Budget Cuts, Public Health, and the Role of Government

Author: Matt Stanford, Towson University ______________________________________________________________________________________________ It’s impossible to escape the media coverage of and public worry over Ebola nowadays. Ebola is all anyone can talk about, and politicians are no exception. Now that Ebola has surfaced in New York, there is bound to be even more partisan sparring over appropriate government responses and the […]

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The Fringe at the Center: The French Surge in Anti-Europeanism

Author:  Andrew Karns, Johns Hopkins University ________________________________________________________________________________________ For the first time in its history, the National Front party (FN) in France earned a plurality of votes in a nationwide election in May, an astonishing development that left many voters and politicians with more than just a bad feeling in their stomachs. The FN, since its […]

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The Delicate Balance: Jordan’s Overpopulation Crisis

Author:  Muhammad Hudhud, Johns Hopkins University ________________________________________________________________________________________ It was bustling almost every night. Chickens were spinning in the oven, shawarma was being sliced, and the neatly dressed workers were either preparing a dish or taking orders. Joodee is a new, clean “take-away” (carryout) restaurant chain in the heart of Amman, Jordan. Friends are at cafes […]

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A Tale of Two Girls: The Selective Hearing and Memory of the U.S. Government

Author:  Erin Snyder, Goucher College ________________________________________________________________________________________ Earlier this month, Malala Yousafzai made history as the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever. An articulate and courageous champion of womens’ education, Malala has been in the international spotlight ever since her public advocacy for educational equity and human rights in Pakistan (specifically in her home region, Swat […]

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Same Song, Different Verse: The Latest Blow Against Human Rights in Myanmar

Author:  Ashby Henningsen, UMBC ________________________________________________________________________________________ Within the Rakhine state in Myanmar, one of the most beleaguered groups of people in the world continues to face ethnic oppression and brutality. For decades, the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, have struggled to attain equality under from the law in a country that has overtly acted to […]

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Eric Holder’s Legacy: A Man of Sensible Justice

Author:  Jonathan Loewenberg, Johns Hopkins University ________________________________________________________________________________________ Soon, the Obama Administration will be losing one of its key assets. With the announcement of his resignation, Eric Holder, the first African-American Attorney General of the United States, has triggered limitless speculation about who may become his replacement. With the turbulent state of the Senate ahead of […]

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Swedish Immigration policy: Why all in or all out?

Author:  Alexander Alm-Pandeya, Johns Hopkins University ________________________________________________________________________________________ 12.9 percent—12.9 percent of the votes of the Swedish people went to the far-right, anti-immigration party Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democrats). Many journalists and politicians expressed disgust and incredulity at the result, claiming that it was a manifestation of apathy and rejection of the complete shutdown of debate on immigration policy. […]

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“Christ, the Chinese even invented Golf”

Author: Katelyn Shiring, Goucher College _____________________________________________________________________________________________ China confronts the Western nations with an enormous problem: we do not understand it. British scholar Martin Jacques made a prediction in 2009 that the Chinese economy will be equal with the United States’ economy by 2025, and surpass it by 2050, in terms of unadjusted GDP. Earlier this […]

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O’Malley’s Legacy in the Maryland Governor’s Race

Author: McHenry Lee, Johns Hopkins University _____________________________________________________________________________________________ After serving 8 years in Annapolis, Governor Martin O’Malley will have to step down this year as he reaches his term limit. That means that on November 4th, the citizens of this fine state will head to the polls and choose his replacement. On the ballot are Republican Businessman […]

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