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Budget Cuts Threaten Potential Disintegration of the Violence Against Women’s Act

 

 

By: Maia Fleischman Earlier this week, President Trump released a blueprint of his planned budget cuts for the upcoming year.  In his blueprint, President Trump reminded the American people why they voted for him—because they entrusted him to make America great again. Specifically, President Trump stated, “ Our aim is to meet the simple, but […]

 

 

Brazilian Supreme Court Begins to the Lay Groundwork for Decriminalization of Abortion

 

 

By: Amanda Greenberg The Brazilian Penal Code, adopted in 1940, decriminalizes abortion only in cases of rape and to save the life of the mother. However, every year an estimated 850,000 Brazilian women risk up to three years in jail to have illegal abortions, many under dangerous conditions. However, on November 29, 2016, the Brazilian […]

 

 

The Secret Black Market that is a Black Mark on Major League Baseball

 

 

By: Daniel Gross This past baseball season, over thirty Cuban players put on uniforms for Major League Baseball teams (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/birthplace.php?loc=Cuba&y=2016). Some like, Aroldis Chapman helping the Chicago Cubs end some kind of infamous drought, or Yoenis Cespedes for the Mets, played integral roles for teams in the postseason. Locally, both Adeiny Hechavarria and the late […]

 

 

Americanizing Cuba

 

 

By: Hailey Blanco The recent decision to open up ties between Cuba and the U.S. has done more than just effect the country’s economy; it has had an incredible effect on the daily lives of the Cuban people. In the past, learning or even speaking English was discouraged. Now, some might say it is becoming […]

 

 

Round One: President Trump v. “Sanctuary Cities”

 

 

By: Bradley Jarrett During his campaign, President Trump vowed to dismantle so called “sanctuary cities” if elected. He promised to cut off all federal funding to these cities and to “work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.” In his first week in office, President Trump issued an […]

 

 

Looking Back at the Partial Restoration of Diplomatic Ties with Cuba

 

 

By: Charles Short As Russia ramps up efforts to plunge back into the Cold War with the United States following reports that Russia hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s emails, diplomatic ties with another former Cold War adversary has begun the thawing process. This past December marked the two-year anniversary since President Obama announced a […]

 

 

“Wet-Foot” Policy Dried Up—Is Something Afoot?

 

 

By: Miguel Fernandez The long standing “Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot” Policy is gone. On January 12, 2017, just before leaving office, President Barack Obama ended the 20-year-old policy that has allowed most Cuban refugees who reach United States soil to stay and become legal permanent residents. President Obama stated, “[e]ffective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter […]

 

 

 

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