George Gulino, JHU: Tuesday, April 26, was primary day across Maryland, with contests deciding each party’s candidates for a range of elected offices. Baltimoreans elected party nominees for spots on the City Council and the Mayoral race. In most cases, especially in the mayoral race, the Democratic candidate for the office is simply assumed to […]Read more "Baltimore Votes in Primary Elections"
Grant Welby, JHU: In January of 2016 Governor Larry Hogan announced an almost unprecedented revitalization plan: the demolition of more than 20 square blocks of vacant Baltimore homes. Coming in at a price tag of $94 million over the next four years ($75 million from the state, $19 million from the city) for just the […]Read more "Demolition 2016: Evaluating Hogan’s C.O.R.E Program"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: At this point in the election, there are four big candidates remaining. Despite the fact that both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are essentially out of the race, they are still representing a faction in their respective party that their frontrunners are not. Sanders’ democratic socialism and genuine progressivism is a stark […]Read more "The Big 4 & Their Tax Plans"
Alex Sadler, JHU: Last week, five states (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and our very own Maryland) voted on what is being called Acela Tuesday. A significant day for the Hillary campaign, as former Secretary of State Clinton earned decisive victories in every state but Rhode Island, leading many to believe she finally extinguished the […]Read more "Maryland Votes: The Primaries Come to the Old Bay State"
Saarah Javed, University of Maryland, College Park: Earlier this month, the installation of the new UN-backed Libyan government, the Government of National Accord (GNA), was off to a rocky start, with gunfire and death threats upon the arrival of the GNA Prime Minister in Tripoli. On December 17, 2015, the UN created the Government of […]Read more "The Shores of Tripoli: Transitioning From Gaddafi"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Just over a year has passed since the Bardo Museum terrorist attack in Tunisia last year, and yet the threat of extremist continues to loom over the country. Caught within a destabilized and violent region, Tunisia has struggled to keep their developing democracy safe and secure from radicals. Tunisian politicians, in order […]Read more "Trading Freedom for Security in Tunisia"
Matthew Petti, JHU, European Horizons: The trial of Jan Böhmermann sits at the intersection of constitutional law and geopolitics. Böhmermann, a German comedian accused of writing a dirty poem about the president of Turkey, is now on trial for insulting a foreign head of state after Chancellor Merkel allowed the charges to move forwards. The […]Read more "Twenty-First Century Lèse-Majesté?: Erdoğan and Free Speech in Europe"