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Patrick Baga
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I am a student of International Relations and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. Interests include foreign affairs, classic fiction, and professional sports. Born and raised in the Greater Boston area--conveniently putting me in the sports capital of the world.

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by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Rolling Stone 'Controversy': Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Rolling Stone received widespread backlash for its feature of the Boston Bomber on the cover of its magazine. The picture was somewhat provocative, but the fact that everyone is focusing on the picture takes away from the importance of the article.

Business & Money
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Can You Survive on Minimum Wage?

In the United States, the minimum wage is $8.25 / hr or lower. When you crunch the numbers, it is not possible to raise a family or even oneself on this amount of income. Unless you work around the clock--which is apparently what companies expect you to do.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Edward Snowden: Hero? Traitor? It Doesn't Matter

While many in the United States are inclined to ask whether whistleblower Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor, the more sensible thing to do is question what the leaks tell us about the nature of the U.S. government.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Zimmerman Verdict: A Blunt Reminder of the Shortcomings of Our Judicial System

On Saturday night, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin. Given the lack of evidence, it is difficult to dispute the unsettling verdict. But what is easy to identify is the numerous shortcomings of the American judicial system.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
The American South Just Doesn't Get It

Statistically, America's South lags behind the North in just about every category pertaining to well-being. And, in fact, the way in which the South votes against its own interests ensures that this will continue to be the case.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Is the United States Still the World's Best Country? Why a Leading Question Only Helps Propagate the Myth of American Exceptionalism

Is America still the world's best country even an apt question to begin with? A closer look at the statistics show that we're trailing many European countries in the key categories.

Sports
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Wimbledon Final: A Fairy Tale Characteristic of Andy Murray

The 2013 Wimbledon Final ended a 77-year British drought. But the match itself had an unsettling feel to it. This article examines why this was the case, and why the match was actually beautifully characteristic of the journey of Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Independence Day: Can Scotland Do What the United States Did 237 Years Ago?

Today is Independence Day in the United States honoring US succession from Britain. In a year, Scotland will also decide whether it wishes to be independent from the Empire.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Egypt's Military Coup Was Bound to Happen: Just Not This Soon

Egypt experienced a military coup today. What does it all mean?

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Anthony, Zimmerman, Hernandez, Oh My! What a Nation's Obsession with Murder Trials Tells Us About Ourselves

As a nation, we are obsessed with murder trials. Why? And what does this tell us about ourselves?

Sports
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Confederations Cup: A Tournament in Review: Winners and Losers

Over the past few weeks, the world witnessed the FIFA 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil The tournament revealed a lot regarding how several countries will stack up in less than a year at the 2014 World Cup.

Travel & Places
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
In Honor of Canada Day: 5 Reasons Why Canada is Universally Beloved

Today is Canada Day, so it is fitting that we remind ourselves what makes Canada the wonderful place that it is.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Women's Marginalization During Conflict and Post-Conflict Transition

The overarching factor that influences the marginalization of women is the power structure of national and international systems that are socially and culturally constructed in a manner that distinguishes the extent of agency that women have. The amount of agency that women have of course varies culturally, but there are certain factors that remain prevalent in all societies-in summation, gender-based expectations coupled with a masculine power structure lead to the subordination of women seeking emancipation from historicized and contemporary male domination. Herein, significant facets that perpetuate the marginalization of women will be analyzed, and a final diagnosis regarding how the marginalization of women in conflict and post-conflict transition can be reduced will be articulated based upon the analysis of the array of causes leading to such marginalization.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
The Extent to which Syrian Foreign Policy is Beholden to Development Elsewhere in the Middle East

While regional developments outside of Syrian influence certainly affect Syrian foreign policy, it is actually the regional developments that are in response to previous Syrian initiatives that beholden the majority of Syrian foreign policy; ultimately Syria's quest for a national identity in accordance with a surprisingly consistent record of utilizing realist balance of power methodology in relations with the Middle East and Western powers amplifies the restraints and opportunities that regional developments have created for Syria and, more notably, the restraints and opportunities that Syria's Ba'th regime has self-created.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Is Evolutionary Biology Compatible with Theism?

Theism is in fact compatible with past and contemporary discoveries in the fields of evolutionary biology. For although evolutionary biology does not entail theism, naturalist argumentation-now equipped with discoveries in evolutionary biology-remains less probable than theist reasoning; most notably, naturalism inadequately explains organized complexity, cognitive faculties, and the compatibility of knowledge outside the realms of reason and science whilst theism, at least in the present, offers explanations that cannot be discredited. In sum, as opposed to submissively adhering to the increasingly common inclination to pit science and religion against each other, advances in evolutionary biology can impartially benefit the collective welfare of society-and, as previously ascertained, these benefits give credence to the compatibility of evolutionary biology and theism.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
The Significance of Sovereignty in International Relations

In many respects sovereignty is of declining significance in international relations, and in other respects sovereignty is of escalating importance in a world of unpredictability. Therefore, if aspects of sovereignty are heading in polarizing directions in terms of importance, sovereignty is indisputably in a transitional stage. Amidst the emergence of the sub-state, supra-state, and external intervention, the nation-state is forced to adapt to a world that now invites non-state actors to the table with the state; so, while facets of sovereignty are diminishing and heightening, coexistence between state and non-state authority-the preservation of a "sovereignty-modern" system (Jackson 2003: 785)-is feasible in a world where the influence and existence of sovereignty is debated.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Linguistics and the Vitality of Communicative Competence

Communicative competence, essentially meaning the ability to effectively use language to interact with others, is absolutely vital to the continuity of human progression. For language is the common denominator to relay ideas that pertain to the individual's present thought-in turn, reflecting identifying traits such as cultural background, bias, and one's self-perception of worth. Overall, comprehending communicative competence can be facilitated through further analysis of framing and performance; specifically, acknowledging the dualistic nature of framing, cultural authenticity, subjectivity of speaker and audience, and the power of performance in a contemporary situation are at the forefront of revealing the tenets of the relationship between frame, performance, and communicative competence.

Business & Money
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Is Globalization a New Phenomenon?

Globalization has existed for centuries, and the current state of globalization is one that is undeniably intertwined with innovative technology, a collective capitalist mentality, and the rise of the international community's legitimacy; accordingly, I intend to prove the aforementioned assertion by providing evidence that globalization has existed in the past, commenting upon current theory pertaining to globalization, and ultimately unveiling my own interpretation of globalization in an age of unpredictability.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Can Realism Help Us Understand Terrorism?

Although terrorism is often solely associated with the actions of non-state, supposedly 'irrational' actors, realism is absolutely vital to helping us understand terrorism-primarily because the role of the state is interwoven in providing terrorist organizations with the means to flourish and because defending states are responsible for the counterterrorist initiatives that shape the contemporary international structure for terrorists and states alike. Terrorism is a direct result of the perception that one conflicting side has too much power and is abusing it. Consequently, realist theorists would wisely advocate balancing power structures-enabling the majority interests to feel as represented and advocated for as elite interests thereby reducing terrorist inclinations and reflecting a firm understanding of the causation of terrorism.

Lifestyle
by Patrick Baga
4 years ago
Realism and the Iraq War

Despite the connotation that endures when it comes to the term 'realism' meaning pragmatism, realism is not realistic in exposing the functioning of contemporary world politics. Rather, realism in conjunction with other prevalent theories-elite interests, Marxism, and social psychology to name a few-is dually a more 'realistic' interpretation of contemporary world politics, but more importantly, in accepting the validity of components of a culmination of theories, theorists and policy-makers alike have the greatest chance of benefiting society by means of foreseeing potential dilemmas. This article argues this with specific reference to the Iraq War.

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