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Lost Voices: How our Democracy is Still Suffering From Shelby County v. Holder

The validity of our political elections is in question. The problem of low voter turnout in the United States and the increasing political polarization between Democrats and Republicans have led many to question the success of America’s electoral system. However, in searching for the answers to why our voting system is flawed, previous court rulings that are still affecting voters today have...
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Democracy at Crossroads: Addressing Minority Disenfranchisement in the 2024 Election

America is a representative democracy: everyone has the right to participate in government and have a voice through the means of their vote. Well, almost everyone. In the 2020 election, 5.1 million Americans could not vote due to felony convictions [1] and over 20 million U.S. citizens did not have the qualifying government-issued photo identification to be eligible to vote in some states [2]. The...
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Party over Country: What the Situation at the Southern Border Reveals About Dysfunction in Washington

Thousands. That is the number of migrants that have arrived in New York City from the southern border over the past year and a half. Even as the winter chill settled over Manhattan, asylum seekers were huddled on the streets of the city that never sleeps. According to Mayor Eric Adams, the influx of immigrants has pushed the city’s infrastructure to its breaking point, and cost the municipal...
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A Conversation with the Candidates: Emma Zhou for External Vice-President

Note: The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bruin Political Review, and the publication of this interview does not constitute an endorsement for the candidate. Vote through MyUCLA between May 10th and May 17th.   Bruin Political Review (BPR): Can you introduce yourself?  Emma Zhou: Hi, my name is Emma Zhou. I use she/her pronouns. I am...
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A Conversation with the Candidates: Javier Nuñez-Verdugo for External Vice-President

This interview was co-led by Rachel Jos and Aashna Kothari. Note: The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bruin Political Review, and the publication of this interview does not constitute an endorsement for the candidate. Vote through MyUCLA between May 10th and May 17th.   Bruin Political Review (BPR): Why are you running for office of the E...

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World

Second Thomas Shoal: The Next South China Sea Flashpoint?

In 1999, the Philippines Navy intentionally grounded one of their navy ships, the BRP Sierra Madre onto a small shoal, known as the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea out of frustrations regarding territorial disputes with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Just four years earlier, in 1995, the PRC took control of Mischief Reef, a neighboring geographical feature within the same i...
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Somalia’s Sovereignty in Checkmate with Ethiopia’s Latest Move?

On January 1st 2024, the historical feud in the Horn of Africa between Somalia and Ethiopia woke from its temporary hibernation when Ethiopia signed onto a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – a type of nonbinding agreement between two parties – with Somaliland to gain access to 20 kilometers of Somali coastline bordering the Gulf of Aden [1]. Landlocked Ethiopia lost its best bet of a naval ba...
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Analyzing the United States in International Law: A Case for U.S. Membership in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and International Criminal Court (ICC)

In December 2023, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Putin’s commanders, but the chances for the extradition of the Russian nationals are slim–the Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov says that they would not recognize the warrants as Russia is not a signatory to the Rome Statute.   With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Israel-Palestine conflict, ...
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Assessing the China Threat: Competitor or Enemy?

While delivering a campaign speech in January, ex presidential candidate Nikki Haley warned that the U.S. must prepare for a war with China [1]. She asserted that China is an “enemy," not a “competitor,” and that “China's dictators want to cover the world in communist tyranny” [2]. In a 2022 speech, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confused observers when he asserted that the U.S. i...
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Government Restriction on Dress, Religion, and Control of Women

In August 2023, France barred children in public schools from wearing the abaya – a long, loose-fitting robe worn primarily by Muslim women that covers most of the body [1]. Critics questioned how far clothing restrictions will go, as this policy compounds upon a previous 2004 ban of “ostentatious” religious symbols in public schools in favor of an increasing attitude towards sec...

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