by Jedidja van Boven Because the last two weeks of the semester are upon us, I was wasting some hours on YouTube, as you do. I stumbled across this video titled ‘’How To Put a Baby To Sleep’’, and despite … Continue reading Ikumen: Normalizing Stay-at-Home Dads
by Jedidja van Boven The end of 2018 is fast approaching, and it feels like every year gets more intense, with crazier headlines, angrier politicians, and biggerhashtags. 2018, too, was already a record year in many ways- and not always … Continue reading California: Camp Fire and Cannery Row
by Jedidja van Boven The field of law seems to be dealing with some sort of image problem. It’s usually depicted as a stuffy, boring discipline where old people in ill-fitting blazers discuss fraud and tax evasion. Sometimes, however, exceptions … Continue reading The Craziest Lawsuits EVER Filed (You Won’t Believe No. 3!)
by Jedidja van Boven The American daily newspapers were still being flooded with stories on migrant caravans and Saudi journalists when a new report came in on 27 October: The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had been the … Continue reading Pittsburgh and the Polish Sun
by Jedidja van Boven The Bellingshausen station, a Russian outpost on King George Island, Antarctica, doesn’t exactly make headlines often. However, when researcher Sergey Savitsky, stationed at the isolated facility, was charged with attempted murder of a colleague last week, … Continue reading Cold Cases: The Law of Winter and The 1974 Disappearances
By Judith Brouwer I will admit that I am a sucker for bad reality TV. However, if I ever imagined an episode starring Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, I would have thought that it would be a vastly different arrangement … Continue reading When Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian Collide
By Roos Saat Disclaimer: First Nations is the official term used to refer to Indigenous people from Canada, while Native American refers to Indigenous people from the United States. The first time I noticed the small poster on a bathroom … Continue reading The Silent Crisis Across Indian Country: The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
by Jedidja van Boven In the words of a former White House official: it’s open season on the president. A sudden op-ed letter, written by an anonymous senior administration official working for the Trump administration, was published by the New … Continue reading ‘’Amoral and Idiotic’’: Republican Heroism or Strategic Ploy?
by Jedidja van Boven When world-famous tennis player Serena Williams was forbidden to wear her black ‘catsuit’, designed to prevent blood clots after her pregnancy, to the French Open in 2019, online comments were quick to defend Williams against tennis … Continue reading Feminism, Femininity, and Francization: the #BalanceTonPorc Controversy
By Dana Zoutman This February, Elon Musk launched a super rocket to send a Tesla car into orbit around Mars. Bowie’s “Space Oddity” will be playing throughout its journey . When someone on Twitter asked him why he was planning … Continue reading Do Aliens Even Matter in this Economy?
Comedy, journalism, or social activism? By Heleen Heijungs Last Sunday night, Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach launched a campaign against Facebook, urging users to deactivate their accounts . Over 29,000 Facebook users have said they will participate in the event, with … Continue reading Zondag met Lubach
What happened, and why should we care? By Tom van Leeuwen and Heleen Heijungs What is the link between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica? You have probably noticed the recent controversy surrounding Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and a series of alleged … Continue reading Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and UCR
The UCR Edition By Faye Bovelander In between lukewarm to heated Facebook discussions, party posts of the Political and Law Society, and local politicians randomly popping up around UCR, you might have noticed that the municipal elections that are happening … Continue reading Why Local Elections Matter
By Eric Zhang In late January, the world’s attention was drawn towards what was deemed by many as a possible turn of events in Korean politics. Mr. Kim Jong-un has for the first time addressed Moon Jae-in as the president … Continue reading A Good Time for Optimism about North Korea?
By Eric Zhang On 6 November, Donald Trump went on the first state visit to China of his presidency, and it is considered the most important stop in both strategic and economic terms in his visit to five Asian countries. … Continue reading Everything you need to know about the meeting between Trump and Xi
By Eric Zhang This October has not been a peaceful month for Catalonia and Spain. On October 1st, Catalonia held a referendum as to whether it should become an independent country. The majority of the vote supported independence, but the … Continue reading The Politics of Passion – the Catalonian Referendum
In her article “Did We Get Used to Nazis (Again)?”, Rebecca Fobbe lambasts the success of the Alternative für Deutschland party (Alternative for Germany, AFD) in the recent German federal elections, which gained almost 13% of votes and thus became … Continue reading AFD – Whiff from the Brown Past or Fresh Wind in a Stale Closet?
By Rebecca Fobbe On Sunday the 24th of September, the last of a series of breath-holding European elections was carried out. After the Dutch and French votes for their new respective heads of states, both events closely monitored due to … Continue reading Did We Get Used to Nazis (Again)?
By Eric Zhang and Maryna Parfenchuk Ukraine has always been a nation torn apart by different superpowers and identities. For centuries, Austro-Hungarian Empire and Poland had governed its west, whereas its east had been under the control of Russia. That … Continue reading Powergames, History, and Identity – a Ukrainian Perspective on Crimea
In recent weeks, the Hermit’s Kingdom – North Korea has raised the security concerns throughout the globe again. Following the belligerent verbal confrontation between Kim and Trump in August, North Korea’s KCNA just declared the country’s newest success in their … Continue reading The Grim Realism Underlying the Puzzle of North Korea