Rise of the AI and Data Economy

By Ethan Widlansky (PO’22) The Senate Small Business Committee, chaired by Marco Rubio, convened a hearing in late February to discuss its latest report “‘The Made in China 2025’ industrial plan.” Spurned by many free-market Republicans, the report considers “not whether states should organize their economies, but how they should organize them.” A self-avowed free-market…

Deinstitutionalization and Mental Health in the U.S.

By Kimberly Tuttle (CMC’19) Starting in the 1960s, the American government began to implement policies to deinstitutionalize the mentally ill. The deinstitutionalization movement was spurred by public outcry as a result of the exposure of the shortcomings of state-run “insane asylums” at the time. In 1955, the number of institutionalized mentally ill patients peaked at…

Understanding Julian Assange’s Legal Battles Ahead

By Kimberly Tuttle (CMC’19) Many debates surrounding the legality of Julian Assange’s controversial organization, WikiLeaks, resurfaced this week in light of Assange’s recent release from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has lived under diplomatic protection since 2012. In particular, news regarding the U.S. government’s indictment of Assange have concerned the American public. The…

Trump’s Ban on Trans Military Members Formally Implemented

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) Last Friday, the Department of Defense began implementing a new policy that effectively prevents transgender individuals from joining the military. Although the policy was announced in a Defense Department memorandum last month, enforcement began on April 12. This development follows efforts to curtail transgender military service by the Trump…

How Xi Jinping is Combating China’s Economic Slowdown

By Christopher Tan (PZ’21) “When China awakes, the world will tremble,” Napoleon once famously said. This statement has never rung truer as China faces an economic slowdown after 30 years of unprecedented growth, with global markets anxious about the trickle-down effects of the country’s sluggish economy. With official numbers from the last quarter of 2018…

Exposure of Cruel and Unusual Punishment in Alabama Seeks to Improve Prison Conditions

By Musa Kamara (PO’22) The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution conveys three major provisions, one of which is perhaps one of the most recognizable constitutional tenets in popular culture. The Amendment guarantees protection from excessive bail, protection from fines, and – most notably– protection from cruel and unusual punishment. The idea of cruel and…

Christchurch Terrorist Attack Initiates Widespread Political Discussion, In New Zealand and Abroad

By Ciara Chow (PO ’22) On Friday, March 15, fifty people were killed in a mass shooting (now designated as a terrorist attack) in Christchurch, New Zealand. The gunman opened fire in two mosques. The Christchurch attack is the largest in New Zealand history with a death toll almost four times higher than the country’s…