Standardized Testing and the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Trial

On April 1, educators from the Atlanta Public Schools were convicted of racketeering and various other crimes for cheating on standardized tests. Murmurs about corruption started well over a decade ago; journalistic reports led to state investigations which led to a blue ribbon commission specifically tasked with examining cheating at APS. The original indictment, handed…


Iran’s Sexual Revolution

With nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States at a possible turning point, quite a lot of attention has been focused on Iran in the past months. The regime, widely seen as radical, volatile, and irrationally militant, is trusted by few and liked by even fewer. The international community has been trying to remove…

Residents of Baga gather to bury their deceased relatives after the Baga massacre.

Charlie Hebdo & Nigeria: How Boko Haram Continually Evades Terror Talk

2015 began with a resurgence of international terrorism. Within the first week of the year, the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters were attacked by two gunmen, killing 12 employees. The attack was heavily discussed in the media and described by French President François Hollande as a “terrorist attack of the most extreme barbarity.” The international community…


What Mosque? White-washing Islamic History in Spain

European Muslims find themselves in the midst of an ideological crisis, none more so than Spanish Muslims. Since the end of World War II the European continent has been a bastion for freedom, democracy and human rights. Currently it is still rated as one of the most free continents by Freedom House, but times may…

People waving South Yemeni flags demanding independence.

North and South Yemen: The Marriage That Wasn’t Meant To Be?

In January of this year, a group of Shi’a rebels in Yemen referred to in the West as the “Houthis” marched into the Yemeni capital Sana’a, forcing the current president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to the southern city of Aden and eventually leave the country altogether. These rebels were supposedly fighting to convince…

Regulating medical marijuana

How A Blunt Becomes A Law

It appears the winds are shifting, and those winds just might be filled with smoke. The majority of the U.S. public is in favor of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use, and more states have moved to make marijuana accessible for medical and recreational purposes. Incidentally, one of the latest states to…

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