The Case of Asiya Bibi

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, […]

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Remington Renaissance

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 […]

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Politics over Policy: How political gain is imperiling the health of Britain’s economy

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 […]

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The Smoking Mic: The Consequences of Trump’s Leaked Candid Conversation

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: […]

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The Housewife Who Cooked ISIS

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 […]

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Colombia’s Eternal War: The Triumph of ‘Peace Through Extermination’

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,” […]

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Dubious Justice for 9/11 Victims

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 […]

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Observations From Cuba

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 […]

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