The Burqa Ban: A Feminist Policy

In an unexpected statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed that Germany ban the burqa or niqab (the Islamic headdresses that covers a woman’s face) wherever possible. Merkel’s statement may be understandably shocking to some people: from the woman who wants no government intervention in her life, to the man who fears the impending consequences of Islamophobia, the ban…


Reform, Do Not Abandon the United Nations

Waves of nationalism have swept the globe in 2016. Anti-liberal/conservative politicians from across the globe have seen big victories in local and federal elections. In the United Kingdom, the people narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU) in an occurrence deemed, “Brexit.” Anti-E.U. sentiment has hit several other nations hard: Eurosceptic parties in France,…

Time to leave the U.N.

Much like the anti-capitalists on the University of Minnesota’s campus, the United Nations’ (UN) most recent target are housing developments. The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution condemning the Israeli (Jewish) housing settlements. “The establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and…

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