Public Good or Private Investment? The Future of Cities’ Development
As cities recover from the pandemic, it raises possibilities of what is needed to grow and stabilize cities as many people and industries are arriving and leaving them.
The Racialized Meritocracy Trap: Why Low-Income White Republicans Vote Against Their Economic Interests
The myth of meritocracy, created through the racialization and moralization of poverty, leads low-income White Republicans to vote against welfare policies.
Carnaval, Brought to You By Brazilian Mafias and Corrupt Politicians
Carnaval brings prosperity, unity, and entertainment to millions every year, but its ties to organized crime run deep.
The Swimmers: Charges Dropped for Sara Mardini and Migrant Aid Workers
From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Olympics, The Swimmers (2022) recounts the true story of the Mardini sisters’ journey and their fight for refugees.
Azerbaijan’s Government is Stirring Up Racism Against Armenians, While the International Community Stands Idly By
Azerbaijan’s government has been openly stirring up racism against Armenians in an attempt for Azeri dictator Aliyev to consolidate power.
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The Kurdish Question Unanswered: What is Missing From the News on the Iranian Protests
Solidarity towards Iranian protesters has been at an all-time high, but international awareness of Kurdish Iranians and other marginalized communities oppressed in Iran has remained small.
Southeastern EU Candidates Considering New Energy Solutions on Their Road to EU Membership
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union has made choices to turn away from cheap Russian oil that drove up energy prices. How are EU candidate countries adapting to the increasing costs of energy consumption?
Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in English literature with a minor in philosophy from Queen’s University in 2015. More »
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