The Francis Effect and the Fight Over Catholic Identity

  It’s a familiar scene: a “radical” speaker is invited to a college campus, until the skittish university decides to rescind the offer to avoid controversy. The twist? The radical figure here is a Jesuit priest, Father James Martin, and the university was Catholic University. Father Martin was scheduled to speak at Catholic University’s seminary Theological College, on September 15, when the seminary decided to cancel his appearance.  In an official statement the following day, Catholic University expressed disappointment that Father Martin had been uninvited. Nonetheless, the offer was rescinded,…

It’s Time for Labour to Pick a Side on Brexit

The Labour Party has watched Prime Minister Theresa May get kicked around by European Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier and her own fraying Cabinet since June of this year. While the party welcomed its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as a conquering hero at its annual party conference in Brighton in late September for his surprise general election gains, May’s prize for forming a coalition government was the public chance for Conservatives to negotiate Brexit. The Labour Party stayed in the shadows during these negotiations, and their position on Brexit is…

My Take on Roger Stone

If my only exposure to American politics was through the hyper-politicized society of New York City, and I assumed the rest of the nation was just like it, I would come to the conclusion that the country is a sort of pseudo-socialist state, where anyone slightly right of center, let alone Donald Trump, could never become president. However, that isn’t the reality we face as a nation. Pseudo-socialistic political culture represents the two coastal bubbles that liberal America lives in, but the big stickler is the near 3,000 miles and…

A Conversation with Roger Stone: An Assessment of his Legacy

Managing editor Marisa Gomez sat down with Roger Stone, after his talk at Fordham University, to discuss his political legacy, past controversies, and the future of politics in the U.S. Marisa: Gomez: You’ve been involved in politics for almost 45 years now, correct? Roger Stone: Yes. Marisa: Why did you begin to participate in politics and why was it important to you? Roger: Well, I originally wanted to be an actor and then I figured out that politics was show business for ugly people. It has a lot of the same…

Conservative Provocation and the Assault on Free Speech

Free speech is a cornerstone of our democracy, and a college education must herald free speech by exposing students to new ideas that challenge their own convictions. A few weeks ago, a “Free Speech Week” was cancelled at Berkley University amidst logistical confusion. The event, organized by a young Conservative student group, was headlined by conservative provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Steve Bannon. Despite the event falling apart, protests ensued, highlighting the polarization of political views on campus and a burgeoning movement against provocation disguised as free speech.    …

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…