Thursday 18th January 2018,
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Gender Standards in the Modern Military


By Arielle Klepach Almost one year ago, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered all military branches to open combat- arms roles to women. Many view this decision as a step towards increased gender equality, but the shift has not come without a set of key questions that the military must now [...]

March 18, 2014 National, Print Edition 0

The Illegitimacy of the Crimean Referendum


It’s been all over the news the past two days that a referendum has been held in Crimea, and the results are overwhelmingly in favor of leaving Ukraine to join Russia. It’s also been all over the news that not only have the United States and the European Union refused [...]

March 17, 2014 Soapbox Blog 0

The Climate-Investment Negative Feedback Loop

By Thomas Andrew Simpson Edited by Jordan Dannenberg             In this day and age, it is widely accepted that climate change is here to stay, and the widespread consensus is that humans are to blame. I am not here to pull out the facts and [...]

March 16, 2014 National, Online Only 0

Is Democracy Coming to Viet Nam soon? (Part 2)

Furthermore, because Viet Nam is still a soft authoritarian country, it needs to choose whether to democratize or focus on economic development first because simultaneous reform is dangerous because the two can undermine each other (Armijo). Democratization will force giving political voice to groups and individuals, which require additional expenditures, [...]

March 15, 2014 Soapbox Blog 0

Anti-Government Protests In Thailand: A Political Sociology of Elite and Class Conflict

By Larry Liu Edited by Chris Hua Introduction An estimated 150- to 200,000 people from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) led by Suthep Thaugsuban are protesting against the government of Thailand, led by Yingluck Shinawatra, wanting her to resign her post (Peck and Wedel 2014). Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [...]

March 3, 2014 Global, Online Only 0

Rousseau Would Have Loved Twitch Plays Pokémon


By now, it’s very likely that you’ve heard of Twitch Plays Pokémon, even if you are not among the millions who have participated in or watched the chaos that’s gone down. However, this is a political blog and not a gaming blog, so I ought to give an explanation. Over [...]

March 3, 2014 Soapbox Blog 0

Learning From The Strategic Folly In Afghanistan

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By Josh Zuckerman To most Americans the war in Afghanistan is a frustrating riddle. Despite being routed by the vastly superior American military, the Taliban has managed to drag the war on for 14 years. Like many wars of the present, the one in Afghanistan has not produced a clear-cut [...]

March 1, 2014 Soapbox Blog 0

What You Need to Know About Ukraine

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A Recount of the Events The crisis in Ukraine has been in the making for a while now. The former Soviet state has been mired in difficult economic straits and, last year, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich promised reform and began negotiations for a trade-and-aid agreement with the European Union. Suspicious [...]

February 24, 2014 Soapbox Blog 0

Battle of the Vice Presidents: Selina Meyer v. Frank Underwood

As an avid follower of both politics and television, I of course watch House of Cards and Veep. And upon starting season two of House of Cards, I couldn’t stop thinking about the stark differences in the vice presidents from the two shows. Selina Meyer, the vice president in Veep, [...]

February 19, 2014 Soapbox Blog 0

Do You Really Wanna Know About Some Gangsta Sh*t?

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I begin with apologies to my grandparents, probably my only loyal readers, because I intend to write about something exclusive to Penn today. So, from what I’ve gathered, Chi Omega and Beta Theta Pi threw a party last week that was “gangsta” themed. A lot of people are upset about [...]

February 19, 2014 Soapbox Blog, Uncategorized 0