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Dear Loyal and New Readers, We are delighted to present to you our first weekly issue of the academic year. Since it was founded six years ago, the Politik has become the forum for bold and incisive political journalism at Johns Hopkins. We proudly provide a nonpartisan platform for students to engage in the important [...]

Week in Review: War

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Shots Fly at Tripoli Airport An alliance of Islamist and Misrata militias have seized Tripoli’s main airport. Ever since the deposing of Muammar Gaddfi, Libya has teetered on the edge of civil war, and pundits claim that this action marks the war’s beginning. The recent fighting was triggered by the parliamentary elections, with citizens aggravated [...]

From Missouri to Maryland: Why Ferguson Matters for All of America

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In Ferguson, America is burning. At 12:01 pm on Saturday, August 9, Officer Darren Wilson confronted Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson for walking in the middle of the street. Michael, 18, and Dorian, 22, were unarmed Black men on their way to visit a friend. An altercation arose and by 12:04 pm Michael Brown had [...]

The Varsity Effect: Examining Housing at Johns Hopkins

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The costs associated with higher education in the United States lead us to rightfully assume that access to such is a luxury. Tuition, by far the greatest expense for Johns Hopkins undergraduates, is followed immediately by housing. The latter becomes of great interest when students are unceremoniously booted from their barely off-campus dorms after sophomore [...]

The Crenson Report, Thirty Years Later: Hostility at Homewood

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The year 1984 promised to be a time of change for women at Johns Hopkins. In what seemed to be a pivotal moment, an undergraduate came across a note that exposed some of the overt sexism that women regularly faced on campus. An official university report subsequently described Homewood as antagonistic to its female affiliates, [...]

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