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Why Iran Sees War Between Israel and Hamas as a Win


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Fentanyl on Campus: Federal and State Initiatives to Combat the Epidemic

Fentanyl, being 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is known to be the most lethal painkiller [1]. The drug is illegally imported from China and smuggled through the US-Mexico border. In 2022, more than 11,000 pounds of fentanyl made its way into the U.S., and more than half of it came right through the border of Mexico and San Diego [2]. Even with recent government crackdowns, fentanyl is ...
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A Generational Battle: The Implications of American Gerontocracy

Gerontocracy is a form of governing that translates to “rule by elders” [1]. While it is not inherently undemocratic, the consequences of gerontocracy—especially in the U.S.—are very apparent. The decreasing generational diversity seen in D.C. has led to a severed connection between the older members of Congress and the younger, but populous generation of Americans. Misrepr...
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It’s the Algorithms, Stupid: How Social Media is Shaping Public Opinion on the Economy

It is 6:30PM on a Tuesday night in 1968. You and twenty-seven million other Americans tune in to watch Walter Cronkite anchor CBS Evening News. For those who are not fans of ‘the most trusted man in America,’ there are only two other options for television news – ABC and NBC. Big news stories immediately become mass cultural events, and most people operate on the same playing fie...
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Breaking the Binary: A Case for Ranked Choice Voting as Electoral Reform

On January 6, 2021, it became evident that American politics had completely entered a new realm of hostility, disagreement, and conflict as never seen before. This instance of political violence represented the transformation into a new political landscape in which the deepening schism between Americans has become a true threat, elucidating the urgent and drastic need for reform. Research shows th...
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Discrimination in Police Funding: A Case to Reform the JAG

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) is largely responsible for federally funding police departments. The amount of resources distributed by the program is directly proportional to law enforcement arrest data. While incentivizing arrests might appear to be a good motivator for police departments to keep communities safe, it has proven counterproductive. Byrne funding ha...

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Crisis in Caracas: Why Democratizing Venezuela is an Increasingly Sisyphean Task

Venezuela was once hailed as a pillar of democratic resilience. In 1978, it stood among the mere three out of twenty Latin American nations that practiced democratic governance [1]. While the region was plagued with relative instability, over the next three decades, Venezuela remained resolute in its commitment to democratic principles. However, it too was ultimately unable to withstand the recent...
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Is Integration Possible for the Muslims in France?

On January 7, 2015, several Islamist extremists stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satiric magazine infamous for its satirical portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad, and indiscriminately shot at journalists and office workers. The assault resulted in the death of twelve people, deeply shocking France. People gathered to march against terrorism, united under the slogan “I am Charlie,” ...
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Modern-Day Borders and the Birth of Neocolonialism

Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, coined the term “neocolonialism” at the 1963 Charter of the Organization of African States. By his definition, neocolonialism describes the condition in which states appear to have international sovereignty from an outside perspective, despite their economic and political activity being directly controlled by external forces [1]. By this de...
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The Troubled Landscape of India-Canada Relations

On September 18, 2023, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that “agents of the government of India” had assassinated a Sikh community leader in Canada in June of the same year [1]. Hardeep Singh Nijjar —the leader in question — was an activist in the Khalistan movement which aims to create an independent Sikh homeland.    The Khalistan movement ga...
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Prigozhin’s Death is a Neat Fix to an Ugly Problem

On June 23, 2023, the Wagner Group and its former chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, initiated a historic rebellion against the Russian Ministry of Defence. On August 23, 2023, precisely two months after the mutiny, Prigozhin was killed in a plane crash in Russia; the most glaring threat Putin’s reign has seen was met with a violently efficient response.    The revolt revealed deeper ...

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