Brown Political Review
The Crusades Haven’t Ended: Crusades in Politics

It isn’t unusual for the president’s words to be analyzed and criticized. The propensity of Americans to routinely invoke their First Amendment rights against their chief executive makes it seems like a national pastime. As the leader of the nation, the president’s statements and actions not only represent his individual beliefs, but also have a […]

Meet Me in Pyongyang

One of the many complex repercussions of Japan’s turbulent 1960s, the abduction of Japanese civilians by North Korea, is still a potent emotional issue in domestic Japanese politics. In my previous article, I touched upon the actions of the Japanese Red Army Faction in the Middle East and North Korea. One other such subgroup of […]

What the UNC Chapel Hill Shootings Tell Us About Hate Crimes in the United States

On February 10, 2015, three college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were shot dead. Deah Barakat was a 23-year-old student at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. His wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, was 21 years old and had planned to enroll in the dentistry school this fall. Her 19-year-old sister was a […]

To Bend and Not Break: Land Reform and South Africa’s Democracy

South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address February 12 was largely overshadowed by the violence that erupted during it, with the live television signal cutting out as parliamentarians threw desks, seat cushions and hats, scuffling with each other and security officials in a chaotic parliamentary brawl. When President Zuma rose to deliver his […]

Barack to the Future: Media Engagement and 2016

Throughout his presidency, and especially during 2014, President Obama has made a concerted effort to connect to young voters through nontraditional means. He has made appearances on many TV shows like The Colbert Report and Jimmy Fallon. He has been in many YouTube videos, like a recent interview with Hank Green, Bethany Mota, and GloZell […]

Florida’s Bathroom Problem

Need to use a public restroom? If you live in Florida, that might soon be a criminal act, depending on who you are. On February 4th, Florida Representative Frank Artiles introduced HB583 in the state legislature, a bill that, if passed, would attempt to police the usage of single-sex public bathrooms. The bill, titled “Single […]


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Barack to the Future: Media Engagement and 2016

Barack to the Future: Media Engagement and 2016

Throughout his presidency, and especially during 2014, President Obama has made a concerted effort to connect to young voters through nontraditional means. He has made appearances on many TV shows like The Colbert Report and Jimmy Fallon. He has been in many YouTube videos, like a recent interview with Hank Green, Bethany Mota, and GloZell […]

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Offshore Wind Farms: Spinning Towards a Cleaner Future

Offshore Wind Farms: Spinning Towards a Cleaner Future

With growing alarm regarding climate change in the new millenium, the United States has energized efforts to utilize clean energy sources. Over the past decade, the United States has invested $25 billion dollars in the wind industry. However, while US interest in wind energy has increased, the nation has not capitalized on a segment of […]

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21 Has Gone Bust: Rethinking the Drinking Age

21 Has Gone Bust: Rethinking the Drinking Age

On January 19, Brown announced a review of its alcohol and social event policies and put into place an interim policy “prohibiting parties with alcohol service in residential areas” in an email from January 19. Student groups could host events with alcohol “in approved campus spaces,” but parties were banned in program houses and fraternities. […]

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World

Meet Me in Pyongyang

Meet Me in Pyongyang

One of the many complex repercussions of Japan’s turbulent 1960s, the abduction of Japanese civilians by North Korea, is still a potent emotional issue in domestic Japanese politics. In my previous article, I touched upon the actions of the Japanese Red Army Faction in the Middle East and North Korea. One other such subgroup of […]

read more

To Bend and Not Break: Land Reform and South Africa’s Democracy

To Bend and Not Break: Land Reform and South Africa’s Democracy

South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address February 12 was largely overshadowed by the violence that erupted during it, with the live television signal cutting out as parliamentarians threw desks, seat cushions and hats, scuffling with each other and security officials in a chaotic parliamentary brawl. When President Zuma rose to deliver his […]

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Ghosts of the Communist Past: Victims, Perpetrators and the Pursuit of Transitional Justice

Ghosts of the Communist Past: Victims, Perpetrators and the Pursuit of Transitional Justice

The pursuit of transitional justice has proven to be a very problematic process in different forms and degrees throughout post-communist Eastern Europe. Since the collapse of the communist regimes in 1989, most governments of these post-communist countries have initiated a mechanism of transitional justice to reconcile past and present and bring perpetrators of communist crimes […]

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Culture

The Crusades Haven’t Ended: Crusades in Politics

The Crusades Haven’t Ended: Crusades in Politics

It isn’t unusual for the president’s words to be analyzed and criticized. The propensity of Americans to routinely invoke their First Amendment rights against their chief executive makes it seems like a national pastime. As the leader of the nation, the president’s statements and actions not only represent his individual beliefs, but also have a […]

read more

What the UNC Chapel Hill Shootings Tell Us About Hate Crimes in the United States

What the UNC Chapel Hill Shootings Tell Us About Hate Crimes in the United States

On February 10, 2015, three college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were shot dead. Deah Barakat was a 23-year-old student at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. His wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, was 21 years old and had planned to enroll in the dentistry school this fall. Her 19-year-old sister was a […]

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Florida’s Bathroom Problem

Florida’s Bathroom Problem

Need to use a public restroom? If you live in Florida, that might soon be a criminal act, depending on who you are. On February 4th, Florida Representative Frank Artiles introduced HB583 in the state legislature, a bill that, if passed, would attempt to police the usage of single-sex public bathrooms. The bill, titled “Single […]

read more