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June 15, 2021
UNITED STATES
The Case for Military Justice Reform
BY ETHAN MORALES
For eight years, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has introduced the same bill in...
Voting Behind Bars: Why Incarceration Should Not Limit the Right to Vote
BY SANJANA MANJESHWAR
On March 2, as congressmembers considered the For the People Act, a bill that would...
WORLD
The Child Made Your Chocolate
BY GARRETT LAYTON
Modern Slavery Individuals at the bottom in a supply chain are often separated from the...
Trauma Such as This in Peacetime: The Story of the 2020 Belarusian Protests
BY KATHERINE BOOSKA
“I saw bruises that covered their entire bodies...I was particularly struck by a bruise on...
CALIFORNIA
Weathering the Storm: How California Needs to Adapt to Sea Level Rise
BY ERIKA HSU
The classic postcard image of beautiful wide, sandy beaches in California is under threat by...
Cash v. Climate Change: A Dangerous Mix for CA Politics
BY IZZY VINYARD
In recent years, the world has been focusing its collective policy making efforts towards combating...
Make the Mariana Islands the 51st State
BY ALEXANDER SHERER ON MAY 29, 2021
Growing up it seemed so natural to me that America had 50 states—it was an even, balanced number. But as I started learning history in…
Sensory Marketing  – When Music Makes You Buy
BY LOUANA GARRAUD ON MAY 29, 2021
Sight. Sight. Sound. Smell. Taste. Touch.  Since the 1940s, major marketing corporations have studied ways to appeal to our five senses to convince us to buy. Today, manipulating…
A New Era of Hong Kong
BY XIANTAO WANG ON MAY 27, 2021
“Two-thousand and eighty-five votes in favor, zero against, and one abstention. [The bill is] passed!” On March 11, 2021, nearly 3,000 Chinese lawmakers passed the…
The Case for Military Justice Reform
BY ETHAN MORALES ON MAY 25, 2021
For eight years, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has introduced the same bill in the Senate: the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). Despite the…
Voting Behind Bars: Why Incarceration Should Not Limit the Right to Vote
BY SANJANA MANJESHWAR ON MAY 21, 2021
On March 2, as congressmembers considered the For the People Act, a bill that would enact the most comprehensive expansion of voting sights in the…
Science and Philosophy: Friend and Foe to Abortion Debate
BY KIRAKESSEL ON MAY 17, 2021
March 2021 was an eventful month for abortion in the news. On March 3, The New York Times published an opinion article outlining the political…
Our Politics Has A Sexual Violence Problem
BY IMAN ABDUL QADIR ON MAY 17, 2021
Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas: what do all these men, Democrats and Republicans alike, have in common?…
The Two State Solution Is Dead.
BY IMAN ABDUL QADIR ON MAY 13, 2021
The holy grail of conflict management has always been between Israel and Palestine; it is the most shining accomplishment for any individual or state mediator.…
Weathering the Storm: How California Needs to Adapt to Sea Level Rise
BY ERIKA HSU ON MAY 11, 2021
The classic postcard image of beautiful wide, sandy beaches in California is under threat by climate change. Climate change is irrevocably changing the California coastline…
Has the Left Gone too Far?: Addressing Racial Inequality in Primary Education
BY RYAN KEANE ON MAY 9, 2021
Launch yourself back into your first grade class and imagine this: Your teacher asks the class, “What’s four plus four?” Simple enough, you raise your…
Death to the Death Penalty: Capital Punishment as a Tool of White Supremacy
BY SOFIASARMIENTO ON MAY 9, 2021
White America is slowly but surely coming to the realization that when government-created and funded systems fail minorities, the intended systems have not broken; rather,…
To Hear or Not to Hear: The Dilemma of Hearing Parents with Deaf Children 
BY LOUANA GARRAUD ON MAY 7, 2021
Alice De Gentile first heard her mother’s voice when she was seven; due to a congenital cochlear malformation, she was born deaf in both ears.…
The Paradox Between Pension and Promise
BY KIRAKESSEL ON MAY 7, 2021
This last year has resurfaced issues leading to greater action towards change and exposed new crises that have left Americans feeling fearful of change. The…
Cash v. Climate Change: A Dangerous Mix for CA Politics
BY IZZY VINYARD ON MAY 5, 2021
In recent years, the world has been focusing its collective policy making efforts towards combating climate change. This is largely because scientists tell us that…
Originalism, The Supreme Court, and Reform
BY ANANYAVENKATRAMAN ON MAY 3, 2021
The relentless news cycle fixated on election and presidential transition turmoil made it relatively easy to forget that on October 26th, 2020, the Senate voted…
We Must Invest in a Public Healthcare System: Medicare for All Now!
BY ROBYSHIDELER ON MAY 3, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic may have started in the East, but China, a country with a population four times the size of the United States, kept…
R/Wallstreetbets: Occupying the Virtual Wall Street
BY TESSA STAPP ON MAY 3, 2021
Towards the end of January 2021, there came stock market turbulence that caused the largest mass stock sell off since the onset of the COVID-19…
Who’s at People’s Park? Mutual Aid Networks on the Rise!
BY CHARLES PALTZER ON MAY 1, 2021
  In April of 1969, the University of California purchased the site that is now People’s Park. Located just blocks away from the University of…
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Homeland: Life in the Disputed West Bank
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Israeli-Arab diplomatic breakthroughs mean little for West Bank residents August 2020 —A crowd of hundreds...
What Makes a Terrorist, What Makes an Ally
BY GARRETT LAYTON
As members of the United States, we are given a designated list of what groups...
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