Top 10 News Articles of 2015

Ed. Note: Happy New Year to all PineTreeRepublic citizens! As a brief personal aside, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read, like, share, and perhaps even comment on the posts that have appeared on this blog over the past year. I started this project just under a year ago out of…

The Top Five World Music Albums of 2015 (So Far)

2015 has been a great year for world music so far. African bands in particular have had a banner year, with groups from Mali, Niger, and the Congo issuing original music that transcends boundaries. In other parts of the world, collaboration between different traditions has also led to exciting musical discoveries.   If you’re looking to…

The TPP Trade Deal and the Dilemma of American Liberalism

The Story On Friday, June 12, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a bill called Trade Promotion Authority, which would have given President Barack Obama strong negotiating power to conclude a deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In the works for 10 years, the TPP is a proposed free-trade agreement that would more closely link…

Front Page News: April 13, 2015

Good morning Pine Tree Republic citizens! In our Front Page News features, I share 3-5 of the top news stories from the past week and discuss the broader global context in which they occurred. Each post concludes with questions to follow in the coming days and weeks to better understand how today’s news shapes tomorrow’s world. As always,…

Front Page News: April 6, 2015

Good morning Pine Tree Republic citizens! In our Front Page News features, I share 3-5 of the top news stories from the past week and discuss the broader global context in which they occurred. Each post concludes with questions to follow in the coming days and weeks to better understand how today’s news shapes tomorrow’s world. As always,…