• News

    The Iran Protests

    Iran has always been a major center of discontent and revolution in the Middle East since the Cold War. Beginning with the election protests of 2009, Iran’s regime has begun to experience major social unrest against political repression and economic crisis. On 28 December, 2017, massive anti-government protests erupted in Mashhad, the second largest city of Iran. The protests were sparked by the declining economy and the failure of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s economic policy. President Hassan Rouhani campaigned and won on a platform of economic revitalization with a host of ambitious new policies and campaign promises. According to a poll in 2015, Rouhani’s popularity skyrocketed to eighty-nine percent of…

  • News

    1st Amendment in Question: The Durham Notification Rule

    Following a summer of frequent and rowdy protests in Durham, notably the purported Ku Klux Klan march and a mob’s destruction of a Confederate statue, Durham County is now considering a policy change which would require protestors to notify the county 48 hours prior to a protest on county property if more than 50 individuals are expected to participate. If protesters failed to notify the county, they would be liable to be prosecuted as trespassers.   Many, including some on the Durham County Board of Commissioners, have expressed significant doubt surrounding the integrity of the policy change. They argue that it may stand as a repression of the right to…

  • Opinions

    Protest Trump’s policies, not his victory

    Election night started jovially for liberals across the United States. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was predicted to have a relatively easy win and the result was expected to be announced by 10pm. In a twist of fate, Donald Trump won convincingly, leaving liberal stunned and horrified. During the final debate of the 2016 presidential election, then-presidential candidate Trump was asked whether he would respect the outcome of the election if Clinton won. His running mate Mike Pence had previously said that there was no question that they would accept Clinton as the next president. Trump’s response, however, was that he would have to look at the result of…

  • Archived,  News

    Protests at the University of Missouri spark action upon pressing racial issues

    By Karlton Tate and Brooke Bauman On Nov. 7, several University of Missouri football players announced they would boycott all football-related activities, including practices and games, until University president Timothy Wolfe was removed or stepped down. In the announcement, posted to social media by The Legion of Black Collegians (LBC), a black student government group at the University, players cited recent racially charged acts of discrimination toward the black community on the campus and the lack of action or meaningful change from administrators on campus as reasons for the boycott. The announcement supported protesters who had been calling for Wolfe’s resignation this past October for his failure to rectify issues…