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You’ve Heard it Before: The Voter’s Dilemma

By Jack Keller “Go Vote,” is the imperative your U.S. Government teacher would reiterate to your class constantly. Unfortunately, eligible citizens are turning out to vote at staggering low rates. According to a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, only 57.5 percent of the eligible citizens voted in the 2012 presidential election, which is a…

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A Winning Bid for Democracy in Tunisia

By: Bailey Palmer When the Arab Spring seized the world’s headlines in 2011, there was excitement in the air. Indeed, the word “spring” itself evoked the hopefulness felt by people around the world. Conversations in coffee shops and Twitter feeds were emboldened by the promise of the democracy and prosperity to come. Yet today, the…

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Venezuela’s Bedlam

By: Michael Ingram In an Instagram video uploaded on Jan. 6 by Miss Venezuela 2004 Monica Speer, amber sunbeams cast shadows over the halcyon plains of Carabobo state, Venezuela. The video presents the Venezuelan countryside as a serene paradise, belying the violence that has gradually suffocated the nation over the past 10 years. Hours after…

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Another Year of Protests: Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand

By: Andrew Peoples In the wake of the Occupy movement and Arab Spring, Time magazine named “The Protester” its 2011 person of the year. It’s been three years, and the Arab Spring has given way to a disheartening winter and the Occupy movement has died off. However, three disparate countries, Venezuela, Thailand, and Ukraine, have…

Protestors launch any available projectiles at walls of riot police on a smoky January night in Ukraine.
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Blood Orange Revolution

By: Michael Ingram It is Jan. 23, 2014, 3 a.m. EST. The droning cacophony of police bullhorns breaks the early morning stillness in the frost-covered Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Protesters pace aimlessly between makeshift barriers constructed from the requisitioned flotsam of the city streets and the burn-out carcasses of buses. With shields raised, state security…

German demonstration against the NSA that was staged in Berlin during Pres. Obama's visit there. (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
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A Tale of Two Judges and the NSA

By: Rob Oldham   On Dec. 13, 2013, the Honorable Richard Leon, a federal district court judge in Washington D.C., issued an opinion for Klayman v. Obama, declaring the National Security Agency collection of metadata “likely unconstitutional.” Unfortunately, our celebration fizzled out before the New Year, for on Dec. 27, the Honorable Richard H. Pauley…

Despite numerous reported, and un-prosecuted, cases of sexual assault against native civilians, the U.N. continues to use private, military contractors to procure peacekeepers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
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A Warning from the Past Remains Unheeded

By: Brianne Cate More than 50 years after his 1961 Farewell Speech, President Eisenhower’s warning of the military-industrial complex rings truer than ever before. An ever-increasing ability to mass produce weapons of war coupled with the growing interconnectedness of markets has led to a pressing need for inquiry into what is truly lying behind aggressive…

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Protests with Penguins: The (Ir)relevance of Turkish Media

By: Aashka Dave As continued protests and violence in Turkey draw the attention of the world, Turkish media has taken a break. Indicative of the self-censorship that has characterized Turkish media for years, prominent news networks — including CNN Turk, Habertürk, and NTV — have been running stories on penguins, mental health, and cooking. Given…

With Breaking News, It’s the Same Ole Story

By: Korey Boehm Over the course of the last two weeks, new details have gradually emerged regarding the nature of the Boston Marathon bombings. As law enforcement officials have continued to investigate, an increasing amount of inaccuracies and exaggerations in the initial reports by the media have been revealed and contradicted. With more of the…

Follow-Up: Should Long Voting Lines Be Fixed?

By: Darrian Stacy “We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any American—no matter where they live or what their party—are denied that right because they can’t afford to wait for five, six,…

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