The Polarization of Political Dialogue in the Arab World

The Arab world has been plagued with a series of corrupt governments for much of recent history. Beginning in late 2010, growing discontent led to a series of popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring. In the streets, the schools, the cafés, the places of worship, there was no refuge from political debate. From Marrakech to Manama, the winds of revolution swept through the region as the people’s frustrations proved to be uncontainable. The mesmerizing changes of the political landscape held the world’s attention, but it is the changes at the…

The Politicizing Effects of Campaign Finance on State Judicial Elections

After the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a great amount of controversy was generated by Republicans and Democrats, each seeking to appoint a justice who would readily make decisions attuned to the specific party. Hoping to position an agreeable judge prior to the presidential inauguration, President Barack Obama nominated federal circuit court judge Merrick Garland. With fierce opposition from Senate Republicans such as Sen. Grassley (R-IA), who sits on the Senate judiciary committee responsible for overseeing federal judicial appointments, Scalia’s seat remained vacant for the rest of Obama’s…

The First 100 Days of the War on Media

  Last Saturday, the world acknowledged that it was Donald Trump’s first 100 days as President. While Fox media reports his first 100 Days in a celebratory manner, applause should be reserved for the fact that Trump has managed to avert major geopolitical crises. President Trump chose to celebrate this benchmark of ‘success’ surrounded  by a crowd of sycophantic supporters at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. While Trump revealed that he thought the presidency would be “easier”, he chooses to go back to the people that elected him by throwing…

Social Media Mental Health Crisis: Its Potential Politicization

Social media have political utility; as feeds of information and news, as instruments for connectivity and organization, and even as weapons of civil oppression. Between Facebook’s role in disseminating spurious political news during the 2016 election; Turkey’s recent mass arrest of 1,600 dissident social media users; and even Twitter’s facilitation (though only partial) of protest during the Arab Spring, the political dimensions of social media are ever apparent. But what can be said about the recreational users of social media? The people who routinely check their Instagram or Facebook or Snapchat…

The Bane of Democracy: The Average Voter

Alexander Tytler was a historian at the University of Edinburgh, and he is attributed with claiming in 1787 that the average lifespan of a democracy is 200 years. He remarked that “a democracy is always temporary in nature, it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government,” and pursuant to his observation of Athens and Rome, he recognized the following cycle, which he posits all democracies follow: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to…