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How History Shapes Drug Policy

Throughout most of the world, drug users and dealers face steep penalties for the possession and sale of illegal substances, with some facing capital punishment as a consequence for their crimes. This is especially true in the United States, where the War on Drugs has led to the incarceration of millions of people and has inordinately impacted African Americans. Despite all races using drugs at similar rates in America, Black people are incarcerated at six times the rate of white people for drug related crimes. [1] However, in countries like Holland and Portugal, the criminalization of drugs and drug users is not expected. Likely due to distinct cultural and historical differences, Holland,

The Greatest Football team I ever saw in Action: What turn of the century football can tell us about

Who was the greatest football team of all time? Some might say the the 1972 Miami Dolphins, or maybe the 2007 Patriots despite their eventual loss in the Super Bowl. But football did not begin in the Super Bowl era. In terms of raw talent the teams of modern day are likely much more skilled than their predecessors thanks to advances in medicine, training, and tactics. In the 1920s the average offensive lineman weighed an average of 211 pounds. Today its 312. This partially has to do with changes in blocking rules that prohibits players from taking out blockers knees, but in any case the pure change in size is tremendous. However despite this, perhaps it's more fair to consider dominance rela

Mr. X: George Kennan and the Beginnings of Cold War Foreign Policy

In February 1946, George Kennan was head of the State Department’s mission in Moscow. The Treasury Department requested he profile the Soviet Union in an attempt to understand the motivations behind Josef Stalin’s foreign policy decisions. Through then Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, Kennan sent what has since become known as the Long Telegram to the Treasury Department. It outlined the ideological motivations of the Soviet Union and predicted the Soviets would attempt to expand both their influence and territory in the coming decades. Roughly a year later in March 1947, Kennan published his ideas under the pseudonym “Mr. X” in an article submitted to the magazine Foreign Relations.

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