The American Wealth Tax: can we learn a thing or two from Europe?

By: Michael DeLeers Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been making waves in the media lately with her proposal for a wealth tax. Warren’s proposed tax would place a 2% tax on those with assets over $50 million and a 6% tax on those with assets above $1 billion. It is a tax on net wealth,…

A Democracy in Danger: The Right’s Coup in Bolivia

By: Daniel Zaydman The last few months have been a tumultuous time for much of Latin America. Political unrest has swept the region, claiming Bolivia as its most recent victim. On November 10, former Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced out of office in a coup after election authorities claimed the most recent presidential election…

State Sovereignty in the Face of Genocide

By: McKenna Ross The Rohingya are a primarily Muslim group of people in majority Buddhist Myanmar. Persecution against them began in the 1970s, when the state government refused to acknowledge the Rohingya as a legitimate ethnic group of Myanmar. This made them into a stateless people and therefore not eligible for state protection. This was…

As Spanish Dictator is Reexhumed, Wounds From Civil War Still Fester

By Sophia Halverson Although the Spanish Civil War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the twentieth century, most of the world has never heard of it. Fifty years of enforced silence under military dictator Francisco Franco has created a culture of silence that is slowly beginning to break down.  Spain has been brought up…

International Human Trafficking laws: Why The Time For Change is Now

By Abby Ivancevich Human trafficking affects over 20 million people worldwide. The United Nations defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation.” We often choose to believe that slavery is…

Could a Trump Impeachment be the Economy’s Worst Nightmare?

By: Fatima Ali As the impeachment inquiry continues, Americans are rightfully concerned about how the trial and a possible Trump impeachment could affect the American and global economy. The timeline of the impeachment investigation is very unpredictable.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that she has “no idea” if the investigation will conclude by the end…

The Consequences of Amazon Deforestation for Indigenous Peoples

By Lauren Hutson According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, the Amazon Rainforest lost 3,769 square miles of rainforest due to deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019. This marks the highest rate of deforestation since 2008 and is a 30% increase from the previous year. An intense surge of fires has raged during…

Religious Persecution in China: Watching History Repeat?

By Zach Lipecki The year is 1899, and the Chinese Boxer Rebellion has just begun with the killing of two priests in Juye County, China. What would follow over the course of the next two years was a dark, albeit short, time in Chinese history; thousands of Christians and foreign missionaries would be hunted and…

Hong Kong’s Symbolic Meaning to Chinese

By Juilin Lu After months of demonstration, the people of Hong Kong’ not seem to have shifted Beijing politics. Millions of Hong Kong citizens are pushing for a democratic government, and the government answered their calls with tear gas and rubber bullets. As Beijing decided to take a hard-line approach toward this issue,  it is…

With the JCPOA Crumbling, US-Iran Relations Remain in Doubt

By Riley Fink The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed to in 2015 by Iran, Germany, and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This historic deal aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Specifically, Iran was to dramatically reduce…