Queen Arsem-O’Malley focuses on grassroots labor organizing, youth-led social movements, anti-carceral feminism, and critiques of mainstream media.
“Fight for Fifteen on Campus,” by Keely Mullen. In These Times, April 6, 2015.
Discussions of student debt, adjunct organizing, and fair wages for campus staff are often framed as separate fights, but $15 Now NU—a campaign run by a coalition of student groups at Northeastern University—connects these struggles to the corporatization of higher education. Students voted on the issue in a referendum this week, which passed with 76 percent, and negotiations with the university will begin next fall.
Avi Asher-Schapiro focuses on US foreign policy, politics in the Middle East and South America, and technology issues.
“The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s,” by Liz Sly.The Washington Post, April 4, 2015.
In this provocative article, Liz Sly claims that many of the leadership positions in ISIS are actually held by former members of Saddam Hussein’s army, pushed aside when the US disbanded the Iraqi armed forces in 2003. It’s a strong counter argument to those—like The Atlantic's Graeme Wood—who insist that the key to understanding ISIS is to explore its jihadist ideology.
Cole Delbyck focuses on LGBT politics, East Asia and representational issues in film and television.
“Taking Feminist Battle to China’s Streets, and Landing in Jail,” by Andrew Jacobs. The New York Times, April 5, 2015.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, five Chinese feminists—Li Tingting, Wang Man, Wei Tingting, Wu Rongrong and Zheng Churan—were arrested for provoking social instability. In the eyes of the Chinese government, social instability means organizing a campaign about sexual harassment on public transportation. Their detention speaks to the disturbing trend of suppressing grassroots activism that has escalated since Xi Jinping became president in 2012.