#MeToo: Not Just A First-World Problem

If you have a smartphone, laptop, television, or just a set of eyes and ears, then you haven’t been able to escape the dazzling onslaught of sex abuse scandals within the last few months. Dozens of women have come forward to confess that they have been preyed on by powerful and prominent men like Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K., and politician Roy Moore, thus breaking the silence that usually protects men in these positions from facing consequences. Tens of thousands of women have been using the #MeToo movement…

Rumors Abound on Latest Brexit Tidbit

The latest Brexit speculation is almost farcical in proportion to the issue. The unrestrained rumors would be laughable if they didn’t point to a larger problem looming for Europe: the British government’s possibly strained relationship with its own people and with other European Union member states. The trouble started earlier this week when an aide leaving a Brexit strategizing meeting made what would normally be an inconsequential mistake by leaving the notebook tucked under her arm flipped open. However, under the current information-starved plight of Europe, this occurrence grew to…

Hacking Threats From China Persist

More knowledge than you could ever consume in your lifetime, communication with a loved one despite oceans between you, a lightweight place to capture and store hundreds of photographs and personal messages. These are the tempting promises of the smartphone, that palm-sized keeper to your memories and whereabouts. But like most great promises, the smartphone comes with a price tag, and it’s not just your monthly bill. The tradeoff for owning a device that promises instantaneous global connections is the ongoing problem of international espionage via these digital windows into…

A Unique Election Season in the Age of Social Media

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about the 2016 election. After all, it’s all around us, permeating our conversations, splashed on the front page of every newspaper, and receiving constant television coverage. For months we’ve been unable to escape the constant onslaught of speculations on who will win and how, and talk is unlikely to slow now that there’s been such a stunning reversal of expectations with Donald Trump’s victory. In fact, I bet your social media platforms are especially saturated with election coverage. Scroll through Facebook and what was…

Political Parties, Propaganda, and Disenfranchisement: Frances Fox Piven on Voter Suppression

Frances Fox Piven is a social activist and professor of political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. She co-founded the National Welfare Rights Organization and the Human Service Employees Registration and Voter Education Campaign, which successfully pushed for the passage of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. She has written 12 books, often with the collaboration of her late husband Richard Cloward, and currently serves as one of eight honorary chairs for the Democratic Socialists of America. Dr. Piven recently sat down with FPR columnist MacKenzie Stuart before speaking…

Republicans Finally Abandon Ship, Revealing Depths of Party Loyalty

Throughout the past two weeks, over 30 prominent Republican Party members have withdrawn support from their presidential nominee, Donald Trump. The most frequently cited reason for this wave of condemnation is the unearthed 2005 video where Trump makes light of groping women without their consent. Many Republicans, even those who were formerly supportive of him, have used this opportunity to denounce Trump for his blatant disrespect for women, arguing that he is unsuitable to hold the highest office of the land. With such high stakes, these concerns are only natural.…

Clinton WikiLeaks Allude to Slippery Strategizing

Over the past week, WikiLeaks has been releasing fractions of the reportedly 50,000 emails the organization has hacked from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. The Clinton campaign has postulated insidious motives behind this email release, accusing WikiLeaks of playing into the hands of the Russian government and trying to tamper with election results, but it has not denied the veracity of the leaked information. Of particular interest are email threads in which top campaign advisors flagged excerpts of Clinton speeches that are potentially damaging to her presidential run. These…

Cultural Appropriation Needs a Facelift

In early September, author Lionel Shriver gave a polemic keynote speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Her controversial theme of choice, which prompted an abrupt walkout and scathing review by Australian activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, was the rejection of political correctness enshrouding identity politics. Shriver dismissed the concept of cultural appropriation as creating impossible conditions under which to write fiction or even operate as a society, and she expressed her hope that it is a mere “passing fad.” Shriver’s speech pointed to one of Fordham’s very own law professors, Susan Scafidi,…