Queen Arsem-O’Malley focuses on grassroots labor organizing, youth-led social movements, anti-carceral feminism, and critiques of mainstream media.
“Killing the Colorado (Part 1: Holy Crop),” by Abrahm Lustgarten and Naveena Sadasivam. ProPublica, May 28, 2015.
While drought in California has been capturing headlines, the Colorado River is entering its 15th year of drought. ProPublica’s multi-part investigation delves into the history of the river, water rights, and the river’s ever-decreasing supply. The first part explores cotton farming in Arizona, a practice that is heavily subsidized by the federal government and uses billions of gallons of water every year.
Avi Asher-Schapiro focuses on US foreign policy, politics in the Middle East and South America, and technology issues.
“Why Saudi Arabia’s Yemen war is not producing victory,” by Bruce Riedel. A-Monitor, May 22, 2015.
Gulf expert Bruce Riedel offers up a smart analysis of the Yemen conflict where, he says, the “Saudis are learning the limits of their power.”
Cole Delbyck focuses on LGBT politics, East Asia and representational issues in film and television.
“Why Can’t We Talk About Homophobia in the Black Community?” by Daniel Reynolds. The Advocate, May 26, 2015.
In this thoughtful and historically grounded essay, Reynolds tackles the sensitive subject of black homophobia—a topic some believe gets too much and some too little, attention. 2015, in many ways, has been a banner year for representations of black LGBT voices in the media (Thank you, Empire), but there is of course a gap between the stories people see on screen and reality. Reynolds emphasizes that “Ignorance and hate are not black-exclusive,” while simultaneously providing an analysis for the specific ways homophobia has manifested in the black community.
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.