The Top News Articles of 2016

Happy New Year to PineTreeRepublic readers! As we enter 2017 and approach our second anniversary, it seems like a good moment to continue an emerging annual tradition: the top 10 list of our favourite news articles from the past year. If nothing else, the twists and turns of 2016 demonstrated the importance of high-quality journalism in order to…

Viewpoint: Talkin ‘Bout a Revolution, Part I

Coffee and Politics As I was sitting across the table from my university friend, nearly 10 years later, I couldn’t help noticing the salt and pepper that started sprinkling his hair. We had been roommates for two years while going to school in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduation, he left for graduate studies on the…

Burma Votes: What Does Myanmar’s Election Mean for the West?

The Story On Sunday, November 8, the citizens of the Southeast Asian country Myanmar (commonly known as Burma) voted in the country’s first mostly free elections since a military takeover, more than 50 years ago. The country’s election committee is expected to take weeks in tabulating the official results, especially from rural areas. However, the preliminary…

The Turkish Election: Competing Nationalisms in the Middle East

The Story On Sunday, June 7, Turks voted in a general parliamentary election whose results will likely ripple across the greater Middle East. Surprisingly, Turkish President (and longtime Prime Minister) Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s centre-right Justice and Development Party (AKP) was dealt a relative defeat in winning far fewer seats than expected. While the party retained the highest number of…

Front Page News: May 4, 2015

Good morning, Pine Tree Republic citizens! This week’s Front Page News includes: Lessons from Haiti in rebuilding Nepal after the earthquake; The predatory economic systems that contributed to racial tensions in Baltimore; Canada’s “top-heavy” approach to funding science research; The influence of big city mayors in Alberta’s provincial election. Please share your thoughts on these and…