Russia suspends Nuclear Security Pact with U.S.

By: Soondos Mulla-Ossman ~Staff Writer~ Since the final years of the Cold War, Russia and the United States have signed and followed through with a series of accords to reduce the size of nuclear arsenals and limit nuclear usage. In spite of souring relations over the past few years between the U.S. and Russia the agreements have remained intact. This changed when Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree suspending his agreement for both the original Nuclear Security Pact and its many amendments. This particular pact is significant not only because of its enactment but also what it involves: Both … Continue reading Russia suspends Nuclear Security Pact with U.S.

Trade deal opens new markets

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ Negotiations that began in President Barack Obama’s first term for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached a final agreement among all 12 nations involved in the partnership. Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore formed the trade agreement in 2006. Later, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam and the U.S. joined in the proposal of a trade agreement between these Pacific Rim countries. Together, these countries account for 40 percent of the world’s economy. TPP would decrease export tariffs and import quotas, making it less expensive for businesses to export and import from the other … Continue reading Trade deal opens new markets

Obama addresses ISIS threat

By: Ricard Meyer ~Copy Editor~ In a nationally televised speech from the White House, President Barack Obama addressed the rising tension with the terrorist organization known as ISIS in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to update the public on the current situation. On Sept. 10, Obama outlined the planned increase in U.S. military aid. The role of the U.S. military is part of an international support effort for the Iraqi forces. As a part of this aid, 475 American military advisers will be sent to Iraq, increasing the total involvement to about 1,700 persons. President Obama assured the listeners … Continue reading Obama addresses ISIS threat