The Case of Tokyo Rose

By Melia Wong CMC ’19 On the evening of August 30th, 1945, reporters crowded the Overseas Bureau of the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and demanded to meet the infamous “Tokyo Rose.”[1] The few employees who remained at the station were bewildered to see the Americans—with automatic weapons at their sides—storming in to the small network…

The Bitter Battle Over the Affordable Care Act

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) The Affordable Care Act (ACA)—President Obama’s foremost legislative accomplishment—has seen countless challenges in court. That continued last week, eight years after the law was first passed, when Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court in Fort Worth ruled the ACA unconstitutional on the grounds that the individual mandate exceeds…

Involuntary Sterilizations of Indigenous Women in Canada Prompt Condemnation by UN Committee on Torture

By Katya Pollock (PO ’21) The UN Committee on Torture published a report this Friday urging the Canadian government to launch an investigation into the involuntary sterilization of Indigenous women and girls. The report follows the filing of a class-action lawsuit representing 100 Indigenous Canadian women who allege that they were coerced or forced to…

How New Title IX Regulations Affect Pomona College

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) On November 30th, Sue McCarthy—Pomona College’s Title IX Coordinator—sent an email to the student body regarding the Trump Administration’s proposed regulations to govern investigation and adjudication of sexual misconduct on college campuses.  The reversal of Obama-era guidelines have stirred controversy and stoked division for their new approach to long-standing issues.…

A Domestic Assessment of the Global Compact for Migration

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) In the summer of 2018, the United Nations­­ finalized the text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, the first international agreement laying out a comprehensive framework addressing international migration. The Trump administration, however, withdrew from participation in December of 2017, citing the Compact’s incompatibility with national…