Articles by Cristina Silva

Cristina Silva has written for the Associated Press, the Tampa Bay Times, Salon and NPR. She has reported from Mexico, Honduras, Cuba, Germany, Italy and Bahrain, as well as from across the United States. She graduated from New York University.


Why We Switch To Daylight Savings

Germany was the first country to embrace daylight saving time in 1916 to save energy. After other European nations did the same, the U.S. eventually adopted daylight saving time in 1966 after flirting with making the time change official policy for years.

Here's How Much The World Spends On Defense

Russia has the world's second biggest military, with more than 1 million troops, 3,500 war planes and 15,000 tanks. China is the world's third biggest military with roughly 2.3 million soldiers and 3,000 war planes.

Beijing Defends South China Sea Construction

Wang Guoqing, spokesman for the country’s top political advisory body, said criticism from the U.S., Japan and other nations over its construction in the coveted waterway was “much ado about nothing.”

Army's Christian Leader Is A Muslim

Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz can relate to many soldiers' Christian faith. He was born Michael Barnes, into a large Lutheran family in Alexandria, Louisiana, near New Orleans.


An Iranian woman walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former US embassy in Tehran on September 20, 2020

What US Sanctions Mean For Iran

“Our actions today are a warning that should be heard worldwide. No matter who you are, if you violate the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, you risk sanctions” -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo