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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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Brazil, Women, and the Olympics

By Priyanka Ghosh This article originally appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of the GPR magazine. The first sign of the Zika virus in the Americas appeared last May in Brazil, but it wasn’t until August of 2015 that a team of doctors in Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil, discovered…


A (Republican) House Divided Cannot Stand

By Rob Oldham Who exactly is in charge of the Republican Party? Not John Boehner. The Speaker of the House announced his resignation after the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about 40 hardline conservatives, threatened to overthrow him for advancing a government funding bill that included Planned Parenthood. Despite his popularity within the caucus,…


A Southern Bel

By Rob Oldham “Johhnnn Belll Edwudds.” A name so sweet and southern that you’d have thought he was a Republican. John Bel Edwards, the newly-elected governor of Louisiana, is defying all expectations for Democratic politics below the Mason-Dixon. He is a white social conservative and the lone Democratic governor in the Deep South. In the 2015…

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Brexit Breakup

By Paul Oshinski Shocking the world, the United Kingdom (UK) voted via referendum 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the European Union (EU) and remove themselves from its shared economic, political, and cultural relationship. Following this EU referendum, the UK saw their currency, the Pound, drop to its lowest value since 1985, and many have raised…

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The Fight against Police Brutality Nears Crossroads

By Grace Holland Last week, the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille sent shockwaves across the country. By the night of Thursday, July 7, people in the nation’s major cities were gathering to protest police brutality. “I think the word to describe it is grief. Loss, and everyone’s just reeling,” said Desiree Joy Frias,…

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Downtown Developing

Examining economic growth and conflicting narratives in Athens By Caskey Dyer This article originally appeared as the cover story of the Spring 2016 GPR Magazine. My roommate and I walked through the doors of the Standard as the sun was setting. The manager agreed to us taking pictures, and passed us off to one of…

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