Saarah Javed, Johns Hopkins University Christian-Pakistani mother, Asiya Bibi was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 after an argument at her work with her Muslim co-workers over sharing a bowl of water, in which she allegedly insulted the holy figure of Islam, Prophet Muhammad, which violates Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Successive appeals have been rejected, […]Read more "The Case of Asiya Bibi"
Thea Harvey-Brown, Johns Hopkins University The balkanization of Baltimore lends itself to an admixture of dynamic cultural pockets and persistent poverty. The last ten years have seen dramatic revitalization of some neighborhoods—including Remington, Midtown, Highlandtown, and Station North—while other communities have remained isolated and bereft of economic development. Baltimore is becoming more of a beacon […]Read more "Remington Renaissance"
Michael Gentile, Johns Hopkins University: Protectionist sentiment, in the form of a lost British bulldog and a dust bunny haircut, has whispered economic growth into shudders of what’s to come. The political uncertainty that’s resulted has shrouded our policy perspective to the immediate term, to a liquidity trap and a paralyzing fixation on debt. In […]Read more "Build, Build, Build—Anything but a Wall"
J. Otis With the Labour Party struggling under the hapless leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and UKIP soul-searching its own purpose after achieving its singular goal of leaving the EU, the Conservative Party, which now leads the British Government, is well positioned to gain more supporters. It seems that the new Prime Minister Theresa May is […]Read more "Politics over Policy: How political gain is imperiling the health of Britain’s economy"
Zachary Toussaint, Johns Hopkins University: In a video released late last week, Donald J. Trump, Republican nominee for President, is heard discussing groping, kissing, and otherwise sexually assaulting women with Billy Bush, Access Hollywood’s host at the time. In the conversation, Trump discusses the power that being famous carries when it comes to seducing women: […]Read more "The Smoking Mic: The Consequences of Trump’s Leaked Candid Conversation"
Matthew Petti, Columbia University: When a CNN crew visited Wahida Mohamad al-Jumaily, a female commander in the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) of Iraq, they were shocked by a gruesome sight. Ms. Jumaily, known by the nom de guerre Umm-Hanadi, had photographed herself decapitating and cooking the corpses of ISIS fighters. This incident is not the […]Read more "The Housewife Who Cooked ISIS"
Corey Payne, Johns Hopkins University: Last week, a Colombian referendum to approve a peace agreement—painstakingly negotiated over four years in Havana—between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) failed by less than half a percentage point. Colombian social media was abuzz with political cartoons and editorials: “We didn’t vote against peace,” […]Read more "Colombia’s Eternal War: The Triumph of ‘Peace Through Extermination’"
Giancarlo Diaz, Baruch College: President Obama in the last year of his term has faced his first veto override on September 28 2016. The bill called Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was voted on by the Senate 97-1 and in the House 384-77. The bill would allow U.S. citizens to file a civil action […]Read more "Dubious Justice for 9/11 Victims"
Alex Sadler, Johns Hopkins University: Notice: I am a senior at Johns Hopkins University spending my fall semester studying in Havana, Cuba. The following article is based off of my first five weeks living in Havana. The names and details of those mentioned have been changed. Boarding the plane for my 30-minute flight from Miami […]Read more "Observations From Cuba"
Corey Payne, Johns Hopkins University: The rise of Bernie Sanders has fueled a heated discussion in political circles about socialism in the United States. It seems like everyone, from the amateur observer to the professional journalist, has taken Bernie’s self-proclamation of his socialistic-ness at face value. Worse still, we have allowed our political dialogue to […]Read more "No, American Liberalism is Not Socialism"