Author Archive
A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

A Losing Fight: What ISIS’s Decline means for the World

With the complex web of influences that saturate the conflict in Iraq and Syria, it is easy to lose sight of a broader view. While ISIS’s advertisement and promotional innovation is frequently discussed, the astonishingly expansive swath of territory, people, and infrastructure ISIS held at the height of its power is often forgotten. Once having...
Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

With cabinet members, supporters, and appointees abound, President Trump inspects the executive order handed to him by a nearby aid with a stultified mien. Finally finding the title, he reads it loudly for the cameras, proudly looking around the room at an audience we cannot see. ‘Executive order protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry...
Texas Migrant Crisis: Politics of Near and Far Muffle Stories of Humanity

Texas Migrant Crisis: Politics of Near and Far Muffle Stories of Humanity

Often, in our frequent reflections on issues of adjudged political importance, we use and absorb rhetoric of refined dehumanisation. Many, regardless of intent, speak of immigration as a ‘crisis.’ They speak in numbers, in crime statistics, and in legal terminology. Although the word ‘illegals’ is slowly beginning to phase out, at least in news media,...
Syria Talks:  US, Russia, and the obscure complexity of the ‘Syrian’ conflict

Syria Talks: US, Russia, and the obscure complexity of the ‘Syrian’ conflict

It is relatively surprising to note, despite its large media presence and existence as an important election issue, the historically minimal response to the Syrian crisis from the United States (US) over the last five years. In fact, considering its history of intervention, US involvement up until its initiation of peace talks with Russia in...