RantCrush Top 5: January 13, 2017

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Uh oh, today is Friday the 13th. Enjoy the end of your week, but if you’re superstitious, be careful! Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:

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American Troops Roll Into Poland

U.S. troops have moved from Germany to the southwest part of Poland, marking the first time a NATO ally has had a continuous military deployment in the area. Some Poles have wanted this kind of presence since the Cold War and many waved American flags as the tanks rolled in. For Poland, having some protection from Russia is ideal.

President Barack Obama is aiming to keep stability in the region, which recently has become more rattled. Russia and Poland have historically had a contentious relationship, and Russia pinched Ukraine’s Crimea territory in 2014. Russia has also started deploying nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad–which is Russian territory–but is located in between Lithuania and Poland.

Though Poles are largely happy about the U.S. support, many fear that it will not last after President-elect Donald Trump comes into power, as he has shown signs of being more Kremlin-friendly than previous U.S. presidents.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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