Why Don’t Democrats Care About Ohio?

It is becoming clear that Ohio’s status as a swing state is coming into question; the Republican Party has made active and deliberate choices to invest in Ohio and woo it away from Democrats, while the Democratic Party has been noticeably absent for the past three years. Looking towards the Midterm elections, it seems as…

Yemen: The Importance of Success in a Failed State

On Christmas Day, 2009, the United States almost suffered another 9/11. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, attempted to detonate explosives on board a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The attack was unsuccessful thanks to faulty planning and passenger intervention, but the fact that the bomber was able to get through security signals…

Ambassadorship for Sale

In February 2014, Noah Bryson Mamet told the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee that he had never been to Argentina. He was speaking at his appointment hearing to become the American ambassador to that very country. Mamet raised over $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. Mamet’s nomination by the Obama Administration is not the only…

End the Cuban Embargo: Does it Mean Anything?

Two days after the New York Times published an article detailing the repeated attempts of Cubans to reach the United States, the newspaper’s Editorial Board wrote an editorial arguing that President Obama should end the embargo on Cuba. As the newspaper said, “for the first time in more than 50 years, shifting politics in the…

Why The Midterms Matter

The malaise of the median voter is at an all time high, and it’s not hard to understand why. Endless partisan gridlock has kept Congress’ approval ratings in the low teens. President Obama — widely seen as ineffectual and aloof — has overstayed his welcome. Economic growth is disappointing and the rising culture war is bitter. So…

Still Waiting to #BringBackOurGirls

Tuesday, October 14 marked six months from the date a group of nearly 300 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria was kidnapped by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram. The kidnapping prompted a flurry of social media uproar, notably the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, championed by teens and celebrities alike. Secretary of State John Kerry described the situation as…


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Why Don’t Democrats Care About Ohio?

Why Don’t Democrats Care About Ohio?

It is becoming clear that Ohio’s status as a swing state is coming into question; the Republican Party has made active and deliberate choices to invest in Ohio and woo it away from Democrats, while the Democratic Party has been noticeably absent for the past three years. Looking towards the Midterm elections, it seems as…

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Ambassadorship for Sale

Ambassadorship for Sale

In February 2014, Noah Bryson Mamet told the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee that he had never been to Argentina. He was speaking at his appointment hearing to become the American ambassador to that very country. Mamet raised over $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. Mamet’s nomination by the Obama Administration is not the only…

read more

Why The Midterms Matter

Why The Midterms Matter

The malaise of the median voter is at an all time high, and it’s not hard to understand why. Endless partisan gridlock has kept Congress’ approval ratings in the low teens. President Obama — widely seen as ineffectual and aloof — has overstayed his welcome. Economic growth is disappointing and the rising culture war is bitter. So…

read more

World

Yemen: The Importance of Success in a Failed State

Yemen: The Importance of Success in a Failed State

On Christmas Day, 2009, the United States almost suffered another 9/11. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, attempted to detonate explosives on board a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The attack was unsuccessful thanks to faulty planning and passenger intervention, but the fact that the bomber was able to get through security signals…

read more

Still Waiting to #BringBackOurGirls

Still Waiting to #BringBackOurGirls

Tuesday, October 14 marked six months from the date a group of nearly 300 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria was kidnapped by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram. The kidnapping prompted a flurry of social media uproar, notably the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, championed by teens and celebrities alike. Secretary of State John Kerry described the situation as…

read more

Peril and Impunity in Mexico: Justice in Tlatlaya

Peril and Impunity in Mexico: Justice in Tlatlaya

The decade long drug war has brought the Mexican military and judicial system eye to eye with the abyss. Corruption and brutality have become endemic in the Mexican government’s war on drugs, and sweeping legal reform has brought about little more than a cosmetic change in policy. Four consecutive Inter-American Court rulings against Mexico had…

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Culture

End the Cuban Embargo: Does it Mean Anything?

End the Cuban Embargo: Does it Mean Anything?

Two days after the New York Times published an article detailing the repeated attempts of Cubans to reach the United States, the newspaper’s Editorial Board wrote an editorial arguing that President Obama should end the embargo on Cuba. As the newspaper said, “for the first time in more than 50 years, shifting politics in the…

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Voluntourism: Sending America’s “Best and Brightest” as a Guilt Trip

Voluntourism: Sending America’s “Best and Brightest” as a Guilt Trip

The recent on-campus screening of Oil and Water, a movie about two boys confronting the exploitation of the natural resources of the indigenous communities in the Amazon in Ecuador, and its incorporation into this year’s summer readings and commencement speech, billed the movie as a vital partnership against a behemoth evil — big oil companies….

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Latin@ Celebrities’ Impact on American Politics

Latin@ Celebrities’ Impact on American Politics

“First letter of Cuba, is an open letter [sic] / Born in Miami, right on time / Scarface, El Mariel, Cuban crime [sic] / Here’s the freedom we ride for, here’s the freedom we die for / C-u-b-a hope to see you free one day.” So states Pitbull in his “Open Letter“ about Cuba in response…

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