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…

Venezuela and the Resource Curse

By Aditi Poduri The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has been a subject of debate among Western political pundits recently, with many conservative voices pointing to the crisis as proof that socialist policies lead to ruin. These arguments are persuasive; President Hugo Chavez undertook costly social welfare programs, and his popularity among the working…

The Global Rise of Nationalism

By McKenna Ross Nationalism is an ideology that strongly identifies with one’s own nation and vigorously supports its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of those of other nations. Consequently, it is often equated with distrust of foreigners and a desire for greater immigration control. This ideology is on the rise around the world,…

The Paris Agreement: Why US Withdrawal is a Mistake

By Samuel Brown Since the start of President Trump’s term, administration officials have repeatedly signaled the administration’s intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement. This agreement is a landmark deal that was reached at the conclusion of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted in Paris, France. The goal of…

Refusal to Pay UN Dues: A Danger to US Hegemony

By Cormac O’Harrow Since helping charter the United Nations in 1945, the United States has refused to pay its dues only a handful of times, most notably during the 1980s when President Reagan boycotted the addition of newly formed nations after centuries of colonization. Now, President Trump, in line with his ‘American First’ nationalist foreign…