Paul Siebert

Paul Siebert, Staff Contributor

Paul Siebert is a Junior at Centreville High and a first year Journalism student. He loves writing and has been thinking about becoming a journalist for some time. While living in Germany, he played field hockey and developed a passion for reading; a recent read of his was a German book series Erebos. Paul is trilingual and can speak English, German and French. He hopes to return to Europe in the future and study at Konstanz University in Germany or Oxford in England.

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Sweden And Finland - The New NATO Members?

Sweden And Finland – The New NATO Members?

Paul Siebert
May 31, 2022
On May 18, 2022, Sweden and Finland formally announced their wish to join NATO. This wish to give up decades of military neutrality quickly developed after Putin’s Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, leaving large parts of Ukraine in ruins. But we can’t be sure whether Sweden and Finland will actually be accepted into NATO since Turkey has already announced that it plans on vetoing the accession of the two Nordic countries. What exactly NATO is, why the Swedes and Finns have recently changed their views on it, and why Erdogan does not want them to join will all be discussed in this article.
Sri Lankas Economic Crisis

Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis

Paul Siebert
May 20, 2022
Sri Lanka is a south Asian island nation of 22 million people right off the coast of India. The British colonized the island in 1815 and it remained a dominion until 1972, when it finally became fully independent and subsequently its own republic. But since then, the people of Sri Lanka have been suffering from a civil war and corruption everywhere. Now, Sri Lanka is in its worst economic crisis since it gained independence. But how could it come to this and how is the Rajapaksa family related to it?
Smokes rises from forest fires in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. - (Photo by Joao Laet / AFP)

The Deforestation of Tropical Rainforests and its Effects

Paul Siebert
May 10, 2022
In the past century, humans have been continuously destroying rainforests to satisfy their hunger for industrial and agricultural success; in short: money. Today, two thirds of all original tropical rainforest cover around the world is either gone or severely damaged. That has led to many scientists exclaiming that it is too late for us, that we have gone too far. But why even are rainforests so important for the planet and the species living on it, including us? And is it really too late for us to change and save the rainforests? 
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France’s Presidential Election

Paul Siebert
March 31, 2022
In 2017, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France at the age of 39, making him the new face of European politics. Since then, a lot has happened; France and the whole world have gone through several crises that severely tested Macron’s ability to govern. Now, the French are going to the booths again and everyone is asking themselves whether they will re-elect their current president or take their country into a new direction.
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Qatar: The Most Controversial World Cup Host Ever?

Paul Siebert
March 15, 2022
As the 2022 FIFA World Cup is drawing ever closer, let’s take another look at its host Qatar; a country only twice the size of Delaware that is located in the Persian Gulf. The country has been involved in enormous amounts of controversy, including accusations of bribery and corruption and the practice of modern slavery, since it won the bid for the World Cup in 2010. How much of that is actually true and whether Qatar is a country suitable to host a FIFA World Cup will be discussed in this article.
(Russian armored vehicles in Crimea)

The Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Paul Siebert
February 17, 2022

Introduction Since the fall of the Soviet Union and Ukraine becoming independent in 1991, a lot has happened in Eastern European politics. Ukraine has been forging increasingly close ties with the West,...

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Austria’s Political Mess

Paul Siebert
January 20, 2022
It all began in 2011 when Sebastian Kurz, a 24-year-old university dropout with a style and dynamism that instantly appealed to a demographic well outside his center-right party’s traditional base, entered politics.
GRODNO REGION, BELARUS - NOVEMBER 15, 2021 (Photo by Oksana Manchuk via Getty Images)

Poland’s Border Crisis

Paul Siebert
December 6, 2021

Introduction Since August 2021, thousands of immigrants have been camping on the Polish-Belarussian border. They have been trying to enter Poland and by doing so, also the European Union (EU). Belarus...

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United Nations Climate Change Conference

Paul Siebert
November 19, 2021

Introduction From 31 October until 12 November 2021, representatives of some 200 countries have discussed future measures in the fight against climate change. The Glasgow climate change conference was...

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North Korea’s Nuclear Activities

Paul Siebert
October 22, 2021

Introduction North Korea is operating its 5-megawatt nuclear reactor again, and by doing that, they are completely ignoring the resolutions it has signed with the United Nations (UN). The UN has been...

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The Results of The German Election

Paul Siebert
October 5, 2021

Introduction On the 26th of September, the German people were called to elect a new federal government and a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel. This election marked a huge turning point in German...

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Has China Banned Gaming?

Paul Siebert
September 17, 2021

Is Gaming Forbidden In China? China’s government passed a law regarding the use of video games by minors in China. They are not allowed to play video games for more than three hours a week anymore....

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