Islamic State is getting more sophisticated

How was the Islamic State able to take two important cities in Iraq and Syria within a few days of each other? How have the been able to survive despite a continuous barrage of air strikes from the United States and others? Why has the Iraqi military, equipped with United States military technology and training, been unable to hold territory or take it all back systematically? The answers to all of these questions may be that we’re simply underestimating their sophistication. Continue reading Islamic State is getting more sophisticated

New York City underground park may be a template for the future

There’s a certain irony in the Lowline, a project in Manhattan that will attempt to transform an abandoned train station into the world’s first underground park. Technically speaking, city ordinances prevent it from being called a “park” because it is not “open to the sky,” a criteria that the city uses to define a park. Continue reading New York City underground park may be a template for the future

Is Obama’s legacy really falling apart?

Supporters for President Barack Obama have stayed true to his vision for over six years now, but the perception from the general population has been mixed. This is normal for any president, especially a two-term president, but what makes this particular “collapse” of a legacy important is that it’s a democratic president and the naysayers seem to be journalists. Continue reading Is Obama’s legacy really falling apart?

TPP Fast Track passes Senate

The first hurdle has been cleared by the Obama administration as the Senate voted today to advance a measure to give the President fast-track capabilities on the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. This comes after harsh criticism and fighting almost stalled it from his own party. Continue reading TPP Fast Track passes Senate

‘I don’t think we’re losing’ to Islamic State, according to President Obama

Despite recent major victories by the Islamic State, President Obama today reiterated that he believes we are not losing the fight against ISIS. He calls the losses “tactical victories” for the Islamic State and said that Ramadi was in danger for a long time. Continue reading ‘I don’t think we’re losing’ to Islamic State, according to President Obama