Tensions in Kashmir: The Beginning of the Fifth Indo-Pakistan War?

By: McKenna Ross On February 14, 2019, a suicide bomber killed 40 paramilitary Indians in the Kashmir region of India. The Indian government accused the Jaish-i-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based militant group, of the attack, but Pakistan denied the group’s presence in its country.  Pakistan was willing to cooperate in an investigation, but India chose a more…

The Hijacking of Polish National Courts

By: Ryan Thiele Since the Law and Justice (PiS) party took the reigns of the Polish government in 2015, the party has been on a crusade to remove “communist influence” from the country by taking over the courts. Led by President Andrzej Duda and Party Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the party has used its majority to…

America’s Stagnancy in the Face of Persecution

By: Emery Jochnau The international community is becoming increasingly aware of what could potentially evolve into a cultural genocide in the Xinjiang region of China. Chinese authorities have been constructing detention camps to hold the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group primarily located in the Xinjiang region, and has been committing numerous other human rights violations toward…

Gender Inequality Threatens to Make the Korean Wave a Ripple

By: Matthew Maurice In 2012, a historic milestone was reached in pop culture history. For the first time, a YouTube video reached over a billion views. While this was bound to happen eventually, most would have guessed that it would be a popular Western artist or YouTuber, or a hilariously rewatchable animal video that broke…

Political Turmoil in Sudan

By: Jadalyn Eagens In December, riots broke out in Sudan as the price of bread went up by about 300 percent. People took to the streets to demand higher wages and lower prices for basic goods from the government. As the protests gained traction, they shifted from a request for individual reforms to an uprising…

Notre Dame Cathedral Scarred by Fire

By: Meredith Antell Paris residents watched as the Notre Dame cathedral, the symbol of beauty and history of Paris, was damaged by a dramatic fire last Monday evening. Completed in the 13th century, the cathedral has served as a landmark for Paris, attracting around 13 million people each year — nearly double the visitors of…

The Ukrainian Election: TV Star Turned Presidential Frontrunner

By: Daniel Zaydman On March 31, over eighteen million Ukrainians went to the polls for the first time since the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who plays the Ukrainian President on the wildly-popular satirical television series Servant of the People, came out in first place with over 30 percent of the popular vote in…

Guaidó V. Maduro: What Happened and What is Next?

By: William Keenan In January 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for his second six-year term as the leader of the nation. Just days later, amid protests and uneasiness, opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, directly challenging the Maduro’s leadership and leading to mass protests and outcries of support…