The Rhode to the Governor’s Mansion

If a win-win situation ever existed in politics, the Rhode Island governor’s race might be it. Both candidates — Republican Allan Fung, mayor of Cranston, and Democrat Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island’s General Treasurer — are members of politically underrepresented groups as well as native Rhode Islanders. Regardless of who wins this year’s gubernatorial race, Rhode…

A Bone To Pick

On his deathbed, Oscar Wilde is reputed to have quipped, “I am dying as I have lived — beyond my means.” This sense of gallows humor is no doubt one that strikes a nerve with Argentines everywhere as the country slips into default for the second time this millennium. The first default arrived in 2001,…

Could Jon Stewart Host a Sunday Morning Show?

After reports surfaced that NBC was seriously courting Jon Stewart, a comedian and the host of The Daily Show, to host the network’s longest running and arguably most prestigious television program, the mere fact that Stewart was considered has huge significance for the future of political news programs. If serious media organizations are considering infusing…

Ayotzinapa: Exposing the Fallacy of the “Mexican Moment”

It has been three weeks since the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Starting with demonstrations on October 8th, civil society groups and the international community have demanded to know the whereabouts of the students and have clamored for justice against the perpetrators. The search has prompted more questions, but in the…

Lebanon’s Limited Educational Infrastructure for Syria’s “Lost Generation”

More than one million refugees have entered Lebanon since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, making up more than a quarter of Lebanon’s total population.  According to Dr. Maha Shuayb from the Centre for Lebanese Studies, approximately 630,000 of these are children between three and 18 years old. At least 50,000 refugee children…

[Liveblog] Providence Mayoral Debate

On October 15, Brown University Taubman Center for Public Policy is hosting the Providence mayoral debate. Democrat Jorge Elorza, Republican Daniel Harrop and independent Buddy Cianci will face off and discuss issues affecting the city and its residents. Brown Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Ross Cheit will moderate the event. This event is funded…


United States

A New Deal: The Consequences of the NBA Television Contract

A New Deal: The Consequences of the NBA Television Contract

The NBA announced last Monday they had reached a groundbreaking deal with ESPN and Turner Sports that is going to fundamentally change the business side of the game and the way fans watch the sport. This $24 billion deal spans nine seasons beginning in 2016 and constitutes a nearly 200 percent increase per season from…

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[Liveblog] Providence Mayoral Debate

[Liveblog] Providence Mayoral Debate

On October 15, Brown University Taubman Center for Public Policy is hosting the Providence mayoral debate. Democrat Jorge Elorza, Republican Daniel Harrop and independent Buddy Cianci will face off and discuss issues affecting the city and its residents. Brown Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Ross Cheit will moderate the event. This event is funded…

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Gridlock in Washington

Gridlock in Washington

Every morning, for six weeks this summer, I made the short walk from Union Station in Washington, DC to the Hart Senate Office Building, among a wave of other well-groomed Hill staffers and interns. As we checked our phones and strutted expeditiously to our offices, we passed by the array of panhandlers and homeless individuals…

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World

Ayotzinapa: Exposing the Fallacy of the “Mexican Moment”

Ayotzinapa: Exposing the Fallacy of the “Mexican Moment”

It has been three weeks since the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Starting with demonstrations on October 8th, civil society groups and the international community have demanded to know the whereabouts of the students and have clamored for justice against the perpetrators. The search has prompted more questions, but in the…

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Lebanon’s Limited Educational Infrastructure for Syria’s “Lost Generation”

Lebanon’s Limited Educational Infrastructure for Syria’s “Lost Generation”

More than one million refugees have entered Lebanon since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, making up more than a quarter of Lebanon’s total population.  According to Dr. Maha Shuayb from the Centre for Lebanese Studies, approximately 630,000 of these are children between three and 18 years old. At least 50,000 refugee children…

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Scotland Is Still a Part of the UK: Now What?

Scotland Is Still a Part of the UK: Now What?

On September 18, the Scottish came out in droves to decide whether the future Scotland lie as an independent state or as a country in the United Kingdom. With turnout around 85 percent, the voters ultimately decided by a 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent margin to remain part of the United Kingdom. While on the…

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Culture

Could Jon Stewart Host a Sunday Morning Show?

Could Jon Stewart Host a Sunday Morning Show?

After reports surfaced that NBC was seriously courting Jon Stewart, a comedian and the host of The Daily Show, to host the network’s longest running and arguably most prestigious television program, the mere fact that Stewart was considered has huge significance for the future of political news programs. If serious media organizations are considering infusing…

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Femme Fatales of Afghanistan and US Ignorance

Femme Fatales of Afghanistan and US Ignorance

While 13 years may have passed since September 11, 2001, Islamophobic sentiments in the United States remain as aggravated a problem as ever. This is most evident in a poll conducted by the Arab American Institute (AAI) regarding “American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims.” James Zogby, AAI President and author of “Arab Voices,” reports that…

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Is the American Church Following Francis’ Lead?

Is the American Church Following Francis’ Lead?

Since the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy, the global community has been eager to see if Pope Francis, who seemed far more liberal than his modern predecessors, would transform the Church in a significant way. As a South American Jesuit, the election of Francis was a possible sign that the…

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