The 2017 German election results marked both a victory and a defeat for now four-time Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) secured 33% of the vote, meaning Merkel will maintain her position leading the largest party in the German parliament (the Bundestag). However, this … Continue reading Multiculturalism prevails in Germany, but by a shrinking margin
The topic of regulating "hate speech" on college campuses has been a hot-button issue in 2017, and staunch defenders of free speech have been pushing back against what they feel are violations of the constitutional rights guaranteed under the First Amendment. There have been multiple instances of scheduled speakers who hold "controversial" views being disinvited … Continue reading Hate Speech: Who are we protecting?
The 2016 Presidential election tested the limits of the two-party system and conventional Republican and Democratic ideology. The platforms of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders pushed the typical red and blue camps towards the fringes. Trump’s affiliation with the Republican party is purely functional (or, it could be argued, dysfunctional) in nature. While many of … Continue reading Is Populism Hijacking the Two-Party System?
Access to information and the ability to spread it to a large audience is now an equal opportunity venture in the age of social media. Anyone with an internet connection and a mobile device can break news, which is an exciting development for journalists who are strategically utilizing social media and adapting the profession to … Continue reading Social Media: A Threat or an Asset to the Professional Journalist?