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Preventing Ethnic Cleansing: Alternative Strategies for Myanmar

In February 2017, the United Nations accused Myanmar security forces of engaging in crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine province. Myanmar is not a war zone. In fact, Myanmar is a newly established democracy as of 2015, and their de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a nobel laureate. The population … Continue reading Preventing Ethnic Cleansing: Alternative Strategies for Myanmar

Coral Bleaching: Global Warming, Ocean edition

Coral reefs exhibit some of the most vibrant and varied colors of any ecosystem on Earth, but in 2016, large parts of the Great Barrier Reef turned stark white in the deadliest bleaching event in recorded history. Coral bleaching occurs when polyps, the colorful parts of the coral that help feed the organism, die. When … Continue reading Coral Bleaching: Global Warming, Ocean edition

What’s Really at Stake in the Battle Over the Travel Ban

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear arguments over President Trump’s executive orders barring the entrance of individuals from 6-7 majority muslim nations (the second executive order removed Iraq from the list of included nations) and the indefinite suspension of the U.S. refugee program. Until the official arguments … Continue reading What’s Really at Stake in the Battle Over the Travel Ban

Authorizing Military Force: The Mistakes of 2001 and Remedies for the Future

The date was September 14th, 2001. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) was delivering a one-and-a-half minute speech on the US House of Representatives floor in an attempt to persuade at least some of her colleagues to vote against authorizing the use of force in Afghanistan.  Quoting a member of the clergy to whom she had listened … Continue reading Authorizing Military Force: The Mistakes of 2001 and Remedies for the Future

Break Up Amazon

Last Friday, Amazon announced its plans to acquire Whole Foods for $13.4 billion. This was the latest in a series of acquisitions by the company, which now owns Twitch, a video game streaming service; Zappos, an online apparel retailer; and Diapers.com, an online retailer for childcare essentials. This latest acquisition represents another milestone in Amazon’s … Continue reading Break Up Amazon

America’s Abandonment of its Role Abroad

President Trump has proven in the short 140 days of his presidency that his “America First” ideology is nothing but dangerous isolation. While the president has struggled in carrying out many of his more specific goals and promises (tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, infrastructure, building a wall) this one broad belief in self-imposed American … Continue reading America’s Abandonment of its Role Abroad