Keely Herring, JHU: For Argentina, outlandish and detrimental political leadership along with economic crises seem to be the typical “rinse and repeat.” The all too familiar unreliability and corruption in Argentine political leadership has only continued, and arguably come to a head with President Cristina Kirchner and recent events involving the murder of Alberto […]Read more "The End of the Kirchner Dynasty in Argentina Could Not Come Soon Enough"
Eli Wallach, JHU: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is getting a lot of press these days. Amidst a series of gruesome executions including that of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian air force pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh, it seems the whole world is uniting in collective fear and disapproval of ISIS’s terror-inflicting tactics. […]Read more "Why Do Iraqis Think The CIA Started ISIS?"
Michael Drager, Loyola: I arrived in France exactly one week after the Charlie Hebdo attack. In the days leading up to my journey, the American media led a firestorm surrounding the tragic events, with some news outlets likening Paris to a war zone. I constantly received updates from my French program directors, the U.S. embassy, […]Read more "French Fears Call for Transatlantic Dialogue"
McHenry Lee, JHU: It is often hard to see the effects and consequences of the war on terror at home, especially for a typical college student. This is largely because the conflict takes place halfway around the globe and, unlike Vietnam, this war is fought by a volunteer army of professional soldiers, not college draftees. […]Read more "Does Strategic Value of Drones Outweigh Negative Consequences?"
Aurel Malapani-Scala, JHU: On Sunday, January 18th 2015 the leftist party SYRIZA won a sweeping 149 parliamentary seats in the Greek national elections. Moving forward, SYRIZA has an enormous responsibility. The significance of the upcoming years of SYRIZA’s coalition government reaches far beyond Greece’s borders. A successful populist party could encourage other weak Eurozone economies […]Read more "The Rise of Syriza and Greece’s Future in the Eurozone"
Jonathan Loewenberg, JHU: Last April, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections attempted to execute death row inmate Clayton Lockett with an untested combination of three drugs administered in a lethal injection. The execution went terribly wrong. Lockett began to writhe and gasp after he had already been declared unconscious and ultimately died of a heart attack […]Read more "Midazolam and Lethal Injections: Sedating Humanity"
Tyler Lewis, UMBC: In 2012, there were a recorded 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the United States. I said the nasty word that everyone hates: Illegal Immigrant. We don’t like them for all types of reasons. They take American jobs and they don’t pay taxes. They cost us money, because the government is bent on […]Read more "Illegal Immigration: Don’t Hate the Product of a Problem"