Brian F. Bridgeforth

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Félix Tshisekedi

Congo’s New President: Félix Tshisekedi

February 9, 2019

The Democratic Republic of Congo finally has a new leader after years of misrule by Joseph Kabila.  On January 24, Félix Tshisekedi was sworn in as the country’s new leader, however, his legitimacy is a

Yellow Vest Protesters

Emmanuel Macron Versus the Yellow Vests

January 15, 2019

Emmanuel Macron, the bulwark against populist nationalism in Europe, is facing the biggest test of his presidency so far. After 18 months of positive reforms, including rolling back the incentive-killing high taxes that France and


Thomas Jefferson and Monticello

Thomas Jefferson and Monticello

January 17, 2019

One of the pleasures of growing up and living in Virginia is being surrounded by its great history which has had a profound effect on not only the course of the United States, but also

Leopold II

Leopold II and the Rape of the Congo

June 11, 2018

King Leopold II of Belgium is remembered in history as a monster.  His atrocities in the Congo committed in the name of greed are the darkest chapters of European colonialism.  Through the period from the


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Trump Faces a New Congress Amidst a Government Shutdown

January 5, 2019

January 3 saw a new congress sworn in in Washington that represents the results from November’s midterm elections which saw devastating losses for Republicans. While the GOP maintained their control of the Senate and gained

Trump White House

A Coup in the Trump White House

September 8, 2018

Washington was shocked to its core this week after an anonymous New York Times op-ed was published by a “senior official in the Trump administration” stating that there is a group of people in the

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