Violence Without Borders

In just the last year, there has been a 117 percent increase in the number of unaccompanied children under 12 apprehended while attempting to enter the United States illegally. This phenomenon has repeatedly been called an “urgent humanitarian situation,” and President Barack Obama has appeared on numerous media outlets to address the crisis. While critics…

An Uncharitable Truth

‘‘Here’s how to tell if your company is a philanthropic hypocrite,” the Guardian’s Suzanne McGee fumed in early October, following news that oil giant Baker Hughes (BH) had announced a donation of $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Coming from a company that is heavily involved with fracking — a process that…

When The Swedish Fish

There is something rotten in the seas of Sweden. An unidentified swimming object was confirmed mid-November, nearly a month after Swedish military forces fervently searched their waters for the invading culprit. For a week in October, the Swedish military was gripped by the possibility that a Russian submarine was lurking in the murky and mysterious…

A Drug Deferred

While West Africa faces the ravages of Ebola, potential vaccines developed a decade ago are being exhumed from what Dr. James E. Crowe calls “the biotech valley of death.” Dr. Crowe, Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center at Vanderbilt University, describes the valley as the tenuous transition researchers face in moving drugs from animal to…

The Tricky Nationalism of Vladimir Putin

Putin’s expansion into Crimea, Ukraine and his other recent acts of aggression have been framed by some as parts of an attempt at rebuilding the Soviet Union. This description is intriguing, but predicated on a singular assumption: that Putin’s nationalism is based on a vision of Russia in the past, rather than on one in…

Crumbling Infrastructure in the United States

During rush hour on August 1, 2007, the Interstate 35-W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota suddenly collapsed, sending 111 vehicles plunging into the Mississippi River below. 13 people died and 145 were injured in the catastrophe. Although disasters like this are fairly uncommon, infrastructure failures occur with alarming frequency across the country. Just last May, a…


United States

Terrorists-In-Waiting: The Problems With FBI Sting Operations

Terrorists-In-Waiting: The Problems With FBI Sting Operations

It seems relatively straightforward: Four black Muslims in Newburgh, NY, known as the “Newburgh Four,” team up with Shahed Hussain, who claims to be a member of al-Qaeda, and plot to bomb synagogues in the Bronx and shoot Stinger missiles at military planes. The FBI thwarts the attack just in time, jails the terrorists, and…

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A Well Regulated Militia: American Militarized Terrorism

A Well Regulated Militia: American Militarized Terrorism

In the decades since the “Militia Movement” first rose to prominence in the ’90s, the movement has received even fewer minutes of primetime coverage. Yet, the groups’ threat has not dissipated with the passage time. In fact, some would argue this coalition of armed, anti-government groups, often with religious and racist ideologies, poses an ever…

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Crumbling Infrastructure in the United States

Crumbling Infrastructure in the United States

During rush hour on August 1, 2007, the Interstate 35-W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota suddenly collapsed, sending 111 vehicles plunging into the Mississippi River below. 13 people died and 145 were injured in the catastrophe. Although disasters like this are fairly uncommon, infrastructure failures occur with alarming frequency across the country. Just last May, a…

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World

Islam in Indonesia: Bucking the Narrative

Islam in Indonesia: Bucking the Narrative

The narrative about Islam fed to the American public by the media and politicians revolves around the volatility and violence in the Middle East. Middle Eastern countries are considered to implicitly support Islamic terror networks or are too weak to fight them. Yet, aside from this narrative being a gross oversimplification, it also ignores Islam…

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The Rise of False Terrorism in China

The Rise of False Terrorism in China

Xinjiang is the largest province in China, accounting for one-sixth of the country’s total geography. Yet, it is the most sparsely populated, sharing borders with several central Asian countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, creating a complicated mixture of Han and Islamic culture. Ideally, this tremendously vast province ought to function as a religious and…

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Mexico and the Politics of Terror

Mexico and the Politics of Terror

A new chapter of Mexican history began in 2006, when former President Felipe Calderón declared war against the country’s powerful drug cartels. Thousands of military troops were sent to the streets of Mexico’s border cities, where drug cartel activity had rapidly increased in the previous decades. The turning of cities into battlefields unleashed unprecedented levels…

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Culture

Fort Lauderdale Ordinance: The Deteriorating Rights of the Homeless

Fort Lauderdale Ordinance: The Deteriorating Rights of the Homeless

At least four residents of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, including a 90-year-old man, face up to 60 days in jail or a $500. Their crime? Feeding the homeless. In late October, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission approved Ordinance C-14-42. The measure is the latest in a string of ordinances across the country that place restrictions on…

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Tread Carefully: When Anti-Zionism Becomes Anti-Semitism

Tread Carefully: When Anti-Zionism Becomes Anti-Semitism

According to the president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, Europe is experiencing its worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. Media saturation of conflicts in Israel seem to correspond to increases of anti-Semitic violence in Europe. In France last summer during the Gaza conflict, pro-Palestinian protestors attacked Jewish stores and a synagogue, while…

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Veterans Post Conflict

Veterans Post Conflict

As the United States’ military involvement in Afghanistan and, to some extent, Iraq comes to an end, a new dynamic is forming between veterans and civilians. The emerging military-civilian divide in the United States is exacerbated by disparate communities, differences in perceptions of military members’ service and types of job opportunities. While the Department of…

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