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Sinn Féin, Brexit, and COVID-19: A Storm of Uncertainty on the Island of Ireland

The island of Ireland is currently facing a confluence of events that could result in a resurgence of the type of violence that occurred during The Troubles. The startling rise of Sinn Féin, a republican leftist political party, along with the threat of Brexit to the balance Northern Ireland has found between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, present several fault lines along which old tensions and violence might again erupt. The arrival of the novel coronavirus, with the chaos it could unleash on the already struggling healthcare systems on the island, only adds additional concern to an already uneasy situation. England and Ireland have a long and complicated history. In 1494,

Global Response to COVID-19 Reveals Systemic Vulnerabilities in Countering Bioterrorism Threats of t

“The Coronavirus Seems Unstoppable” by Science Magazine licensed under Getty Images The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread globally at an alarming rate, and the lack of unity amongst the global community is proving to dramatically accelerate its rate of transmission. At this point in time, bioterrorism has been absolved from consideration as the culprit for the COVID-19 pandemic, while the struggle to contain this virus continues to exploit the fragility of the global community by their disjointed response efforts. Despite being deemed naturally occurring, this pandemic possesses other key components that a successful bioterrorism attack would employ, including: widespread casualties, long i

The Vulnerabilities of Smart T.V.s

Since the 1980s, programmers have been working to develop intelligent television receivers as direct-broadcast satellites have increased.[1] Nevertheless, by the late 2000s, smart T.V.s took the world by storm. According to database company Statista, there is a projected growth of the number of smart televisions (T.V.s) expecting to be around 119 million by 2022, representing 58.3 percent of all connected T.V. users.[2] Yet, what does this signify? Increased viewers and access to services like Netflix, Chromecast, and other streaming services, increased tracking of user habits, eavesdropping on conversations, and hacking user networks. The November 2019 “Oregon FBI (Federal Bureau of Investi

Putin Solidifies Himself as Russia’s Life-Long President

Putin Russia rf by Vasiliybuslaev, licensed under Pixabay Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed into law constitutional amendments that could allow him to stay in power for another 16 years. The law is set to be passed if approved by a nationwide referendum set to take place on April 22. This date has been delayed for an unspecified length of time due to concerns regarding the Corona Virus. More than half of Russian voters must support the bill in order for it to pass. The law was voted through by both chambers of the national parliament and all Russian regions before being approved by Russia’s Constitutional Court. The constitutional changes proposed would reset Putin’s term coun

COVID-19 Disinformation

[1]COVID-19 or coronavirus disease 2019, is an infectious viral pandemic currently spreading across the world at an alarming rate.[2] It is currently affecting over 16,000 individuals in the United States[3] and over 150,000 world-wide[4] with those numbers expected to continue to rise. With coronavirus strains going relatively unheard of before COVID-19’s appearance in Wuhan, China in December of 2019, misinformation about the virus is spreading quickly. Hackers and other groups are taking advantage of the panic and confusion resulting from the lack of information about the virus for personal gain or to inject malware into systems. Phishing and social engineering in particular are used to

Bioterrorism: Western Preparedness and Consequential Psychological Effects

Bioterrorism attacks pose a significant risk for national security and can elicit severe physical effects, including mass casualties, disabilities, and disease. Bioterrorism is the dissemination of biological agents with the express intent to cause disease, death and/or harm to society and the environment. Growing cause for concern centers on the fact that the utilization of bioterrorism may only require small quantities of biological agents to inflict debilitating harm onto a large population. Along with that, the rapid development of new bioweapons can take up to three years to procure, whereas a vaccine may take up to ten years to generate and distribute.[1] Image: “Biohazard sticker” by

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