The Western Frontier: American College Campuses as the New Battleground for the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Author: Dana Busgang, Goucher College _____________________________________________________________________________________________   In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, students across American Universities organized a campaign to divest from the apartheid regime in South Africa. Divestment meant that their universities would no longer invest or trade with companies that traded or had any sort of operations in South Africa. This […]

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Republican Morals Must Adapt

Author: Tyler Lewis, UMBC __________________________________________________________________________________ According to, the position of the Republican Party on the sanctity of marriage is as follows: “Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so […]

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Bolivia’s Ascent to Economic Outlier in a Struggling Region

Author: Anna Quinn, Loyola University __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Millions of Bolivians travelled to polling stations on Sunday, October 12th to cast their votes in the 2014 presidential election. Even before the votes had been counted, news reports around the world predicted a landslide victory for incumbent President Evo Morales. These sources were proven correct when Morales declared […]

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The Need for More Stringent Photo Hacking Laws

Author: Dylan Etzel, Johns Hopkins _________________________________________________________________________ Jennifer Lawrence recently opened up to Vanity Fair about naked photos of her leaked on 4chan, “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime…It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible.” The third-party app Snapsaved […]

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GE Feed Found to be Safe, What Will Change?

Author: Alex Mabie, Johns Hopkins ___________________________________________________________________________________________ The global debate concerning the safety of genetically engineered (GE) food is one that spans political, economic, and social arenas. The scientific community has essentially reached a consensus on the issue; numerous studies confirm that GE foods are no different than non-GE foods. However the general population remains less […]

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LGBTQ Youth: Beyond Marriage Equality

Author: Kathryne Cui, Johns Hopkins _____________________________________________________________________________________________ On Friday, October 17, a federal judge ruled Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. This decision followed those made only 10 days earlier in the same Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down similar laws in Nevada and Idaho; earlier in the month, the Supreme Court declined to […]

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US Failure in the South China Sea

Author: Ava White, Johns Hopkins _________________________________________________________________________ On Monday, October 13, 2014, China National Offshore Oil Corp, China’s state oil corporation, struck its first oil in the Enping 24-2 field. Located about 120 miles south of Hong Kong, the offshore field is expected to reach a peak production of 40,000 barrels per day in 2017. While […]

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Made in Croatia, Fired in Iraq: The Islamic State and the International Illegal Arms Market

Author: William Harris, Goucher College _______________________________________________________________ The Elmech EM-992 7.62 x 51 mm Sniper Rifle is not native to Syria. Nevertheless, the Croatian-made weapon turned up in the hands of Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Syrian city of Avdoké in July of 2014. It is not especially unusual for the IS to be using […]

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