Politics

Automated: The Arab World in 2030

Automated: The Arab World in 2030

Artificial intelligence is changing the way countries interact. By 2030, AI technology is forecasted to contribute more money to the global economy than the current output of China and India combined, and nearly $230 billion will flow directly into the economy of the Middle East.

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

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.

From Elections to Genocide: How Nkurunziza's Regime Attempts to Distract a Country

From Elections to Genocide: How Nkurunziza's Regime Attempts to Distract a Country

The introduction of ethnically charged rhetoric in the absence of these leading voices leaves the opposition on a weak platform with little to no leadership while the country slips into more violence reminiscent of the violence experienced during the genocides of the past.

Debate Debrief: Does Russia Better Guard Individual Liberties than the Countries to Its West?

Debate Debrief: Does Russia Better Guard Individual Liberties than the Countries to Its West?

The Review at NYU's Editorial Board discusses the motion for this Tuesday's debate regarding whether Russia or the countries to its west better guard individual liberties.

Planned Parenthood and the Reality of Domestic Terrorism

Planned Parenthood and the Reality of Domestic Terrorism

On October 21st, a juvenile man was arrested for the premeditated attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Hampshire. According to the Associated Press, “an intruder used a hatchet to destroy computers, plumbing fixtures, phones and medical equipment” (AP, 2015). This attack is by no means isolated. This has been the fifth attack on Planned Parenthood clinics since July.

Debate Debrief: Was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq America's Greatest Strategic Blunder?

Debate Debrief: Was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq America's Greatest Strategic Blunder?

The Review at NYU's Editorial Board discusses the motion for this Tuesday's (11/10) debate with Professor David Denoon on whether the 2003 invasion of Iraq was America's greatest strategic blunder. 

Meet the Best Terrorist Organization in Town: The FBI

Meet the Best Terrorist Organization in Town: The FBI

The fact is that of the 508 counterterrorism convictions after 9/11, 243 of the defendants, nearly 50 percent were targeted via an informant, a government-paid spy who infiltrates Muslim communities to snatch people that could get “radicalized.” Of those 243 defendants, 158 were caught via an FBI sting, an operation where the defendant is entrapped by a terrorist plot that the FBI designs, and of those 158, 49 were lured by the informant who also led the presumed plot. Meaning that a great number of the terrorist plots that the FBI gloriously stopped in the US were actually manufactured by the FBI itself.