Tim Shieh, JHU: On January 16th, Taiwan elected Tsai Ing-wen to become the first-ever female president to lead the island nation. Tsai, the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won in a landslide, garnering over 56% of total votes compared to 31% for the governing Kuomintang’s (KMT) candidate Eric Chu. The election follows […]Read more "Taiwanese Elections 2016: The Future of Cross-Strait Relations"
Muhammad Hudhud, JHU: University students, educated, American. Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were laid to rest this past Thursday. I tell myself that could have been me. Before their dubbed ‘execution-style’ killing, the three young individuals had loved their families, communities, country, and faith; they were very much […]Read more "Our Three Winners: Chapel Hill and a Galvanizing Moment"
Anna Quinn, Loyola University of MD: Last Monday, a swarm of couples gathered outside the probate court in Birmingham, Alabama, cheering as the first of the state’s marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples. The celebration began on the heels of a recent Supreme Court decision not to block a U.S. District Court ruling from […]Read more "Conflicting Orders: Gay Marriage’s Legal Standoff in Alabama"
Kathryne Cui, JHU: Since his election to the papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis has generated criticism, applause, shock, confusion, and examination after re-examination from Catholics and non-Catholics alike. If anything can objectively be said of the Pope, it is that the media loves him – or rather, the media loves that there just seems […]Read more "The Perplexing Politics of Pope Francis"
Liam Murphy, JHU: Fresh off a dominant performance in November’s midterm elections, Republican lawmakers would appear to be sitting pretty. After gaining a 54-seat majority in the Senate and widening its margin in the House, conservatives have secured for themselves the ability to push a legislative agenda through both chambers of Congress and curtail the […]Read more "The Conservative Cage Match: What Dissent Among Republicans Means for 2016"
Ashby Henningson, UMBC: Over the past several months, the world has been subjected to news of increasingly more inhuman acts by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). As a result, the terrorist movement has attained an arguably unprecedented infamy, both for the magnitude of their brutality and for their seeming flagrant boasting thereof. […]Read more "ISIS and the Purpose of Brutality"
Andrew Karns, JHU: A group of faculty from the Johns Hopkins University hosted a panel and discussion on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris on Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satire magazine known for its crude and distasteful depictions of politicians and religious figures. The conference was titled “Is All Really Forgiven?” in reference to the […]Read more "Freeing Freedom of Thought: Charlie Hebdo’s Aftermath"