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Are you sick of hearing the same old news repeated day in and day out? Trump, Brexit, EU, Putin…sometimes you just have to say, enough is enough.

We all know about the big players on the world stage, but what about the little guys? On my blog, I research the local news on every single one of the 196 states (yes, I’m including Taiwan!) and bring it to you on a regular basis. I’ll show you the history, cultural events, and key news reports as they occur. And for those of you out there who avoid the news because it’s all “doom and gloom”, I’ll find you the light in the darkness, the happy times throughout the hardship. But it will be actual news. It won’t just be pictures of kittens and puppies in different climates.

So, check out my page if you’re interested in this weird and wacky world we’re all stuck living in.

I’m Sam, and this, my friends, is Academic Research.  


Suspicious Deaths Of The Romanovs

For the longest time, I’ve had an obsession about Tsar Nicholas II and his family; like a lot of girls my age, I’ve particularly loved Anastasia. The hope that, by some incredible miracle, that young girl survived death by firing squad, escaping the seemingly inescapable…it’s always appealed to me.

So, my first project for here and Youtube will be to post regularly about the Romanovs. I have mountains of books to study and delve into – and plenty of opinions on said books! I’d love to see what others have to say, especially if people have any resources to recommend, or insights to share that I may not have considered before. Disagreements are always welcome, so long as people stay respectful.

So, do you think the Romanovs survived?

Was Rasputin truly a magic man?

Or is it all just wishful thinking?

New Year, New Start?

Long time no write, hey?

I know I’m a sucker for the lapse in discipline that comes a few weeks after New Years. That’s why this blog has been stop-start since the very beginning, after all! But I’m at that point in my life where I’m learning not to just fight my flaws, but to adapt to them. So these next few weeks will be me binge-writing and researching as best I can, with the hope that I can make this into a solid habit.

To be honest, the past year or so was pretty goddamned awful, but it was one of those years that’s left me stronger. It’s also left me with this one solid certainty in my mind: I’m going to make this next year something decent, God help me. It’s going to be good. It’s going to be fulfilling. It’s going to feel worthwhile.

So I have to make a list, right? How can I stay on the right track if there’s no track thought out beforehand?

  1. Learn to drive.
  2. Reach goal weight.
  3. Get my dream job.
  4. Get published.
  5. Read 100 books.
  6. Start Youtube channel
  7. Have an ebay shop bringing in £500 a month
  8. Have an etsy shop
  9. Reach 1000 followers on here
  10. Reach 1000 followers on Youtube

I want to learn to drive. I have done for years. But I often find that when I’m most financially able to afford all the lessons and tests, the rest of my life has big distractions going on. Family stress, big exams, job stress… But after the past year I’ve discovered the key to managing my stress and sorting my priorities, and I’m going to use it.

Reach goal weight – I mean, that’s a given for anyone at New Years. My goal is 55kg, and I know that I’m not near it, but I know I’m going to be.

Get my dream job – my dream job would be somewhere that lets me use my obsession for international relations and languages. I’d love to pick up another language too, and perhaps another qualification, but my main priority here is to have a stable, solid career in something that feels worthwhile.

Get published – I want to get a book translation published by the end of the year, and preferably one of my own books. I’m not sure how likely this is, based on what I’ve heard about the publishing process, but I’m going to really try for it.

Read 100 books – if I read before bed, hopefully I’ll sleep better and reach this goal. Hopefully.

Start a Youtube channel – ideally, I’m wanting to expand my blog again and have the Youtube channel working in conjunction with it. I want to go into deeper detail on international relations and the news, across multiple platforms.

Have an ebay shop bringing in £500 – I’m not on the highest income, and everything is getting more and more expensive. An extra £500 a month would do a world of good, and I’ve got a lot of things I can sell from my childhood.

Start an etsy shop – it’ll encourage me to be more creative again, just like when I was a child, and it’ll hopefully bring in some extra income!

Reach 1000 followers on here and Youtube – it’ll feel like a semblance of success, even if it’s a fairly small milestone compared to some.

I’d love to hear other people’s goals for the year!

Charity rescue ship with 265 migrants anchors off Italy — The China Post, Taiwan

ROME (AP) — Italy allowed a Spanish-flagged charity ship with 265 rescued migrants aboard to anchor off Sicily on Monday. The Open Arms vessel had brought the migrants safely aboard in separate rescues last week in the central Mediterranean. Port officials in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, said rough seas Monday evening were for the time being delaying the transfer of minors, reported to number 50, to a shelter on land after they tested negative for the coronavirus. The remaining adults were expected to be transferred to a ferry chartered by Italy earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic so the migrants can do two weeks of quarantine as others rescued at sea have done. Open Arms said 96 of those rescued had been adrift two days in a wooden boat without life vests in international waters. It said the passengers, most of them from Eritrea, included two women and 17 minors and were suffering from hypothermia when rescued. In an earlier, separate operation, Open Arms had taken aboard 169 migrants, who had departed Libyan shores, where many human traffickers are based. Traffickers launch unseaworthy dinghies or fishing boats, crowded with migrants who have paid them in hopes of reaching Europe so they can seek asylum. Many of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have been rescued at sea in recent years are fleeing poverty and eventually are denied asylum by European Union countries. Italy is trying to get fellow EU nations to take in many of the migrants who are brought ashore after rescue since many of the passengers are aiming to get to northern Europe where relatives or jobs await them.

Charity rescue ship with 265 migrants anchors off Italy — The China Post, Taiwan

China’s Genocide of Uyghurs — China – in His image

Decrying “racial injustice” in America has become a prominent part of some U.S. companies’ public image. But when it comes to China committing “the largest incarceration of an ethno religious minority since the Holocaust,” they seem to think profits are more important. This summer, as anarchic protests tore through American cities, Nike made headlines after […]

China’s Genocide of Uyghurs — China – in His image

Iran Announces 20% Uranium Enrichment and Seizes South Korean Tanker In The Strait of Hormuz — Today’s Defense & International Relations Topics

Iran has been busy on this first Monday of the new year. The Iranian government announced it has started enriching uranium up to twenty percent at an underground facility at Fordo, a town situated south of the holy city of Qom. According to the announcement, orders for the enrichment were given personally by Iranian President […]

Iran Announces 20% Uranium Enrichment and Seizes South Korean Tanker In The Strait of Hormuz — Today’s Defense & International Relations Topics

Country Profile: Antigua and Barbuda

Population Size: 96,286

Area: 440 km2

Main language(s): English

Primary religion(s): Christianity

Life expectancy: Male = 72.5 , Female = 77.5

Geography: Two low-lying, small islands that form a nation.

Current leader: Gaston Browne

Bordering countries: None

Stability: Fairly safe, main problems are petty crime, tropical storms/hurricanes and earthquakes.

Debt: $1440 million

Country Profile: Angola

Population Size: 30,136,000

Area: 1,246,700 km2

Main language(s): Portugese

Primary religion(s): None

Life expectancy: Male = 58.2, Female = 62.3

Geography: Variety of landscapes, including semi-desert bordering Namibia, a rainforest centre, and rugged highlands in the south.

Current leader: João Lourenço

Bordering countries: Namibia, Zambia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo,

Stability: Medium-high. High crime rates. Was at war at the beginning of the 21st century; malnutrition and landmines are still a problem. However, the vast supply of natural resources holds promise for the future.

Debt: $3.4bn

Self Care

2020 was truly awful in so many ways. That year was my hell, but goddamn did it teach me some important lessons.

  1. Never completely rely on someone else.
  2. Self care is actually important, and can make a big difference on your mood
  3. Same for practising gratitude and pride. Seriously, what the hell? Why had I not been doing this before?

Okay, I know why I didn’t do it before. It felt stupid. Really, really stupid. I viewed it in the same way some people view therapy. But if you ever get those moments where life feels like it’s stabbing you in the chest (emotionally) from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep, these practices make the pain a lot more manageable. They don’t get rid of it completely, but it’s the difference between staring at a wall all day because you just can’t move, to being able to perform the necessary daily tasks to keep you and your household functioning.

So everyday I force myself to come up with my three 5s: five things I’m grateful for, 5 things I’m proud of in myself, and 5 acts of self care I’ve done that day. It’s hard, but it is possible.

Let’s say I’m feeing really hellish, and it’s one of those days where I can barely get out of bed. Here’s what I’d come up with:


  • got shelter
  • got a bed I can lay in, instead of being at a roadside somewhere
  • got privacy
  • I’ve got family and people I care about who are still alive
  • nothing stays the same, so this horrible feeling will go away eventually


  • I made the right decisions before this day, so that when bad things happen and I need to rest I have the option to do so safely
  • I’m avoiding vices like alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, etc (always helps to keep these in a separate room if you do partake, it makes it more effort to get to them)
  • I’m still alive somehow
  • I don’t go and lash out at others when I feel bad
  • I’m making the effort to work on lists like these

Self care

  • Binge watch favourite TV show
  • Listen to an inspirational podcast (Jordan Peterson’s a favourite go-to for when I’m in these moods)
  • Brush hair
  • Change clothes (and shower if you can, but change clothes at least)
  • Play a game

Everyone’s got their own version of low and high functioning, so if your off day is worse than this it’s okay. And sometimes you won’t get to all five things on any of them, but even just coming up with one is better than none.

I hope this proves helpful to someone out there!

The Shoshone Nation’s battle against nuclear racism and trespassers on indigenous land

It is our moral duty to bring injustice like this to light


Trespassers on Native land, Linda Pentz Gunter  January 3, 2021 by beyondnuclearinternational  “……………When the military industrial complex showed up in Shoshone country to test its atomic bombs, or excavate a mountain for a potential radioactive waste dump, they were there “as trespassers,” says Ian Zabarte, Principle Man of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians, and this year’s winner of Beyond Nuclear’s  Dr. Judith H. Johnsrud “Unsung Hero” Award.“The United States gave away Shoshone property before there was the United States here,” Zabarte explained during a recent on-line teach-in about uranium and Indigenous rights.

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