The American Conception of Poverty

Author: Nick Clyde, Johns Hopkins University _________________________________________________________________________________________ Just a few weeks ago, I was walking down Saint Paul Street between 32nd and 33rd street, where many of Charles Village’s homeless spend their days asking for change. It was a sunny, warm day and the leaves of the trees were just beginning to fall. As I […]

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The Overlooked, Emerging War in the Middle East

Author: Ashby Henningsen, UMBC _______________________________________________________________________________________ While much of the world has been gripped by images of airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, an equally lethal and equally worrisome conflict unfolds in the peninsular country of Yemen. There, sectarian division and civil unrest threaten to completely dismantle the existing government, which already […]

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Can American Media Learn a Lesson from Canadian Media Coverage of the Parliament Hill Shooting?

Author: Cole Novatt, Johns Hopkins University _______________________________________________________________________________________ On October 22nd, 2014, an armed attacker killed a Canadian soldier at Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa before rushing into the Canadian Parliament, where he was ultimately killed by the Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers. Only two days later, another shooting occurred across the border, this time at a high […]

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Liberal Democrats’ Political Mediating Force In the UK On The Decline

Author: William Anderson, Johns Hopkins University _______________________________________________________________________________________ When asked to describe British politics, the learned observer will usually recount lively sessions of Prime Minister’s Questions, boisterous Members of Parliament, and the humorous use of respectful, sarcastic language when debating. Parliament watchers see Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband of the Labour Party and Prime Minister […]

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The Subjective Bias Towards Mexico’s President: Peña Nieto’s Reputation Domestic and Abroad

Author: Keely Herring, Johns Hopkins University ___________________________________________________________________________________________ In late September of this year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto won the Global Citizen Award from a think-tank called the Atlantic Council. In late October, he has become the target of a twitter campaign demanding his resignation. Why the discrepancy in opinion? Rather than delving into an […]

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Coming Out as a Conservative: One Girl’s Experience with Partisanship in the United States

Author: Nora Corasaniti, UMBC _________________________________________________________________________________ As a resident of one of the last “red” districts in Maryland, it shouldn’t have been uncomfortable and nerve-wracking for me to admit last spring to my POLI 100 class that yes, I, Nora, someone they all had befriended, am a conservative (and not the boogie man). Yet, as I […]

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Ebola and the Western World’s Response

Author: Lauren Meyer, Loyola University _____________________________________________________________________________________ Ebola. It is a 5 letter word that has been causing mass hysteria in the past few weeks; that is, if you have been keeping up with American media. Since the first case of Ebola emerged in the U.S. on October 6th, the media has been flooding information on […]

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Romney and Sarkozy: Familiar but Flawed

Author: Dana Ettinger, Johns Hopkins University _____________________________________________________________________________________ Search “Mitt Romney comeback” and several results pop up. Op-eds from various news outlets proclaim his “perfect position” to run for the GOP’s presidential ticket in 2016. Political pundits have begun tossing his name around, a sharp contrast from the attention given to Chris Christie a few months […]

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