Matthew Petti, Columbia University: On December 4, Human Rights Watch published a disturbing report on the treatment of Êzîdî genocide survivors by the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government. The police forces of the KRG are enforcing a blockade on Mount Sinjar, an Êzîdî-majority region that was devastated by ISIS, for political reasons, preventing the return […]Read more "Out of the Frying Pan: Êzîdî Genocide Survivors in Iraqi Kurdistan"
Michael Gentile, Johns Hopkins University: An evergreening dollar, a fragile oil agreement, and a constriction of economic options has brought upon a bill-collecting opportunity for Venezuela’s creditors. On pace for 368% inflation by year’s end, Venezuela will begin 2017 with $15 billion of debt staring down a measly $10.9 billion in foreign reserves. Their odds […]Read more "A Prayer to Circling Birds"
J. Otis Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war increased over the past week with the addition of the Admiral Kuznetsov, its only aircraft carrier, to its fleet in the eastern Mediterranean. Russia conducted a series of airstrikes and ship-based missile strikes against rebel groups in Syria in preparation for a major ground offensive […]Read more "All Eyes on the Next Secretary of State"
Richard D. Elliott, UMBC: On Tuesday, November 8th, our country was shaken to the core. A candidate with no experience in politics or the military won – the only President-elect with that dubious distinction – despite trailing in almost all polls and having the lowest favorability ratings of any presidential candidate in American history. Only […]Read more "Where Do We Go From Here: Ideas to Reform the Democratic Party"
Adam Bryla, Baruch College: The U.S. presidential election has finally come to a long and awaited end, and Donald J. Trump is the last man standing. As many have heard from the media’s rhetoric this past week, the results of this election will have many implications in the U.S. and around the world. One of […]Read more "Mr. Trump’s Court"
Thea Harvey-Brown, Johns Hopkins University: Dan Fox, co-editor of frieze, Europe’s foremost magazine of contemporary art and culture, wrote that “in the arts, pretentiousness is the brand of witchcraft used by scheming cultural mandarins to keep the great unwashed at bay. It’s a way of saying that contemporary art is a ‘con’ and that subtitled […]Read more "Artless Criticism"
Giancarlo Diaz, Baruch College: On November 8th it was decided after a divisive and bitter election who will hold the reins of the most powerful position any one individual can hold. On that day president-elect Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in an upset that has shocked the world. People across the country glued to their […]Read more "One Presidency to Rule Them All"
Tyler Lewis, University of Maryland Baltimore County: I was stunned. It was roughly 10:45 p.m. and Ohio had just been called for Donald Trump. The news would only become more shocking as the night grew old and the electoral map red, with Trump winning Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. At 2:35 a.m., Hillary Clinton phoned […]Read more "Trump Won: How it Happened and Where We Go From Here"
Alex Robledo, Georgetown University: Excitement, confusion, nervousness, disbelief, defeat. That was the track of emotions I, and many millions of Americans who supported Secretary Clinton, felt as the election results slowly but surely pointed to a rousing Donald Trump victory. When I woke up the next morning, I was honestly unsure what had happened. For […]Read more "Reflections from a Former Republican Turned Democrat"
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 […]Read more "Reshuffling the House of Cards: An Early look at a Trump Presidency"