From Badges to Battles: Police Militarization in America

On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a young, unarmed black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by an on-duty police officer. While it’s a story that’s been told over and over this last month, it is also a story that’s been familiar for decades, repeated countless times, with different names and in…

Welcome to the Jungle

On the surface, Senator Mary Landrieu seems to have all the strengths needed to survive as a Democrat in a red state: long experience in the Senate, the support of business interests and a storied family name. Her decades-old political machine, which has propelled her to victory after victory, is one of her greatest assets….

Polar Bears and Butterflies; Donkeys and Elephants

“We are not going to be talking about polar bears and butterflies,” said political strategist Chris Lehane, “We are going to be talking about how this issue of climate impacts people in their backyards, in their states, in their communities.” Rather than dismiss the pathos of seeing a lone polar bear stranded on an iceberg,…


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From Badges to Battles: Police Militarization in America

From Badges to Battles: Police Militarization in America

On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a young, unarmed black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by an on-duty police officer. While it’s a story that’s been told over and over this last month, it is also a story that’s been familiar for decades, repeated countless times, with different names and in…

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Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

On the surface, Senator Mary Landrieu seems to have all the strengths needed to survive as a Democrat in a red state: long experience in the Senate, the support of business interests and a storied family name. Her decades-old political machine, which has propelled her to victory after victory, is one of her greatest assets….

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World

[Liveblog] Why Gaza Matters: Brown Teach-In

[Liveblog] Why Gaza Matters: Brown Teach-In

Images of death and destruction in Gaza have elicited anguished reactions and raised large questions that go well beyond the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “Why Gaza Matters,” an open discussion led by five Brown faculty, addresses the causes, contexts and consequences of the war. Sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies, the panelists include: Beshara Doumani,…

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As Turkey Votes, Erdogan Sees His Power Grow

As Turkey Votes, Erdogan Sees His Power Grow

In the past week of unseasonably wet weather, campaign posters like a plague of mushrooms have sprouted across Turkey, a country gearing up for its first direct presidential election on August 10. Almost overnight, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s solemn, resolute face was plastered on nearly every billboard, installed in nearly every advertising column and…

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Culture

Running in Heels

Running in Heels

In Pennsylvania, during the spring of 2008, Hillary Clinton’s campaign faced a notable problem: white women.  While Clinton courted the demographic as a key component for what could be a critical primary victory, they just weren’t biting. Barack Obama was everywhere in the media, and though projections had put her safely ahead of the Senator,…

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From the White House to Brown: Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

From the White House to Brown: Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

The White House has officially donned its white hat. The highly anticipated First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault was released yesterday. The interagency task force, which falls under the purview of the White House Council on Women and Girls, is fronted by Vice President Joe Biden, US…

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