Eli Wallach, Johns Hopkins University: Welcome to the Internet of no swear words, nudity or extreme violence. While Chinese Internet monitors may still have a long way to go before reaching this goal, China’s most recent “clean up the Internet” campaign under President Xi Jinping has gained traction in ways not seen in the CCP’s […]Read more "China and the Moral Policing of the Internet"
Michael Economopoulos, Fordham University: Oh, how the mighty have fallen! This past week Yahoo was hit with the biggest corporate breach in history with 500 million accounts hacked. This summer, Verizon confirmed a $4.88 billion deal for the core business of Yahoo, leaving the company with just their infamous stake in Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba […]Read more "Yahoo: A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Matthew Petti, Columbia University: The heckling of Vice President Joe Biden by Robert Rênas Amos, an American citizen who fought in Syria as a volunteer, was yet another bizarre incident of the 2016 presidential election. It also served to expose problems with US foreign policy far deeper and longer lasting than the current slate of […]Read more "With Friends Like These: Biden’s Kurdish Problem"
McHenry Lee, Johns Hopkins University: With the Presidential election a little over a month away, most Americans are obviously preoccupied with following the national campaign. The GDELT project, a media watchdog group, recently compiled a list of mentions that each candidate received on cable news programs in the last 100 days. Predictably, Donald Trump topped […]Read more "The Thin Red Line: Donald Trump and the Slim Republican Senate Majority"
Cameron Little, Johns Hopkins University: Wells Fargo’s recent malpractice is just the latest ethical blunder in the banking world. Reports say that the financial institution opened around two million accounts without their clients’ consent. Apparently, management had pressured branch employees to, without permission, circulate their clients’ credit card information and even to craft email addresses […]Read more "If You Give Wells Fargo a Cookie"
Matthew Petti, Columbia University It is clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton secured the Democratic Party nomination with a majority of primary votes. However, it is also clear that supporters of her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, make up a significant portion of the party’s base. Many of these supporters feel slighted by Clinton and the party […]Read more "Sheepdogs: How Clinton Will Bring the Sanders Camp Into Her Own"
Alex Sadler, Johns Hopkins University As the Democratic National Convention was set to kick off, many were eagerly awaiting the arrival of who they thought would be the first woman President. The only issue? Instead of shouts for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, there were calls for official Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Chants […]Read more "In a Sea of Green, Only White"
Adam Rapfogel, Tufts University: Unity: political parties love to claim it and national conventions are generally designed around showcasing it, but in today’s divisive political climate, it often proves elusive. A few short weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, some delegates held one final passionate – but ill-fated – attempt to “dump Trump.” The […]Read more "An Uneasy Peace at the DNC"
Jacob Linker, Fordham University: From most of the projections thus far, along with a mixture of common sense and fear-induced hope, it seems that we will likely see Hillary Clinton win in November. Personally, I think this is the most likely outcome, but there are two factors at play that I feel deserve notice: Low voter […]Read more "Trump v. Clinton: Enthusiasm and Turnout Dynamics"
Matthew Petti, Columbia University: 2016 is not 1968, but it looks similar in many ways: in a year of global turmoil, the Democratic nominee faces strong opposition from the Left. As in the infamous summer of 1968 in Chicago, much of this opposition manifested in street demonstrations outside the Democratic National Convention. Although Philadelphia did […]Read more "It’s (Not) Always Sunny in Philadelphia"