Politics

A new approach to new terror: Three Horizons of combating extremism

A new approach to new terror: Three Horizons of combating extremism

The guerilla tactics of the Afghan Mujahideen in the 70s are simply no match for the complex online financing and international recruitment operations used by ISIS today.  While new groups are constantly improving their combat and outreach strategies, older groups that haven’t adapted as readily are quick to fade into obscurity.  The result is a world where terrorist groups are stronger, more sophisticated, and more threatening than ever before.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Death

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Death

The American people’s continued adherence to mendacious structures and policies that promote the suffering of citizens is duplicitous to the very rights this country esteems ...It is grossly hypocritical for a society that stands by the words “Give me liberty or give me death” to deny an individual's liberty to choose death.

Too Little, Too Late: Our Fading Environment

Too Little, Too Late: Our Fading Environment

As it stands, the outlook is grim. Humanity has collectively passed the point of no return in its emissions and wanton pollution of the environment. With this in mind, the time has come to shift from half-hearted preventive measures to a full-scale preparation for a warmer planet.

On the Hollywood Industrial Complex

On the Hollywood Industrial Complex

The Hollywood Industrial Complex produces deceptive cultural products that glorify war and lure the American public into supporting their government’s imperialist agenda. Films funded by the DOD not only anesthetize violence, but create a narrative that justifies it through plot lines, characters, and scenes that alienate American “enemies” and offer single-sided reasoning for military presence abroad

Blue Oyster Cult in Tehran: The Roots and Manifestations of Anti-Americanism in Iran, 1963-1978

Blue Oyster Cult in Tehran: The Roots and Manifestations of Anti-Americanism in Iran, 1963-1978

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 defies reductive categorization. Third Worldist, Islamic Marxist and radical Shi’i ideologies converged and proliferated throughout Iranian society during the movement to end the autocracy of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. These factions developed and disseminated radical political ideas reflecting socio-economic and cultural grievances that emphasized themes of anti-Americanism in visual media.

Let’s Hash It Out: Hashtags as a Linguistic Innovation in 21st Century Political Discourse

Let’s Hash It Out:  Hashtags as a Linguistic Innovation in 21st Century Political Discourse

My Facebook newsfeed was ablaze as I scrolled through countless posts ending in #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and #HandsUpDontShoot. Moments earlier, a Missouri court had ruled not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man. Friends of mine had swiftly taken to the internet to voice their outrage, disgust, and demands for action. Within minutes of the decision, millions of similar posts had already surged across the Internet -- but the public outcry didn’t stop there.

'The Politics of Lies': Rhetoric and the Post-Truth Age

'The Politics of Lies': Rhetoric and the Post-Truth Age

In the opening of Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh, two fishermen drunkenly discuss the value of the truth. "To hell with the truth!" one of them exclaims, "It's irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say. The lie of a pipe dream is what gives life to the whole misbegotten mad lot of us, drunk or sober."

Satirizing a Spectacle

Satirizing a Spectacle

During the 2016 presidential election, people turned to satirical news television shows for coverage of the latest dramatic events impacting the campaign. Satire has long been revered as a powerful form of media with the ability to use humor to reveal imperfections and an underlying truth. However, as James Poniewozik observes in his article “Donald Trump is a Conundrum for Political Comedy” in The New York Times, Donald Trump’s larger than life public persona, cultivated by his preexisting celebrity and coaching for reality television has rendered him unspoofable

The Linguistic Dehumanization of the Immigrant in America

The Linguistic Dehumanization of the Immigrant in America

The history of immigration in the United States is long and storied. Like most stories, it is best told with words. But the words used to describe immigrants in America are not what one would expect from a nation founded on, built by, and dependent on immigration. In fact, the language used can be thoroughly degrading to the point of dehumanization.

Book Review: Divergent Urban Spaces in Pascal Menoret's "Joyriding in Riyadh"

Book Review: Divergent Urban Spaces in Pascal Menoret's "Joyriding in Riyadh"

In Joyriding in Riyadh, Pascal Menoret uses “joyriding” and “drifting” as a lens through which to analyze the political, social, and economic experience of Saudi citizens in the massive urban center of Riyadh. 

Debate Debrief: SHOULD THE UNITED STATES END THE WAR ON TERROR?

In a heated debate on whether the U.S.A should end the War on Terror, the proposition took the lead with a 8-7 vote and 2 abstentions in their favor. The opposition debaters Akash Lodh and Hamza Mazhar argued that the U.S.A can't end the War on Terror due to the losses because this would create a vacuum in the process of addressing terror today.  Professor James Traub and Thomas Resnick laid out some compelling arguments that the U.S.A still has the means to end the war on terror. They argued that the U.S.A should pursue this course of action due to the prolonged and unnecessary damage it has caused to innocent people. 

To find out more click here and view footage of the debate! 

Welcome to the Surveillance State: The Land of Ineffective Technology

Welcome to the Surveillance State: The Land of Ineffective Technology

In the name of national security, the United States federal government has continued to magnify its long history of spying on average citizens post 9-11.

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

In March 2014, surveillance pictures were taken in the Islamic Republic of Iran showing a non-working replica of a US Navy aircraft carrier being built by Iranians, which prompted statements of suspicion from American officials.