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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...
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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…
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.…
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.…
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…
Painful Memory of Sri Lankan Civil Not Forgotten: A Reckoning At Last?
BY SHIVANI EKKANATH ON APRIL 25, 2021
On the fateful day of the 18th of May 2009, between 40,000 Tamils lost their lives in a Civil War that had embroiled the nation…
Vaccine Disparities: The Future of Foreign Policy?
BY IMAN ABDUL QADIR ON APRIL 17, 2021
As the end of Covid-19 slowly dawns, and with it the advent of a vaccine, a troubling trend is on the rise. Faced with worldwide…
Feeding the Moths Eating at Europe’s Fabric
BY DANILO GLEICHMANN ON APRIL 13, 2021
For those following European Politics, news of democratic backsliding is not new. Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party has ruled Hungary with an absolute majority in parliament…
Dog Overpopulation in New Mexico: A Symptom of Chronic Poverty
BY SOFIASARMIENTO ON APRIL 11, 2021
Notoriously overcrowded and underfunded, New Mexican animal shelters struggle every day to keep up with the number of strays and surrendered pets that come through…
What the Future for the Independent Party Holds
BY ISHIKASACHDEVA ON APRIL 9, 2021
Since the 1790s, with the establishment of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican political parties, the United States’ roots in the country’s two-party system have deepened. Nevertheless,…
For The Sake Of Our Asian Elders, Reject Anti-Blackness
BY RYAN LIU ON APRIL 3, 2021
Anti-Asian racism is surging, and it’s no secret as to why. Thanks to the bigoted lie that our community was responsible for bringing Covid-19 into…
America the Lonely: social isolation, public health, and right-wing populism
BY ALEXANDER SHERER ON MARCH 25, 2021
Our hunger to belong is the longing to find a bridge across the distance from isolation to intimacy. – John O’Donohue, Irish poet When the…
GreenWashing: On How Neo-Liberal Capitalism Persists Amid The Climate Crisis 
BY SHIVANI EKKANATH ON MARCH 16, 2021
Are we truly in an era of green marketing and greenwashing today as our climate crisis continues to deteriorate? Does Fiji water truly justify their…
No More Lies: The Truth About Raising the Minimum Wage
BY CHARLYNN TETER ON JANUARY 30, 2021
“I budget and budget, and I still can’t really buy no food,” explained Carolyn Allen, a 58-year-old minimum wage worker at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.…
The United Nations: Is It As United As We Think?
BY ISHIKASACHDEVA ON JANUARY 26, 2021
  On October 24, 1945, fifty nation representatives at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco collaborated to create the United Nations.…
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