Sexual Assault Worldwide: From the Catholic Church to the US Supreme Court

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello Sexual assault is an issue that prevails throughout society, specifically when those in power exert it over their victims. Reports of sexual assault and misconduct are not new to the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, there treatment of victims and survivors is horrifying. Pope Francis stated on Saturday September 29 that he wants people…

Venezuela Drone Assassination Attempt

By: Adrian Douglas Arcoleo Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro claims to have survived an assassination attempt by two explosive unmanned aerial systems. The alleged attempt occurred during a speech at a military event where government officials claimed two drones armed with explosives detonating in the air. Video of the speech shows the president and his wife…

Saudi Arabian Women Can Now Drive: What Still Needs to be Done

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the ban was officially lifted in Saudi Arabia that prevented women from driving, which meant that now women can drive in every nation. A main reason that this ban was lifted is due to economic implications. Currently, there is a plan of social and economic reform in Saudi…

Battle of the Biofuels: Big Corn vs Big Oil

By: Kelli Liegel Big Oil and Big Corn cannot seem to compromise on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the subsequent export-subsidies on RINs (Renewable Identification Number) that the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed. The corn industry claims that Mr. Pruitt’s adverse export-subsidy proposals will drive corn prices down and crush farmers…

Syria: Russia’s Hope for Relevance in the Middle East

By: Jared Lang From the conventional perspective on recent Russian foreign policy, getting involved in the Syrian Civil War appears to break from Putin’s playbook. When it comes to foreign conflicts, Putin has, since his ascendence to the Russian presidency in 2000, deployed armed forces almost exclusively in the countries immediately neighboring the Russian Federation…

Paper or Plastic?

By: Matthew Quraishi-Landes On April 20, 2018, two days before Earth Day, countries convened in New York to explore possible solutions to this year’s Earth Day theme: “Kicking the Plastic Bag Addiction: A Plan for Response to Plastic Pollution”. Among nations present were France, Mexico, Rwanda, Morocco, and other European Union nations who presented possible strategies…

RUN DFC: The BUILD Act

By: Kelli Liegel In today’s highly-polarized political climate, it is rare to see overwhelming bipartisan support regarding policy issues. Defying this norm, on February 27th, Ted Yoho (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill to Congress that they believe everyone can get behind. The BUILD Act, which…

Peak Oil Demand: Political and Economic Consequences

By: Ryan McGuine and Sam Alhadeff In 1956, Shell geologist M. King Hubbert predicted that American oil production would peak in 1970 and decline from then on and that worldwide production would do the same sometime around 2000. This narrative, known as “peak oil supply,” predicted that as humans use increasing amounts of oil, existing…

Elections in Azerbaijan: A Win for Democracy’s Favorite Dictator

By: Jack Urban On April 11, 2018, Ilham Aliyev was re-elected to a fourth term as President of Azerbaijan. Despite Azerbaijan’s close ties to the West, their standing as the first Muslim majority secular country in the world, or their massive oil reserves, this event went largely unnoticed by the world. Moreover, in order to…

Wir Schaffen Das: Is it a Reality?

By: Emily Janicik Angela Merkel’s famous slogan “wir schaffen das,” which she originally introduced in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis in Europe, translates in English to “we can do it.” After three years of tackling the difficult issue of world migration, however, many Germans are becoming disillusioned with this sentiment. In 2015, Germany…