Richard Elliott, UMBC: The Democratic primaries have been surprisingly close. A self-described democratic socialist from Vermont who was polling at an impressive 3% when he declared his candidacy has surged, winning eight of the last nine states. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was polling around 61% when Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race, […]Read more "Power Shifts In The Big Apple"
Griffin Baltz, UMBC: In September 2015, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake decided to not run for re-election in the 2016 mayoral race, citing a need to work on the city’s livelihood in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. Reactions to her announcement ranged from sorrow to relief, but the most striking aspect of her […]Read more "Baltimore Mayoral Race"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Although only about a week old, the so-called Panama Papers have already raised public scrutiny on how global elites store and hide their finances. The more-than-11 million leaked documents that comprise the Papers unveil the methods utilized by criminals, corporate elites, and state leaders to evade tax systems and other financial regulations […]Read more "What do the Panama Papers Really Mean?"
Alex Fine, JHU: As the world continues to combat extremism from the likes of ISIS and Boko Haram in locales ranging from Beirut to Brussels, one may be forgiven for not hearing of the Battle of Tipo-Tipo currently raging on Basilan Island in the Philippines. Last Sunday, 18 Filipino soldiers were killed in a day-long […]Read more "Not Just a Mediterranean Problem"
Anna Quinn, Loyola University: Last Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that states are allowed count all residents—not just eligible voters—when drawing election districts. The suit, Evenwel v. Abbott, was brought by Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger in response to a Texas redistricting plan implemented in 2012. They claimed the plan violated their Fourteenth Amendment […]Read more "A Surge in Voting Laws May Mean a Suppression of Votes this Election Season"
Matthew Petti, JHU: April 2016 has been a bad month for Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm. When a source known only as “John Doe” began anonymously sending in terabytes of the firm’s confidential documents, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung realized that they had something on their hands far larger than they could handle. The […]Read more "From Panama City to Inner Harbor"
Grant Welby, JHU: In recent months, much well deserved praise has been given to the government and people of the nation of Myanmar. On November 8th of 2015 the people of Myanmar held their first free and open elections in nearly 25 years and chose in overwhelming fashion to elect the National League for Democracy […]Read more "The End of a Fairy Tale: A Realistic Look at Myanmar’s Political Future"