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Film Review by Soma Samadhi: Analysis of Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

In the first minutes of the Netflix documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom the cameras capture rubble, screams and gunshots. We see a young man slumped over, dead in the middle of a street in Ukraine as people run past him. It looks like a war zone. A man no older than 22 …

Visual Arts by Elina Morrison: Human Rights: A New Generation

About This Project. A storymap is a visual narrative, traditionally used for geographical/science-based storytelling. Its format can help illustrate spatial relationships, make data visualization interactive, and it is a powerful way to share ideas. This storymap compiles data from 30 youth across 14 U.S states and 5 countries. Participants filled out a short questionnaire regarding …

Book Review by Savannah Dicus: Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired an emergence of prison abolitionist thought as more people realize the unjustness of our justice system, including me. I’ve never thought about what a world would look like without prisons before. I thought police were corrupt, but prisons? Prison abolition is still regarded as radical, but is being …

Human Rights in Miniature by Bow Rudolph: A Night Too Silent

Reluctant rain drops nudge a disposable mask past the Lexington bridge, to be sucked underground silently. The evening before, kitchen tools clashed together on the street underneath a hotel, bouncing off the silhouettes of its occupants. The headlines will be the protest, an account of the chants, with the polite summary of the grievances that …

Essay by Leila Yow: Breaking the Curse: A Review of the Resource Curse, Civil Conflict, and Role of Policy

Classical economic theory suggests that an abundance of natural resources is expected to benefit states in the long run via gains to gross domestic product (GDP) and decreased trade dependency. While this theory applies to states like Norway, studies have shown that many other states have experienced the opposite; instead of spurring broadly shared economic …


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