By manipulating antitrust laws, Chinese investors have monopolized their stake in the American food and agricultural market

By: Jordan Deschenes

(Photo: Bloomberg)

Wen Jiabao Sees Billionaires When Communists Convene As Wealth Gap

(Note: This is the unedited version of an article I wrote for The American Moderate, which can be found here)

On January 26, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission held a pre-litigation hearing about Chinese investment in the United States. During the “Industry Case Studies” portion of the hearing, the concerns of panel members’ testimonies centered mainly on China’s near-monopolistic grip on advanced American industries.

Notably, several of the panelists addressed growing Chinese authority over certain American food and agriculture practices such as farming and animal husbandry.

Patrick Woodall, the director of the Food and Water Watch, talked specifically about Chinese manipulation of the pork industry since the implementation of its most recent Five-Year Plan. He accused the Chinese government of setting up certain American farms as “export-platforms for agro-business” that will drive up pork prices on a global scale. Continue reading

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Forget Detox, MA heroin addicts now seeking help with counseling and prescription pills

by: Jordan Deschenes

July 21, 2015


(Originally published at the Odyssey Online.)

AMHERST, MA — The “opioid crisis” sweeping Massachusetts has left a significant population of addicts seeking inpatient detox around the state, the majority of whom are unable to receive it immediately.

With major hospitals filling up beds on a daily basis, outpatient treatment (OPT) is slowly becoming the first option for addicts. Unfortunately, outpatient centers around the state have become just as overburdened as hospital beds.

Annie Park, Program Director at Adcare Hospital’s West Springfield Outpatient Counseling Center, has observed that many of the opioid-dependent patients she sees come in with no prior history of detox, or inpatient hospitalization for that matter.

“A lot of the times, people seek (outpatient) services out of a crisis situation,” says Annie Park, Program Director at Adcare’s West Springfield Outpatient Counseling Center. “We have a lot of people who come in ‘off the street’ so to say.” Continue reading

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Topical Update: Milo Yiannopoulos “a fellow traveller” of the Alt-Right Movement

by: Jordan Deschenes

February 12, 2017


(A new op-ed that I wrote for The American Moderate. The American Moderate is a recently founded news site that has steadily been gaining a readership following over the past months. Here is the link to the article, if you’d rather read it there.)

Openly gay, British journalist Milo Yiannopoulos has been a notable contributor to the development of the American ultra-conservative, “alt-right” ideology. For the past few years, he has emphasized a message that challenges what he sees as an increasing suppression of controversial free speech by far-left, “politically correct” politics.

This message, which he recently described as “mainstream,” has been interpreted in many different ways by both conservatives and liberals. One of the points that is widely agreed upon is that controversial free speech is increasingly being met with hostility of a politically extreme nature.

As of today, it seems that Milo has taken on much more support – and hate than he can handle. While his core message has resonated with thousands of concerned Americans, many of Milo’s statements have been misconstrued as a result of their “triggering” effect on liberal crowds.

As a result its misinterpretation, Milo’s message has figuratively – and literally- pulled a trigger among political extremists. Continue reading

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