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The Bay of Pigs: How Kennedy Failed Cuba and the Spirit of America

John F. Kennedy is all too often given a pass in history in spite of his cascade of failures. It could be expected that if he were able to go on to a second term that if he had led the charge to the moon, the United States would have never arrived. Arguably his biggest […]

Magical Realism: How to Define the Undefinable?

Magical Realism has forever impacted Latin American literature. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is perhaps the most famous author but there are plenty of others inside and outside of Latin America such as Allende, Rushdie, Murakami and Morrison. As Magical Realism has spread around the world, the question of what exactly is Magical Realism has come into question. Furthermore, there even involves quite a bit of discussions about pre and post colonialism and what exactly does that mean for countries outside of not only Latin America but also Africa? There’s also some confusion about the origins of Magical Realism, where it came from and exactly what it is. This short paper will mainly be a light overview of Magical Realism, its origin, its expansion and even what it potentially may be.

How the 1996 Russian Election Wasn’t Stolen

“The Kremlin obviously has an official position on the results of the [1996] elections: Yeltsin won,” the Kremlin source said on condition of anonymity. “As for rumors to the contrary, the Kremlin has no official position.”1,2 The allegations came from Medvedev along with Boris Nemtsov, the latter who was a Russian politician who was famously assassinated in 2015.3 The 1996 Russian election was a wild west show of numerous candidates but it really came down to two feature figures, Gennady Zyuganov and Boris Yeltsin. Nemtsov, among others, did have a reason to criticize the 1996 election primarily because it eventually aided the rise of Vladimir Putin which could be used to argue his validity but by the time it was said, the question of honest national elections had already been tabled. But the rumors of a managed 1996 Russian election still persist.