Rahm Emanuel’s Shell Game on Police Reform

You would think that Rahm Emanuel would learn. You would think that the furor raging in the streets of Chicago daily would be enough for him to realize that business as usual is not the order of the day. You would think that maybe, just...
The University of California, Berkeley sparked widespread debate about academic freedom after suspending a DeCal course dedicated to learning Palestine’s past and present “through the lens of settler colonialism.” DeCal stands for "Democratic Education at Cal", a tradition at Berkeley where undergraduate students have the opportunity to teach 1 or 2...
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and icon of democracy in Burma encounters condemnation in the US from human rights groups and activists everywhere she goes. The reason for this is simple: the image of her as a pure ‘champion of the people’ only lingers in the...
After failing to announce a comprehensive plan for Chicago Police reform after the June report of the Police Accountability Task Force, in July Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an August series of "community forums" in various neighborhoods hosted by local alderman. This was a response to the progressive caucus of aldermen...
While some Americans continue to dispute Colin Kaepernick’s patriotism, other Americans across the nation join in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline – a $3.7 billion investment designed to run through four states as well as across the tribe's sacred lands. Energy Transfer, a...
Mayor's proposed Civilian Office on Police Accountability will bring neither accountability nor community control.
In an move that is cautiously welcomed by Burma human rights organizations, Aung San Suu Kyi announced the creation of an Advisory Commission to find “lasting solutions” to the manifold issues affecting Rakhine State--the most serious being the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. Much of the coverage of the creation of the...
Recently, the burkini has come under fire in France, much like the burqa has in recent years. According to The Washington Post, the burkini goes against France's secular beliefs, putting the country at odds with those who practice Islam and those who do not. The "burkini" is a full...
On Friday, Chicagoans rallied in Federal Plaza for the first World Rohingya Day to bring attention to the Rohingya Muslim minority of Burma who have been targeted by a government and Buddhist extremist campaign of denying that they exist and do not deserve citizenship. In the words of Professor...
Recycling isn’t too hard when you think about it. Reduce, reuse and recycle have simple rules that we can all follow. Food waste goes in the compost, paper and plastic are placed in recycling and unusable waste is placed in the trash. But if it’s not so hard, why...
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