White House Bars Selected Media Organizations from Entry

The usual daily press briefing didn’t happen on February 24.  Instead, an untelevised briefing of a selected few media outlets took place at the White House. It is clear CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is working to hide her shock as she broke the news at 2:01 p.m., Friday afternoon. “We have just learned here at…

The Decision in Bobigny: Police Brutality in France

On Monday, a French court determined a police officer should go to trial and face charges of rape. The decision comes after weeks of often violent rallies, sparked by “L’Affaire Théo”: the February 2nd arrest of Théo Luhaka, 22, which resulted in surgery and a hospital stay.  Three police officers involved were accused of unnecessary…

Women in Business Host Keynote Speaker at Kelley

Situated in a lecture room at Hodge Hall, home of the Kelley School of Business, a woman addressed a small crowd of budding businesspeople, arrayed in short-sleeve tops and skirts. The name of the speaker was Tiffany Olson, president of Nuclear Pharmacy Services at Cardinal Health. Olson served as the keynote speaker at “React to…

Flint Residents Sue the EPA for $700 Million

In Flint, Mich., levels of lead in the water supply have fallen but remain above the federal limit. Residents of the city are outraged and demand justice. More than 1500 Flint residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the EPA, citing an act of negligence. They demand over $700 million for the federal agency’s alleged…

Author Deepa Iyer Talks War on Terror, Refugees at IMU

Communities of South Asian and Arab Americans have experienced backlash in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, said author and civil rights lawyer Deepa Iyer at an event Monday evening at the Indiana Memorial Union. Iyer spoke to a crowd of about 60 students, faculty and Bloomington community members in the Frangipani Room of…

Ashton Kutcher Delivers Testimony in Senate on Ending Child Sex Trafficking

Actor Ashton Kutcher gave a powerful testimonial in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week asking for federal support in his fight against child sex trafficking with his foundation ‘Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children’. Thorn was founded in 2009 by Kutcher and his former wife Demi Moore. The organization’s purpose is to develop…

Putin Signs Law Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

A week ago, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, signed into law a contentious bill decriminalizing domestic violence between family members. No longer in the Russian criminal code, domestic violence is now treated like any other case of battery, an “administrative violation.”  Battery carries a maximum fine of 30,000 roubles ($502), community service, or a 15-day detention.…

A Rundown of Recent Protests and Riots in Paris

After similar riots earlier this month, protests in Paris got violent again over the weekend. On February 2, a black man, identified only as ‘Theo,’ aged 22, was arrested in the district of Aulnay-Sous-Bois by police.  He alleged that one of the officers sexually assaulted him with a baton during the arrest. The arrest was…

Taiwan, the U.S. and the ‘One China’ Policy

Some people are saying Trump made a bit of a questionable diplomatic decision this week. The relationship between the U.S. and China has always been a bit strained, so Trump’s phone call Thursday night to Chinese President Xi Jinping to wish him a happy Chinese New Year might seem like a good move on his…

A Definitive Guide to Neil Gorsuch: Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump nominated Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court seat left open by the death of Antonin Scalia a year ago. Seeing as Gorsuch is a new figure on the national stage, this article sets out to answer a few questions about who he is, what his…