OUTLANDS FOCUS:

TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP

By Maria Hagen


In 2013 the United States and the European Union began negotiating a new trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), geared at stabilizing their economies and increasing trade between the two unions. But by 2015 the discussions have nearly ground to a halt as the two sides refuse to compromise on key issues... 


OUTLANDS INTERVIEW: SHENNA BELLOWS

By Ursa Beckford and Makayla Reed


Shenna Bellows is a Maine politician and consultant for positive social change.  From 2005-2013 she was director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine, and was a leader on Maine’s campaign for marriage equality.  Last fall Shenna ran against Susan Collins for the U.S. Senate.  On February 18, Ursa and Makayla spoke with Shenna about her work, her feelings on the state of...


AYOTZINAPA: 

OUSTING THE PERFECT DICTATOR

By Galen Hecht


On the night of September 26, 2014, a group of 43 students from the Rural Normal School, a teacher’s college in Aytozinapa, Guerrero, was attacked and disappeared into the violent reaches of Mexico. The Mexican government’s response has been a circus act of dishonesty, denying the overwhelming evidence that the students were kidnapped by...


A CATALYST FOR PEACE:

THE CASE FOR KURDISH INDEPENDENCE

By Leah Kovitch


The stateless are perhaps the world’s most disadvantaged people.  Roughly 10 million cannot claim a nation-state as their home; this is the daily plight of refugees, the undocumented, and ethnic minorities that have been displaced, such as the Kurds.  One of the largest stateless groups, the Kurds and have been systematically oppressed...


OUT OF DARKNESS AND SHADOWS:

REBIRTH OF THE ISLAMIC NATION

By Ursa Beckford


Never has a land known the freedom, economic activity, and military might of America.  In humanity’s million-year history, a people has never been as free, an economic system as advanced, or an army as mighty as in the United States.  It has come at a price; the blood of many peoples has darkened the earth, world wars have been fought, and...



A UNITED EFFORT:

THE NECESSITY OF THE WAR ON TERROR

By Joshua Tohn


All around the globe, a war is being fought. Not between nations and armies, but in the streets and mountains of countries everywhere. A war started by people and fought by people. A war of people versus nations, of towns versus armies, and martyrs versus soldiers.  There are many players in this war: the United States of America, England, France...