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Disenfranchised from the Beginning

By Caitlin Rueden Take a moment to remember the last time you voted. Do you remember having to drive 150 miles to the nearest open polling station? Do you remember — after all of that driving — not being able to read the ballot because it was in a different language or having your ID…

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INTERVIEW: The Politics of the 2016 Olympic Games

By Sandy Davis Following the end of the Summer 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, questions have been raised concerning the political and economic welfare of the host country. In the aftermath of holding not one, but two major international sporting events in the past decade, Brazil’s economic and political future may be at…

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Private Prisons

By Megan Kriss On August 18 of this year, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will begin to reduce its reliance on the use of private prisons, with the goal of eventually ending their presence in the justice system entirely. Supporters of the decision have celebrated the announcement, with…

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The Politics of Plagues

By Grant Mercer Today’s Zika outbreak is not the first time mosquitos have caused an international panic. In 1841, the British ship HMS Eclair docked in Sierra Leone to replenish their dwindling supplies. After filling their holds, they began steaming back toward England, but unknowingly were leaving with far more than hard tack and whale…

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The Plight of the Syrian Jews

By Ariel Pinsky On August 26, Arutz Sheva (Israeli National News) reported that three of the last remaining Jewish families in war-torn Syria have been evacuated to Louisville, Kentucky, after posing as Christian Arabs to gain entrance into Sweden. A Louisville synagogue, with the help of local and foreign authorities, helped the six adults and…

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The End of the Line for Pacifism in Japan?

By Alex Boylston “Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces,…

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What Can ISIL Do for Free Speech?

By Rob Oldham Freedom of speech protects the marketplace of ideas, which is the notion that all speech potentially has value and that free people should decide what is acceptable and what is not. For the marketplace of ideas to thrive, the government should regulate as little speech as possible, a precaution against censuring ideas…

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Safe Harbor

By Kalvis Golde This article originally appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of GPR Magazine. Georgia voters have a chance to make an enormous impact when they vote in November 2016, and it has nothing to do with choosing our next president. There is a state constitutional amendment up for ratification in November that could…

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