April 8, 2014
by Michael Roberts
"Stop-question-and-frisk" (SQF), a form of proactive policing where officers detain and search persons suspected of illegal activity, has been used by police departments for decades. SQF searches are intended to maintain a level of officer vigilance targeting low-level criminal offenses in order ...[read more]
March 25, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Sparked by frustration with the social and economic conditions in Russia during the country's involvement in World War I, the Russian people rioted against Tsar Nicholas II. The Tsar's government collapsed in February 1917, and this "February Revolution" brought a new socialist economic system ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Michael Roberts
On April 20, 2010, an explosion of high pressure methane gas sank British Petroleum (BP)'s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, causing a leak that became one of the largest oil spills in history. The leak continued until the well was officially sealed on September 21, 2010 and released an estimated ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Detroit, Michigan, the historic epicenter of US automotive manufacturing, was once a beacon of industrial prosperity. The "Motor City" was synonymous with automative giants, such as GM, Ford and Chrysler. In recent decades, however, Detroit has seen significant decreases in both population and ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Obama, served as a major overhaul to the health insurance industry and established preventative services as a top priority. The PPACA requires certain preventative health services to be provided ...[read more]
January 14, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Egypt colonized Sudan in 1874 and the conquest was the first in a series of volatile and bloody attempts at establishing a stable national structure in Sudan. The Egyptian rule was short-lived, and the British soon entered the territory, helping Egypt defend Sudan against revolutionaries and ...[read more]
December 30, 2013
by Michael Roberts
Since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, antitrust efforts have played a major role in fostering corporate competition and preventing monopolies. Using a base of law set out by the Sherman Act, Clayton Act and Federal Trade Commission Act, government agencies work to protect consumers from ...[read more]
November 29, 2013
by Michael Roberts
The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined the Balkan ...[read more]
October 4, 2013
by Michael Roberts
An Italian Senate panel on Friday voted in favor of expelling former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi from his seat in parliament. Berlusconi, who was was convicted of tax fraud in 2012, chose not to appear to defend himself before the panel. The vote, which serves only as a recommendation to the ...[read more]

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