CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY FOR PUTIN: US WITHDRAWS FROM SYRIA, COMPROMISING ALLIES

by Aldo Raine
Staff Writer

It is a truth universally acknowledged in the realm of international relations that any gap left unchecked in a security vacuum will be filled by competing forces. This is exactly what is happening, and has already happened in northern Syria. With Donald Trump announcing the complete and total withdrawal of all United States forces from Syria, others, mainly Russian-backed Syrian forces will be poised to gain the most from the unfolding chaos. The United States backed Kurdish forces now left to fend off for themselves against the vastly superior Turkish military, have little choice but to align themselves with Syrian leader Bashar-Al-Assad’s forces in hopes of retaining any sovereignty. This abandonment of American leadership fits a growing trend long underway under President Trump’s leadership, that has seen America give up its position as the leader and a bulwark for stable international order.

Continue reading “CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY FOR PUTIN: US WITHDRAWS FROM SYRIA, COMPROMISING ALLIES”

CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

by Madi Ro
Staff Writer

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress on the issue of privacy back in April 2018, it was made clear that there was a large gap between the advancements of the tech world and the ability of policy to keep up with such advancements. People made fun of the senators for not understanding the model of social media platforms. Throughout Facebook’s Menlo Park campus, one can see random stickers declaring “Senator, We Run Ads”. 

Continue reading “CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS”

OLD ALTERNATIVES: THE RETURN OF NATIONALISM TO GERMAN POLITICS

By Marc Camanag
Staff Writer

Six years after a seemingly innocuous entrance into the political sphere, the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has grown into a nationalist powerhouse that holds the third-largest share in the country’s federal parliament. Echoing similar movements across Europe, the AfD’s platform has tapped into deep-rooted, populist fears to launch itself on a trajectory that no party has ever pulled off in such short time. As the first far-right party to set foot in the Bundestag in nearly sixty years, the AfD raises the question: Why has nationalism returned to German politics, and why now? 

Continue reading “OLD ALTERNATIVES: THE RETURN OF NATIONALISM TO GERMAN POLITICS”