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Turkey and Kurdish Forces Broker Fragile Pact to Offset ISIS After a month of relentless combat in Kobani, the Turkish government will allow two hundred Peshmerga troops, the armed forces of semi-autonomous Kurdistan in Iraq, to cross its borders in order to defend the city against ISIS militants. When fighting began in the Syrian Kurdish [...]

Johns Hopkins’ Mental Health Crisis

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Johns Hopkins needs to talk about mental health. That much is evident from the response to last Wednesday’s passing of sophomore Yangkai Li. For the most part, the succinct email from the Office of the Dean of Student Life stuck to describing the events that transpired. It offered condolences to friends and family, and listed [...]

Interview with Dr. Chor-Yung Cheung, Member of HKSAR Election Committee

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Dr. Chor-Yung Cheung is a senior teaching fellow of Public Policy at City University Hong Kong, focusing on political theory and Hong Kong politics. He is a panel member of the HKSAR Administrative Appeals Board and an elected member of the HKSAR Election Committee. How do you see the demands of the Occupy Central Movement? [...]

The Dream of Conservatism is Alive in Kansas

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In 2010, Republican Sam Brownback was elected governor of Kansas, a staunch red state with a history of radicalism tempered by traditional centrism. The jewel in the new governor’s policy crown was to be a massive tax cut. In May 2012, supported by Reaganomics guru Arthur Laffer and Koch Industries-backed think tanks, the Kansas state [...]

Raise the Roof: RAD Politics

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Since 1937, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has funded public housing authorities (PHAs) to provide housing for low-income families and senior citizens. More than a million households live in housing administered by PHAs, but the stock of public housing is falling. The average project was built 40 years ago, and most are [...]

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