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The Punchline on Race

By Shuchi Goyal This article appeared in the Fall ’16 edition of the Georgia Political Review. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 Academy Awards, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended across the internet, criticizing the lack of minority representation among nominees. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hoped that African-American show host and…

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Opinion: A Lament for the Swastika

By Shuchi Goyal In the late autumn every year, my family, along with over 800 million other Hindus around the world, celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights and the marker of the new year. Our neighbors in the United States now expect to see the Christmas lights in our bushes in October and to hear…

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Political Game Theory in the Middle East

By Seamus Murrock As the Reconstruction era of American history came to a close in the late 19th century and unrest stirred quietly in Europe, a different sort of conflict began to materialize in the West Bank of Palestine. Theodor Herzl, a Jewish journalist armed with an unprecedented sense of urgency and a Biblical sense of…

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Interview: The Founders of ‘Voices of Refugees’

By Ariel Pinsky A mounting refugee crisis in Europe has resulted in over 57,000 people trapped in a chaotic limbo on the mainland of Greece and its islands near Turkey. The crisis is largely a result of a growing number of people fleeing their homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern nations ravaged by…

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Opinion: The Case for Syrian Refugees

By Vaibhav Kumar In 2011, the Arab Spring began in the Middle East and with it came the overthrowing of dictatorships around the region. It began in Tunisia with the overthrowing of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 25, 2011 and soon after revolutionaries overthrew Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. During this time in Syria,…

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Opinion: Syrian Refugees in Georgia

By Sandy Davis Just a few short months ago, President Barack Obama announced that he would be increasing the U.S. intake of refugees to 110,000 in fiscal year 2017, up from 85,000 in 2016 (a 30 percent increase). In an effort to face what many have determined to be the largest refugee crisis since World…

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No Place to Call Home

By Grant Mercer The dead refuse to stay buried on the islands of Kiribati. Usually laid to rest in a corner of their family’s swept-dirt yard, the deceased rise inch-by-inch through the sandy soil until a decomposing appendage breaks the surface. Nothing as exotic as a zombie plague is denying the dead their peace; instead,…

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Education in Limbo

By Jennifer Watkins While everyone seems to have an opinion on the topic of refugee acceptance and resettlement in the current political climate, few consider the children that make up over half of these 12 million refugees. Not only have they been uprooted from their homes and seen things that no child should have to…

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Opinion: Merrick Garland Blues

By Torus Lu Eight months ago, Merrick Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court, only to face unprecedented obstruction from Senate Republicans.  Meanwhile, America has suffered the negative consequences of an empty seat in the highest court in the nation. Since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on February 13, the Supreme Court has faced severe limitations…

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