Reshuffling the House of Cards: An Early look at a Trump Presidency

McHenry Lee, Johns Hopkins University During 18 months of a tumultuous and controversial election season, President-elect Trump shattered almost every preconceived notion about politics. The New York billionaire infamously insulted war heroes, gold star families, disabled Americans, Latinos, and was even caught on video bragging about sexual assault, any of which would’ve doomed a normal […]

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Race in the Workplace: Myth or Ignored Injustice?

Author: Zachary Goldberg, UMBC                    _______________________________________________________________________________________ I used to think that racism and discrimination were inflamed talking points for politicians. This partly had to do with the bloated and visceral attention given to these issues by the NAACP and other organizations. And it is true that organizations […]

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Israel’s Isolation

Author: Ahmed Eissa, UMBC ______________________________________________________________________________________ A head of state’s first public action or executive order after assuming office is always symbolic, and often indicative of their ideological base. It serves as a statement. In the case of current United States President Barack Obama, his first executive order, two days after his inauguration ceremony, ordered the swift […]

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Gerrymandering in US Politics

Author: McHenry Lee, Johns Hopkins University                    _______________________________________________________________________________________ In a year where so many incumbents lost in the midterm elections and the approval rating of Congress as a whole stood at a mere 19%, you would think voters would choose to oust many of their own congressmen. […]

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Democracy’s Moment of Truth in Burkina Faso?

Author: Ashby Henningsen, UMBC                      _______________________________________________________________________________________ Over the past weekend, the world bore witness to yet another example of how quickly public outcry can catalyze political upheaval. In the western African country of Burkina Faso, protesters decrying the possibility of a fifth ruling term by long-ruling strongman […]

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Leftist Latin America: Destined for dysfunction?

Author: Liam Murphy, Johns Hopkins University _________________________________________________________________________________________ Is the pink tide ebbing? Less than a decade ago, Latin America was home to numerous vibrant leftist political movements, with popular leaders such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Brazil’s Lula da Silva leading the charge for socialist reform and a rebuke of capitalist intervention in the region. […]

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The Cost of International Tourism

Author: Ian Anderson, Johns Hopkins University _________________________________________________________________________________________ Bleary eyed and stiff from a very uncomfortable seat, I woke up at the tail end of a 12 hour train ride across Uttar Pradesh. I was Traveling from Varanasi to Agra, sharing a cabin with two Uruguayans who had already come down with a very bad case of […]

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