Articles by Joshua Brossmann

Carbon tax could be solution to climate issue

Polar ice caps melting, rising sea levels, the Maldives disappearing and monstrous hurricanes are just some of the effects of climate change. What to do about climate change or what causes it have largely been a partisan issue. However, James Hansen, an expert climatologist from NASA, may have the answer for a partisan-driven Washington –…

Obama visits South Korea

President Barack Obama visited South Korea this past weekend for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) and pronounced he still was aiming for “a world without nuclear weapons.” This statement came nearly two years after Obama declared that the only purpose of the United States nuclear weapons arsenal is to deter other countries from using…

Russian admittance to WTO relies on repeal of debated trade restrictions

The Cold War may have ended over 20 years ago, but some U.S. trade restrictions on Russia still remain on the books. The Jackson-Vanik amendment precludes the United States establishing normal trade relations with a country that is ruled by a communist government. It was also placed on Russia because they restricted emigration of their…

Senate discussing cyber protection bill against foreign hackers

American citizens are not the only ones at risk of being hacked. The federal government is also vulnerable to malicious cyber attacks from Russian and Chinese hackers. To answer these security concerns, the Senate is currently discussing the Cyber Security Act of 2012. The bill largely increases the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) role in…

US imposes economic sanctions on Iran

With the fear of Iran emerging as the next nuclear weapons state, Washington stepped up their economic sanctions on Monday. The new mandates give U.S. banks the ability to freeze assets associated with the Iranian government. Iran has admitted it has enriched uranium up to 20 percent which makes it much easier to turn that…

Obama puts faith in new tax plan

With elections less than a year away and unemployment still at 8.5 percent, there is doubt that President Obama will be able to solve enough of the economic woes so he can be re-elected. His only hope is that Congress will be able to pass some of his piecemeal economic reform legislation to alleviate some…

Obama proposes South Korean Free Trade Agreement

President Barack Obama submitted a free trade agreement (FTA) to South Korea,  along with similar deals for Panama and Colombia to Congress on Monday. Obama has been pushing Congress to pass the bills arguing that it would be mutually beneficial. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak left his country to personally meet Obama on Thursday regarding…

Obama finding support evasive for proposed American Jobs Act

It has been nearly a month since President Barack Obama presented the American Jobs Act. The nearly $450 billion proposal is designed to help jump start the economy. But it appears that with the divided Congress it will be impossible for Obama to gain the necessary support in either chamber. President Barack Obama speaks about…

Women win suffrage in Saudi Arabia

The 87-year-old King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia took a massive step in improving women’s equality when he ruled that they are eligible to vote. However, they will still not be able to vote in this week’s elections. They will have to wait until 2015. But that delay has not stifled the excitement. “We’re so excited.…

Yemeni security forces kill 60 during protest

It was called the Arab Spring for a reason. While Egypt was working on their revolution, so was Yemen. Thousands have been gathering peacefully for months in protest of Ali Abudallah Saleh’s lengthy presidency. Saleh has ruled Yemen since 1990, and was president of North Yemen for 12 years prior to the country’s unification. The…

Obama proposes $477 American Jobs Act

Image from Associated Press With lingering concerns about the economy, President Obama made a blunt call to Congress to pass a $477 billion dollar job promotion plan last Thursday night. There is a clear need for economic change. Nationwide, unemployment stayed at 9.1 percent in August as employers did not create any new jobs. With…