March 1, 2016: The Most Super of Super Tuesdays

March 1, 2016: The Most Super of Super Tuesdays

The fringe political parties are alive and well... thriving off of the polarized left and right sides of the ideological spectrum.  This Super Tuesday should make moderate Americans wake up; there will no longer be another snooze button to hit.  These two trends indicate that both parties are becoming more dynamic and diverse in opinion.  However, the more dynamic and diverse, the greater the likelihood for fracturing.

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A Perplexing Papacy

A Perplexing Papacy

Pope Francis is a religious leader that many have grown quite fond of since his 2013 selection.  His progressive policies on homosexuality and other contentious social issues have connected him with many global citizens in ways recent Popes have not.  Though what came across as a surprise this week were the Pope’s comments during a tour of Mexico, propelling Francis into the crosshairs of the 2016 US Presidential election – arguably a place no one would voluntarily approach.  If you are opinionated on matters of the Vatican, Donald Trump, or immigration, I implore you to continue reading so we have some interesting comments to read below.

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Glitzy Italy: Travelers Beware?

Glitzy Italy: Travelers Beware?

What is all the fuss about Italy?  What is it that makes Italy such an appealing and romantic destination?  After returning home from my third trip to Italy, and spending nearly a week from Tuscany through Naples, I couldn’t help but question why Italy has become such a hot spot to visit.  If I pulled out the label ‘Italy’ from this entire article, I assure most of you would not want to visit this unnamed location.  I was beside myself when transiting the rural parts of Italy, thinking, is this really a Western European country?!  Throwback to 1900.

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A Literary Review

A Literary Review

It's 115 degrees in the shade under the canopies covering the market in Muscat, Oman.  Women cloaked entirely in black walk in groups of two and three through the market passing vendors selling food for the locals. Men are elaborately fashioned with a kumma—traditional Omani men's hats—for tourists.  It's 2009 and I am 21 years-old and completely enthralled, walking around a market in an ancient port city, which traces its historyback some 2,500 years.  Robert Ames, career CIA case officer and subject of the new biography The Good Spy by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird, walked in this same market 40 years earlier in October 1967.

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