Sexual Violence at Indiana University: The Questions

Sexual violence is a crime. Sexual violence should not be a norm. Sexual violence affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men. There were 252 reports of alleged sexual misconduct reported on the Indiana University Bloomington campus in 2014-2015 according to The Annual Student Welfare Report. Only 40 out of the 252 cases…

Lebanese PM Resigns as Tensions Rise

The Lebanese Prime Minister attempted to resign this past weekend, and is now allegedly under house arrest. On Saturday, PM Saad al-Hariri made a televised announcement of his abrupt resignation, citing fears of an assassination plot as the reason.  His father, former PM Rafik Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. In his announcement, Hariri mentioned the…

Saudi Prince Grabs Power in the Midst of Corruption

Imagine waking up to find that Warren Buffett, along with the heads of NBC, CBS and ABC had all been arrested overnight. The people of Saudi Arabia awoke to a similar reality over the weekend, after the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father King Salman commissioned a purge of arrests of their own…

France approves new anti-terror laws

The French parliament passed the anti-terrorism bill a few days after a knifeman killed two women in Marseille. The bill, which is being hailed by some as “highly controversial” was approved by 415 votes to 127.

Domestic Violence & Gun Control: An Interview with Paul Helmke

  In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting and at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it is vital that we open dialogue concerning the intersection of domestic abuse and gun violence. I sat down with Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign from 2006-2011, former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and SPEA professor to…

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

This week, a federal judge took steps to block President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly blocked implementation on the grounds that it was likely the transgender service members who had sued the Trump administration over the ban would win their suit. The…

Barzani to step down amid aftermath of Kurdish referendum

The effects of the Kurdish independence referendum are still resonating within Iraq and the Kurdish territories. Masoud Barzani announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his position as president of the KRG, a position which he has held since 2004. Last week, Iraqi forces took back Kirkuk from the Kurds after they had…

A Conversation with Congressional Candidate Dan Canon

    There’s a new candidate running in Indiana’s 9th congressional district—a progressive running in the 2018 Democratic primary: Dan Canon. Canon is an Indiana native. He grew up in Clark and Floyd counties and is the son of a working-class mother and a lifelong Hoosier. Admittedly, he is not a traditional Washington politician; “I…