March 4, 2015

This page consolidates all of the blog posts from across the site. Posts are also featured at the bottom of each relevant issue or author page, as well as the 'Take Action' and 'Build Skills' pages. Post a comment - we’d love to know what you think! Happy reading!

Why should American students care about Europe?

By Mary Anne Mendoza. The notion of American exceptionalism often carries positive connotations within U.S. borders but negatives ones beyond. In some cases, at least 49% of Americans believe that, “Our people are not perfect, but our culture is superior to others.”[1] Superiority alone may not denote rejection, but Americans can no longer afford to assume that such exceptionalism grants them permission to be ignorant of Europe. Collaboration between the American and European perspectives on the European project and its greater implications was one … [Read more...]

Libyan people on the state building road

Since 23 October 2011, Libya has progressed from a country wrecked by a conflict, to a country on the road to its first democratic elections and economic recovery. On 7 July 2012, Libyan people came on the streets to elect a first demcoratically elected government. However, reconciliation still needs to be implemented before democracy can be consolidated. During a 42 – year – old reign, the deceased Colonel Gaddafi eliminated almost all threats to his rule. He placed the military on the edges of the country so as to avoid a coup. He sometimes … [Read more...]

Tips for Running for Student Government

By Ana Frigo. Whether you are running for student government in middle school, high school, university, or outside of the academic setting, knowing how and where to start is essential. Though campaigning for a position may seem intimidating at first, with the right preparation, you could be on your way to becoming the next class president! 1. Confirm Support: Before you even begin campaigning, make sure you have a good amount of support behind you. This could be from friends, family, teachers, or colleagues. Most important is to have the support of … [Read more...]

Unsafe Conditions for Refugee Women

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Worldwide, there were an estimated 16.7 million refugees at the end of 2013.[1] This does not include the 33.3 million individuals displaced within their own countries – totaling nearly 50 million individuals who had fled their homes.[2] Refugee issues overlap with development issues, as developing countries host over 86% of the world’s refugees.[3] Major refugee populations of recent years include Palestinians, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, and Congolese – all Global South populations.[4] Within refugee populations, some … [Read more...]

The Subjectivity of Limits on Freedom of Expression

By Virginia Cady. The terror attacks on the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last month have dredged up many issues for discussion, of which one of the most prominent of which is,: is there a limit to freedom of expression? Many countries have laws against the incitement of violence through offensive or inflammatory expression. The reasoning behind which is that although freedom of expression is in fact a right, when it crosses the line and becomes a potential endangerment to others by the incitement of violence, that act … [Read more...]

Why Should we Consider Restrictions on the Media?

By Ian Morse “I am increasingly against the internet every day.” These are the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expressed not in private but in a recent, surprisingly unrestrained conversation with a group meant to protect open information.[1] The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed with this interview that the leader of Turkey believes he can rule and gain votes without the press.[2] What’s surprising is that he has. His party (AKP) set a record for most earned votes in the local elections in 2014[3] and he earned … [Read more...]

When Women are the Breadwinners

By Jo Grode. When given the chance, woman have the ability not only be the partners in their marriage but also the breadwinners. On a community level, however, finding a correlation between including women in the formal work force and economic (as well as social) improvement in the household is often difficult and, albeit, far fetched as the “impact of giving women and girls equal rights is shown to vary by level of development and rule of law” (4). In addition, the increase in equal rights might be a product of a growth in a community’s economy … [Read more...]

India Today

By Maya Koparkar. India. 1.2 billion strong. Almost 70 years young. And a place full of contradictions. India is such a well-known place, yet there's still so much to discover. It is a place of young and old, a place of tradition and innovation, a place of rich and poor, a place of freedom and oppression. What many people know about this great country are basic facts- but in order to understand a place, we must take it apart and break it down one by one into all the facets that make it what it is today. Religion. History. Culture. Politics. … [Read more...]

Tips for Organizing a Great Campus Event!

By Ana Frigo. Pulling off a great campus event has similar guidelines as pulling off professional events. No one wants to be unprepared, so it’s important to know what to do when planning a large event. Listed below are 5 tips for organizing an unforgettable event! Tip 1: Plan Ahead Obvious enough, right? Successful events regard planning, no matter how big or small! If you’re aiming for lots of publicity and a large turnout, take at least 5 weeks to plan your event and spread the word! Don’t be afraid to ask for other people’s ideas and input as … [Read more...]

When women earn

By Jo Grode. In my previous article, I stated that, “all in all, educating women is key to making our world a better place.” There are, after all, many positive effects from establishing economic and social equality amongst men and women. In a household, for example, this equality not only provides a deep partnership between spouses, but also a better financial situation. Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, economists at MIT, surveyed 13 countries[1] from 2002 to 2006 in order to discover economic habits of the poor (classified at earning less … [Read more...]