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…

A Brexit Breakdown

PM Theresa May has made some decidedly big promises for the future of the UK post-Brexit.  Even though the ruling was declared final after the 2016 referendum, there were and are still many details that need to be hammered out before the UK will be able to leave the European Union.  Here’s a breakdown of…

Indiana University Faculty Looks to Make a Positive Change in Human Rights Issues

As part of Social Impact Month, Christina Ochoa, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law at Maurer School of Law, presented Otra Cosa No Hay, the documentary she directed and produced about environmental issues, mining and multinational corporations in Columbia. Ochoa has a strong background in human rights and activism. Kelley Eskew, Clinical Associate Professor of the Department…

This Week in Space

Two Dead Stars Collide In August, the collision of two dead stars was observed.  Two neutron stars in a distant galaxy –NGC 4993, some 130 million light-years from us– spun around each other, drawing closer and closer until they finally met in a violent explosion.  A ‘nova’ is the abrupt increase in a star’s brightness;…

Me Too.

After Alyssa Milano’s Tweet about posting #MeToo was seen by thousands wanting to share their story, ‘Me Too’ has become a rally for survivors of sexual assault. Social media users began putting this hashtag to indicate that they have been sexually assaulted or harassed. The purpose of the movement is to show how widespread the issue…