Staff Writer Sneha Naren explores the cultural richness of Middle Eastern countries targeted by Trump’s travel ban.
In Cologne, Germany the year 2015 ended with an incident of mass sexual assaults, highlighting a need for greater international focus on formulating a working plan for the migrant crisis in Europe. Amidst the New Year’s Eve festivities, hundreds of men gathered in Cologne’s main train station; the congregation soon escalated into a chaotic frenzy in which several women were sexually assaulted. Ninety women came forth to report being attacked (Shubert). The horrific violation of women’s rights incited fear across Germany, and the public called for justice against the attackers. Additionally, the circumstance brought implications of Arab refugees threatening national security to the forefront of political discussion.
On May 22, 2014, the Royal Thai Army successfully seized control of the Thai government, under the claim that that its actions would keep citizens safe and restore order to a country mired in chaos. This was the 10th time Thailand’s constitution was suspended since 1932 (“Thailand Military Seizes Power in Coup”). However, reports of human rights violations committed against non-violent demonstrators marching in protest of the new regime’s authoritarian rule, suggest that the military junta is acting out of its own self-interest rather than for the good of its citizens. The new government has proven its willingness to go to great lengths to retain its power.
Staff Writer Emily Deng reviews the controversial comedy “The Interview,” how it was received in North Korea and what it means for freedom of speech.
Staff Writer Alexandra Reich investigates how the world of modern digital media plays into the weaknesses of some of humanity’s baser evolutionary instincts.
Staff Writer Emily Deng discusses why a San Diego resident died fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and how global threats can quickly become local concerns.
Senior Editor Matt M. Joye chronicles the increasingly draconian regime of Egypt’s President al-Sisi, and asks whether increasing repression sows the seeds for future unrest.