Making America Break Again: Islamophobia and Democracy

In his 1933 inauguration address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the foundation for American resiliency when he said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Admittedly, the 1930s were an era of heightened racial tensions, racial targeting, and severe violence, and in the time between FDR and Barack Obama’s current terms, our nation has taken great strides in securing internal inclusiveness and justice through the promotion of civil rights and American freedoms. Yet,…

Catalonia: Proud and Prejudiced

In the far-flung region of Northeastern Spain lies an autonomous community comparable in size to the state of Maryland. Catalonia is an economic powerhouse, boasting impressive performance and growth in a country that is on the brink of default. Notwithstanding the region’s economic might, Catalonia’s turbulent past has been ridden with war and been subject to strained relations with Spain. Their cry: independence. Their threat: secession. Catalonia’s separatist movement has been belittled and dismissed as highly implausible by scholars and politicians alike. But after the vote passed on the Cataloania…