Queen Arsem-O’Malley focuses on grassroots labor organizing, youth-led social movements, anti-carceral feminism, and critiques of mainstream media.
In an incredible investigation at the intersection of environmental justice and prison advocacy, Raven Rakia details the combination of the dire health consequences of coal ash and the sometimes-fatal negligence of a Pennsylvania prison.
Avi Asher-Schapiro focuses on US foreign policy, politics in the Middle East and South America, and technology issues.
“The Detail in Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Story That Rings True,” by Carlotta Gall. New York Times Magazine, May 12, 2015.
Seymour Hersh’s recent expose in the London Review of Books on the killing of Osama Bin Laden has many calling him a conspiracy theorist. But veteran New York TimesAfPak correspondent Carlotta Gall comes to Hersh’s defense on several key points, confirming that, at the very least, the government version of events rests on a series of half-truths.
Cole Delbyck focuses on LGBT politics, East Asia, and representational issues in film and television.
“I Was Born Homosexual. I Chose to Be Gay,” by J. Bryan Lowder. Slate, May 12, 2015.
What can I say about this powerful and challenging essay on the schism between homosexuality and gayness? Effortlessly pulling from sources ranging from RuPaul and Oscar Wilde to Foucault and Edmund White, Lowder takes a temperature test of what it means to be gay in and outside the bedroom in 2015. I particularly appreciated his attempt to define gayness, something he breaks down into four key concepts—cruising, drag, queenliness, and family.
Khadija Elgarguri focuses on MENA issues including women’s rights, the relationship between foreign policy and cultural change, and women’s roles in protest movements in the region.