26th, 2018

World’s largest sea crossing bridge completed, new credit score system to be rolled out in 2019, federal government to attempt to lower costs of Medicare drugs, and human ashes at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.

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Breaking Down the Threat of “Radical Islam”

The following article is a joint publication from Aris Marousas and Yichen Wang.

***The below video does not represent the views and values of The Motley Experience***

 

Aris: Recently, I came across the above video and decided to forward it to some friends. I did this not because I believed or agreed with the points being raised, but because of how they were presented.

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Book Review: Jackdaws

It is 1944 and the Allies are preparing for the invasion of Europe. In the occupied town of Sainte-Cecile, the French Resistance is preparing to blow up the chateau that now houses the crucial telephone exchange connecting the French telephone system to that of Germany. Bombers have been unable to inflict enough damage on the chateau to disrupt communications for more than a few hours at a time, but the Allies need to make sure that communications is down for longer so that there will be as little warning of the invasion as possible.

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China vs Japan: A Story of Nationalism and Old Rivalries

Anyone following world events will have noticed that there continues to be a growing tension in East Asia. The conflict predominantly stems from the rivalry between China and Japan; a rivalry that has stretched back centuries.

Recent headlines concerning the conflict are centered on the dispute of which of the two countries have sovereignty over a small island chain. Japan has legally owned the islands for decades, but has claimed ownership since the late 1800’s. Despite this, China still claims the islands belong to them and have gone so far as to include the islands in their Air Defense Identification Zone. This, of course, has only further aggravated the debate over the island chain, as well as the overall relationship between the two nations.

Conflict between China and Japan is nothing new. Armed conflict dates back centuries. The First Sino-Japanese War was held from 1894 to 1895, mostly over control of Korea. The most infamous conflict held between the two countries was the Second Sino-Japanese War which was held from 1937 until 1945. This war merged with the greater, global conflict being fought in World War II. The main purpose of the Second Sino-Japanese War was to expand Japanese control over China’s vast natural resources, and was a result of Japan’s imperialistic policies. The most controversial event to come out of this war was the Nanking Massacre, commonly referred to as the Rape of Nanking. It is because of such atrocities committed against the people of China, that the relationship between the two nations has never quite healed.

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Is East Asia Stoking the Fire Towards Major Global Conflict?

East Asian Conflict

 

 

Conflict in East Asia, specifically between China and Japan, continues to escalate. A major focus of the conflict seems to be territorial disputes over a small chain of island, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Japan bought the the privately held islands not long ago, nationalizing them, though they have been under Japanese control since 1895. China views these islands as belonging to them and that Japan stole them. In fact, China has included the airspace above the islands in their Air Defense Identification Zone, which requires all aircraft to enter flight plans and radio information.

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High Gasoline Prices Keep Lid on Consumer Spending, Recovery

Gas prices are on the rise, once again, and they are leading to higher prices in other commodities as well.

The price of gasoline has reached $4 per gallon again in some U.S. cities, hurting consumers and businesses, especially those who are poor and middle class. High prices are containing the U.S. and world economy.

Before the onset of the war in Iraq, oil was $25/barrel, higher than normal, because of the strong economy up until 2000, and then September 11.

Not only was the Iraq War long and bloody, but speculators found opportunities to invest in petroleum due to the declining value of the U.S. Dollar; occasional outbursts of terrorism globally; or, even a hurricane.

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Short Story: The Orb

The following is a short story I had to write for one of my summer classes. I ended up spending  a lot more time on it than I originally thought, and am proud of the finished product. That is why I am sharing it here! I may write a follow up to continue the story depending on reviews and how much time I have. Please enjoy and feel free to leave comments:

Part I(?)

The hooves pounded on the ground as the three horses raced to their destination. The riders pushed their horses to the limit to return to Androsia, capitol city of the island nation of Theras. These three men and their mounts were scouts, sent out to patrol the mountain passes and cliff overlooks. While out on their latest patrol they had spotted the sails of their enemy’s ships along the horizon of the Afasian Sea. The scouts of Androsia were expecting the attack. What they were not expecting was the magnitude; several thousand individual ships had been spotted, and there seemed to be a never ending tide of them. This was the burden placed upon the scouts as they raced back to Androsia, to warn of the oncoming tsunami that the enemy had mustered.

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News Update

Some  more quick peeks at what is going on around the world!

  • Federal Reserve officials are considering a new type of bond buying program designed to subdue worries about future inflation if they decide to take new steps to boost the economy in the months ahead.
  • Consumer borrowing rose at an 8.6% annual rate in January, sustaining a trend that began late last year… So people are obviously borrowing, but are they paying back?
  • Apple unveiled the latest iPad, which features a sharper image display and faster communications
  • The Justice Department has warned Apple and five big US publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise e-book prices

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