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Stardom for Sale

At talent conventions for kids, families buy in and lose out.

An Interview With Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur and Television Personality

"I’m competitive. I want to win."

Political Shifts in Zimbabwe: The Leadership of Emmerson Mnangagwa

"Mnangagwa seems likely to reestablish dialogue with neighboring countries and the international community."

World Cup 2022: Human Rights and Fostering Social Change in Qatar

"If the 2022 World Cup is held in a Qatar that looks the same as the Qatar of today, it is a burden that both FIFA and the Qatari monarchy will bear."

Featured Interviews

An Interview with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

"For me, it is improving services, making the city more attractive to investors, young couples, families, and visitors."

An Interview with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands

“While everyone else is talking about the hurricane and rebuilding, there’s an underlying crisis.”

An Interview with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

"For me, it is improving services, making the city more attractive to investors, young couples, families, and visitors."

What’s On, TC?: Gilded Reflections

TC Martin reviews Golden Girls S3E1 in the second installment of his biweekly column.

Out of the Cycle Podcast: Episode 2

Sarah Strober and Seth Herschkowitz discuss South Sudan.

Purple State: The Supreme Court Takes on Gerrymandering in North Carolina

"That richness of being a purple state…leads to good dialogue and debate."

“There’s power in numbers”: Local 33 and Graduate Unionization at Yale

"Our vote demonstrated that our students are unified. The division is between the administration and students."

Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers: Refugees Share Their Cultures Through Culinary Diplomacy

"Sharing food is a form of nation branding—building collective knowledge of a culture through cuisine."

Based on a True Story: The Ethos of the “Docudrama”

“Most of the time when you are making a film about a historical person it reflects much more about the time in which it is being made than it does about the period it’s trying to illuminate.”

“A benevolent unitary leader”? China’s Xi Tightens His Grip on Power

"Like most other anti-corruption campaigns, Xi’s crusade has been very popular amongst the Chinese people and has invoked profound fear amongst other Party members."

The National Food Fight: Trump Administration takes on Obama-era School Nutrition Regulations

"The Trump Administration is pulling out all the stops to rollback any protection or public health safeguard at the expense of harming kids’ health."

Resilience Recognized: San Francisco Honors World War II’s “Comfort Women”

"To me, the name of the country that perpetrated the sex slavery is almost irrelevant."

Underwater Farms: The East Coast Oyster Industry Fortifies Itself Against a Changing Environment

"There are oysters, bizarrely, improbably, bobbing in the waters of a channel cutting through urban Bridgeport."

Spiderweb: Whispers of Wealth at Jonathan Edwards College

"Equality in funding for colleges was already debated in nascent years of the system."

Featured Interviews

An Interview with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

"For me, it is improving services, making the city more attractive to investors, young couples, families, and visitors."

An Interview with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands

“While everyone else is talking about the hurricane and rebuilding, there’s an underlying crisis.”

“Scott Lewis: Innocent Man”

"Lewis was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to 120 years in prison."

“A Seat at the Table”: New Haven Activists Fight Food Insecurity

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing the need for food assistance grow in Connecticut.”

Yale Graduate Students Respond to Tuition Tax

How will a tax on tuition waivers impact Yale students pursuing graduate study?

Americans Can’t Afford a Tuition Tax

"Now is not the time to be silent: the next few weeks could determine the fate of higher education in our country."

Students Unite Now Rallies with Local 33: “March for an Academy That’s Ours”

The Politic covered the rally, taking video footage and conducting interviews with marchers.

Rethinking Exile at the Yale University Art Gallery

With its newly opened exhibition, the YUAG expands the narrative of exile and migration through the arts.

Homogeny without Hostility: The Buckley Program’s 7th Annual Conference

A Tempered Assessment of Free Speech and Partisan Tolerance at Yale

Taking on an Epidemic: Yale’s Researchers Provide Potential Solutions for the Opioid Crisis

Soon, those who have served our country will finally have access to the safe, permanent pain relief and care they deserve.

Memories and Demery’s: Yale’s Heavy Hand Over One Broadway

“ABP started the Cambridgization of New Haven that took all the personality away and left nothing but retail hell."

Buzzkill: Connecticut’s Bee Population in Peril

What is killing Connecticut’s bees, and what can be done to stop it?

Stardom for Sale

At talent conventions for kids, families buy in and lose out.

Purple State: The Supreme Court Takes on Gerrymandering in North Carolina

"That richness of being a purple state…leads to good dialogue and debate."

Featured Interviews

An Interview with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

"For me, it is improving services, making the city more attractive to investors, young couples, families, and visitors."

An Interview with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands

“While everyone else is talking about the hurricane and rebuilding, there’s an underlying crisis.”

Refugees in Small-Town Idaho

"The Twin Falls case exemplifies a collision of dichotomies and frictions that continue to be played out everywhere."

Fire and Furry: America’s Petless President

"Donald was not a dog fan."

Not a Winter Wonderland: A Steep Slope of Inequality in Ski Resorts

“Life for [many immigrants] is fundamentally different than a tourist or wealthy resident."

An Interview with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands

“While everyone else is talking about the hurricane and rebuilding, there’s an underlying crisis.”

Super Bowl Ad Review: Have a Coke

"The ad invites the viewer to embrace diversity by remarking, 'There’s a Coke for you.'"

State of the Union 2018 Liveblog

Welcome to The Politic's liveblog of the 2018 State of the Union!

Trump, “Shithole” Countries, and Political Correctness: A Response

"The undeniable success of the liberal American state is due in large part to a dark, often-ignored underbelly of racism and prejudice."

The Imperfect Candidate: Joe Ganim’s Run for Gubernatorial Office

"Ganim still touts his confident response: 'Bring it on.'"

Yalies at the 2018 Women’s March

"I marched because women from all walks of life deserve equality in the eyes of the law and society."

Is MTV the Antichrist?: Music Videos and Their Violent Messaging

"The Media Violence Commission says that consistent exposure to violent or aggressive media increases aggression, violent thoughts, and desensitization to violence in adolescents."

Political Shifts in Zimbabwe: The Leadership of Emmerson Mnangagwa

"Mnangagwa seems likely to reestablish dialogue with neighboring countries and the international community."

World Cup 2022: Human Rights and Fostering Social Change in Qatar

"If the 2022 World Cup is held in a Qatar that looks the same as the Qatar of today, it is a burden that both FIFA and the Qatari monarchy will bear."

Featured Interviews

An Interview with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

"For me, it is improving services, making the city more attractive to investors, young couples, families, and visitors."

An Interview with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands

“While everyone else is talking about the hurricane and rebuilding, there’s an underlying crisis.”

Art on Wheels: Painting Pakistan’s Truck “Brides”

"Looking at the truck art, you are cast full force into the dizzying vibrancy of Karachi."

Truth on Trial: Unearthing the Legacy of the Nakba

"We remember, you remember, they remember"

Ancient Islands, Newest Country? New Caledonia Prepares to Vote on Independence

"Today is really an epic moment, a beautiful time for us."

Czech Elections: Battles on Shifting Grounds

"The biggest danger facing the Czech Republic is not what the president will do, but rather what he will not."

An Interview with Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer on China

"I think [China] see[s] religion as a useful tool in the overall effort to restore some sort of order in society.”

The Fashion Shepherds: How Trends Arrive from the Runway to our Wardrobes

"Before seeing so many styles debuted on the runway, I overlooked the influence of fashion shepherds."

Iran’s Bread Protests: Economic Injustice and Rouhani’s Failures

"Even if the protests wane in power and size, the anger and frustration felt by the people will still remain."

An Old Alliance Under a New President: U.S. and South Korean Relations

"Moon knows that the U.S. is an important ally that South Korea needs on its side in the current climate."

Literature Review: The Accusation by Bandi

The Accusation is a collection of short stories that were penned by a North Korean author, under the pseudonym of Bandi.

Poetry Collection Review: Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

"Generational trauma is a constant, quiet part of our identities, and Vuong is fittingly gentle in how he communicates this."

A Hesitant #MeToo

"#MeToo has only begun to expose the violence embedded in society, but the discussion cannot end here."

Trump, “Shithole” Countries, and Political Correctness: A Response

"The undeniable success of the liberal American state is due in large part to a dark, often-ignored underbelly of racism and prejudice."

Featured Interviews

An Interview with Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

"For me, it is improving services, making the city more attractive to investors, young couples, families, and visitors."

An Interview with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands

“While everyone else is talking about the hurricane and rebuilding, there’s an underlying crisis.”

The Problem With Humans of New York

"Some of this suffering is the cause of human relationships, but much of it has to do with social crises like housing segregation and discrimination."

“That Constitution will be no more!”: Trump, Jefferson, and Presidential Challenges to the Judiciary

"Trump’s actions may have precedents, but Jefferson’s intrusions into the judicial system were repudiated and proved politically damaging."

The Politics of the Holiday Season

Jack Kelly writes about the political nature of the holiday season.

The Irresponsibility of the Elite: Why We Protest the Aggrandizement of Thomas Friedman

Students respond to Yale's hosting of Middle East journalist Thomas Friedman.

Admissions Absurdity: “Holistic” In Name Only

"Really, the admissions panel is evaluating how you present yourself. Don’t take it personally."

Friendsgiving: Pies, Ice Cream, and Growing Up

There is something magical about seeing old hometown friends in a new city.

A Thanksgiving Reflection: Navigating the Holidays and LGBTQ Identity

Lauren Lee reflects on Thanksgiving, acceptance, and family in light of her LGBTQ identity.

Was Dove’s Recent Advertisement Racist?

"In a society where racism has been entrenched in people’s views from the inception of the country, it is inevitable that people will notice racism through subtle details."

Hopefully Gone, Hopefully Forgotten: Toxic Masculinity, A Eulogy?

Gabe Roy asks what jokes about harming transgender women say about the state of toxic masculinity in the U.S.

Originalism in the Supreme Court: Legacy and Impact

Whether or not partisan-gerrymandering claims are justiciable is vulnerable to an ideology that works at the expense of our representative government's legitimacy.