Human Rights and the Education System of the United States

This article aims to give a general overview of the human rights concerns within our domestic education system, and to draw attention to an accumulating education debt that questions the legitimacy of the statement — “equal opportunity for all.” As is evident from the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, the United States…

Yemen: The Hidden Crisis

1 million contracted cholera.  1 million contracted cholera.  18 million are food insecure. Over 1.8 million children are malnourished. Over 5,000 children have been killed or injured. Three quarters of Yemen’s population are in need of humanitarian assistance. What is happening in Yemen? Why is Yemen ignored?  The Houthi insurgency in Yemen is a primarily…

Gun Control: A Matter of Life, Death, and Fundamental Rights

On February 14th, 2018, Nikolas Cruz went on a rampage, firing wildly at students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, ultimately killing 17 people. The massacre incited a nationwide debate surrounding gun control; a youth-led movement pushed for stricter gun laws, while a resistant movement clung to broad interpretations of the Second Amendment,…

Qatar’s Migrant Labor Crisis

The World Cup draws millions of soccer fans every four years. However, few are aware that the upcoming games in Qatar will take place in stadiums built by exploited migrant laborers. After winning the hosting privilege for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar – the tiny Arab country boasting the world’s highest per-capita income – needed…

Universal Healthcare: The Heart of the Matter

We do not choose the bodies we are born into. Our genetics, environment, and life experiences are products of chance—yet they play an overwhelming, almost determinative, role in our health outcomes. Spotty access to medical care and resources around the world contributes to the plight of millions suffering from preventable disease and chronic pain. Amidst…

Obstruction of the American Voter

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, also known as the VRA, is commonly considered the most effective piece of civil rights legislation in American history. For most of its existence, its popularity only increased. It has been amended five times by the United States Congress – each time was an expansion of its powers. The…

Escalating Intolerance: LGBTQ Rights in Indonesia

On October 18th, 2018, Indonesian police raided a home in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Once inside, they confiscated five cell phones, 25 condoms, and placed two gay men under arrest. Their crime? Running a Facebook page meant to organize meetups in their community, punishable under a law that criminalizes transmitting immoral information online. The punishment?…

Exodus: Eritrean Refugees and the Journey to Asylum

The under-covered refugee crisis: Eritrea has been wrought with civil turmoil, producing many refugees eager to flee the oppressive conditions. Almost 10% of the population have left in the past few years, many seeking asylum in Europe or crowding into refugee camps. They face discrimination and threats of deportation from nations such as Israel. How…

The Story of Malik Jones and its Relevance Today

In the past six years, a number of high-profile incidents have raised issues of police brutality to the forefront of the American consciousness. Beginning with the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin and followed by other nationally recognizable incidents including the police-related deaths of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, and Sandra Bland, the…