March 25, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Ukrainian Crisis The Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych announced on November 21, 2013, that it had suspended preparation for a trade deal with the European Union. The decision purportedly came about as a result of intense pressure from the Russian Federation to reject ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Settlements with the US Department of Justice The US Department of Justice announced on November 19, 2013 that JPMorgan Chase & Co. had agreed to a record-setting $13 billion settlement over its risky mortgage practices that played a role in the 2008 financial crisis. ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit, Michigan filed a petition declaring Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division. Detroit's attempt to declare bankruptcy briefly came to a halt on July 22, 2013, when Michigan Circuit ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
As part of its 1873 anti-obscenity law, known as the Comstock Act, the US Congress prohibited the interstate transfer of any contraceptive medicines. The Act made the sale or possession within the US of "Articles of immoral Use," such as birth control, and the dissemination of information about ...[read more]
January 14, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In January 2005, the Sudanese government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed a historic peace accord and, in the process, laid the foundation for the formation of South Sudan. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement concluded a 21-year civil war between the parties and sought to ...[read more]
December 30, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Following the Wright brothers' successful first flight in 1903, business took to the skies. Some early companies, such as All American Aviation, provided mail courier service for specific regions of the US. All American Aviation, which would later become US Airways, was founded in 1939 as a ...[read more]
December 17, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
During the colonial and revolutionary period of the US, most Americans practiced agriculture. The early US also had a substantial population of laborers, a group that included artisans, indentured servants and slaves. Many laborers resided in the major colonial cities of Philadelphia, New York and ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Europe, the source of many immigrants to the American colonies, is defined by a history of interaction between the church and the state. In 1095, European noblemen responded to the pleas of the Catholic Pope Urban II and embarked on the First Crusade. The Catholic Church and European leaders ...[read more]
November 1, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The US War on Drugs started in earnest during the 1970's. The US Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act in 1970, following the spread of recreational drug use during the 1960's and of drug addictions of US soldiers serving in the Vietnam War. Particularly troubled ...[read more]

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