Gabriel Casella, JHU: Marine Le Pen dreams of winning France’s 2017 presidential election, a feat her party, Le Front National, has always been too small to achieve. In the past five years, however, the French electorate has undergone a radical shift from traditional center-left politics to growing nationalist and right wing tendencies. Since its inception […]Read more "Marine Le Pen and the Failure of the European Union"
Alex Weisman, JHU: For the past month, the once bustling border towns that connect Venezuela and Colombia have been lifeless. Where restaurants, shops, hotels and streets once teemed with patrons, there are now rows of shuttered businesses. In the past, the western regions of Tachira, Zulia, and Apure benefited from a dynamic economic relationship with […]Read more "Searching for a Boogeyman: Venezuela’s Desperate Quest for the Perfect Scapegoat"
Anna Quinn, Loyola University Maryland: Sitting around our host family’s kitchen table, my American roommate and I discuss our travel plans while eating a traditional Spanish lunch, cocido. My roommate reveals that next weekend we will take the train from our current home in a suburb of Madrid to the city of Barcelona. An immediate […]Read more "Catalonia’s Pro-Independence Protests: Marching to Nowhere?"
McHenry Lee, JHU: For a race that so far has been dominated by a candidate unwilling or unable to delve into the nuances of policy, Wednesday night’s debate was a change of pace. For over three hours, the top eleven candidates debated back and forth with only one break. Amid a flurry of one-liners and […]Read more "Policy Amid Politics: An Analysis of the Second GOP Debate"
Ritika Achrekar, JHU: Mumbai has been a safe haven for members of religious minorities for centuries. When Zoroastrians fled the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 8th century, they found a home in India where their religious customs have survived up to the present day. Similarly, Jews have been able to freely and openly practice […]Read more "Mumbai’s Meat Ban: Balancing Freedom and Religion in a Diverse City"