Islamophobic America

Author: Dana Busgang, Goucher College ____________________________________________________________________________________ The first amendment to our constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a […]

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Time is Running Out on Ambassadors-Designate

Author: Abigail Sia, Johns Hopkins University _________________________________________________________________________________ After taking seven weeks off to focus on the midterm elections, the Senate returned to Washington last Wednesday to wrap up the remaining legislative business of the 113th Congress. Current Majority Leader Harry Reid has just a few short weeks to push through the last bits of the Democrats’ […]

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Mexico, Impunity, and the Untold Plight of 43 Missing Students

Author: Andrew Karns, Johns Hopkin University ___________________________________________________________________________________ Over the last few weeks, Mexicans everywhere have been awash with a bittersweet sensation of closure. The languishing hope that the 43 missing university students from Iguala would be found alive was all but laid to rest. Yet looming ominously over this profound popular mourning is the unimaginable […]

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The Road to Judicial Partiality

Author: Jared Mayer, Johns Hopkins University __________________________________________________________________________________ An election post-Citizens United would not be complete without somebody, somewhere, decrying the nearly unlimited expenditures used in the various campaigns. What struck me as surprising, however, was that, according to both The Atlantic as well as The New York Times, campaign expenditures for state Supreme Court elections […]

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The Curious Case of Catalonia

Author: Liam Murphy, Johns Hopkins University __________________________________________________________________________________ On Sunday, November 9th, the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia held a “self-determination referendum.” The vote consisted of two questions: 1) should the region be its own state; and 2) if yes, should it be an independent one? The Spanish government did not sanction the referendum and its […]

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The Progress of Burmese Democracy

Author: Ava White, Johns Hopkins University ___________________________________________________________________________________ The Southeast Asian country sandwiched between India and Thailand is going through an identity crisis: the US government refers to the country as Burma; however, the United Nations – and the country itself – maintains that its name is Myanmar, which in Burmese is simply a more formal […]

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5 Baltimore Universities, 5 Sexual Assault Policies

Author: Dana Ettinger, Johns Hopkins University ___________________________________________________________________________________ 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate college, largely by people they know. College men also experience sexual assault, at a rate of about 1 in 71. However, colleges and universities nationwide have been letting their students down when it comes to […]

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How America turned Red in 2014

Author: Logan Bronson & McHenry Lee, Johns Hopkins University __________________________________________________________________________________ What Happened? After their resounding defeat in the 2012 elections it seemed as if the Republican Party was heading down the path of electoral irrelevance. They had just been soundly beaten in a national election by a somewhat unpopular sitting President while losing the Hispanic, […]

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Fictional Non-Fiction: Fact-Checking & The Failure of The Publishing Industry

Author: Keely Herring, Johns Hopkins University ___________________________________________________________________________________ I am an avid fan of non-fiction books. The stories themselves tell us about the unusual or the unknown in our world, and though that on its own is interesting, what I find most intriguing about them is the reality of the stories being told. And I’m not […]

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“The Enemy of My Enemy”

Author: Ashby Henningsen, UMBC ________________________________________________________________________________ The past few months have witnessed a frantic effort by the Obama administration to assemble a broad united front in order to counteract the mounting threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. As of late, this coalition has comprised of actors in the immediate region, such as the United Arab Emirates […]

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