Tyler Lewis, UMBC: The events taking place in Syria, and in other parts of the world today, are violent and aggressive, and the extent to just how sickeningly twisted those events are, can be difficult to process. War is a gruesome concept and terrorism is a distressing ideology; it does not take extensive examination to […]Read more "Syria: How Technology and Social Media Has Desensitized America"
Anna Quinn, Loyola University Maryland: About two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill, which is currently being debated in the Senate, prevents Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until they undergo a more rigorous vetting process—the most stringent ever required […]Read more "The Compassion Gap: A Western World’s Disparate Reaction to Conflict"
Grant Welby, JHU: What is today known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a long, and almost unbelievably violent history. Its violent past has left an indelible mark on its present situation, and has resulted in the DRC being designated a “failed state.” The sad history of the state has been much […]Read more "The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Fixing a Failed State"
Keely Herring, JHU: In the Philippines there exists a dichotomy between the democratic press freedom rights articulated in the country’s 1987 Constitution, and the reality, which is mostly that of distorted news, and dead journalists, whose murderers frequently go entirely unpunished. The perpetuation of this reality is mostly at the hands of a few powerful, […]Read more "Press and Impunity in the Philippines"
Jared Mayer, JHU: The scourge of tragic gun violence has stricken the United States once again. On November 27th, a gunman assaulted the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing two civilians and one law enforcement officer. Not one week later, two gunmen attacked an office party in the Inland Regional Center in San […]Read more "Gun Control and Constitutional Change"
Gabriel Casella, JHU: Origins The Soviet Union’s economy in the late 1980s was undergoing a radical change from a state-owned command system of production to a privatized free-market system. In 1989, the Soviet Ministry of Gas Industry was restructured into the Gazprom State Gas Concern, a private enterprise. However, on December 25 2005, Rosneftgaz (a […]Read more "Gazprom: Russia’s Gaz Empire"