The Legend of El Chapo: The Making of a Modern Tragic Hero

By Laura Pontari On January 8th, 2016, narcotics history was made forever. However, the breaking news was strangely familiar. After six months on the run following his escape from Altiplano Prison, notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was finally recaptured by the Mexican government. This will be the third capture of El Chapo, who…


Unmasking Anonymous

By Jake Frenkel The world recently mourned the victims of the Paris attacks in November of last year. After the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility, a network of hackers promised revenge. This group, known as Anonymous, received a surprising amount of support and admiration from many on social media who…


Anthony Kennedy: The Real Star in 2016

By Kal Golde The Supreme Court is aging. By year’s end, three of the nine sitting justices – Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg – will be at least 80 years old. The next president will almost certainly have the opportunity to select the replacement for one of these high judges, which could…


Cybersecurity: Today’s Problem, Tomorrow’s Threat

By William Robinson Catching the United States by surprise, the Japanese devastated the U.S. military forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. With calculated ferocity, the Japanese destroyed 188 aircraft, sank or damaged 16 warships, and killed 2,402 people. Tragically, the attack on Pearl Harbor should not have been a surprise. Of…


It’s a Man’s War

By Cait Felt While war affects all victims differently, women often bear the brunt of trauma that goes unseen. Throughout history, women have been torn from their homes, raped, enslaved, and have even fought alongside male soldiers in conflicts entirely directed by male leaders. The first record of women in peace negotiations comes from an…


Two Perspectives on Closing Gitmo

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is home to the United States’ most notorious detention center. The Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, commonly referred to as Gitmo, has imprisoned more than 750 suspected terrorists since 2001. Declared as enemy combatants, these detainees, several of whom are American citizens, do not have access to the civilian court system. Gitmo is…


Palestine: Differing Views in Israel & The Jewish Diaspora

By Michael Momayezi The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often portrayed as a conflict between two unwavering and vehemently opposed sides unwilling to make concessions. Reports of the recent rise in violence like that of 13 year old Palestinian Ahmed Mansara, who stabbed two Israeli Jews and was subsequently beaten, have strengthened the salience of this polarized…


Fan (Courtroom) Duel

By Joseph Hendricks In 1979, Daniel Okrent unknowingly commenced a fantasy sports revolution with his invention of “rotisserie baseball.” Founded as a medium for self-proclaimed baseball “know-it-alls” to competitively test their convictions via head-to-head contests, rotisserie baseball has evolved into the fantasy sports industry which encompasses all major sports in season-long competitions. Daily fantasy sports…

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