Police brutality, expulsion and music – containing protest in Russia

Rally for the right to vote in Moscow on August 10th 2019. Source: Sergey Leschina, via Wikimedia Commons. The summer of 2019 in Russia stood in stark contrast with last year’s flourish and excitement surrounding the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It was a summer marked by marked by violence and widespread political discontent. In theContinue reading “Police brutality, expulsion and music – containing protest in Russia”

Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism

Crystal Mason. Source: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram In 2011, Crystal Mason, an Afro-American woman from Fort Worth, Texas, was charged and plead guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to three years in federal prison. On 8 November 2016, while still on probation, Mason went to her local polling station to vote in the ClintonContinue reading “Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism”

Legalized, Racialized Voter Supression

In the week following the United States midterm elections, there is still great uncertainty regarding some key elections in typically Republican stronghold states. In both Florida and Georgia, results are still hanging in the balance. Additionally, there is a growing concern that there has been voter suppression. We are often reminded that just because somethingContinue reading “Legalized, Racialized Voter Supression”

Imran Khan claims victory after a violent election period plagues Pakistan

Former cricketer Imran Khan appears set to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, according to the results of Wednesday’s election. The election result marks a transition of leadership from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N) of the ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Khan’s Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI), which promoted an anti-corruption agenda in itsContinue reading “Imran Khan claims victory after a violent election period plagues Pakistan”

The Silent Majority: How Disillusioned White Voters Gave the Presidency to Trump

The final nail in the coffin for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was the Rust Belt. Democratic states became Republican, and as the states were called, the reality of one of the most scandal-ridden and intense election seasons became clear: Pennsylvania for Trump, Ohio for Trump, Wisconsin for Trump, Iowa for Trump. Donald Trump, a politicalContinue reading “The Silent Majority: How Disillusioned White Voters Gave the Presidency to Trump”

The New Debate Over Voting Rights: Suppression and Fraud in Modern America

The right to vote is a fundamental cornerstone of democracy, and one that is held dear by most Americans. In recent years, however, allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression from Republicans and Democrats, respectively, have sparked debate on the current status of voting rights in the United States. Interestingly, voter fraud is broadly definedContinue reading “The New Debate Over Voting Rights: Suppression and Fraud in Modern America”