Out of the Frying Pan: Êzîdî Genocide Survivors in Iraqi Kurdistan

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 […]

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A Prayer to Circling Birds

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 […]

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Mr. Trump’s Court

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 […]

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Artless Criticism

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 […]

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One Presidency to Rule Them All

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 […]

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Reshuffling the House of Cards: An Early look at a Trump Presidency

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 […]

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