Author: Sam Leanza

Students at Notre Dame Walk Out on Pence

The University of Notre Dame, a prominent Catholic university in Indiana, invited a Catholic Indianan to speak at this year’s commencement story. Shocker, right? Well, it shouldn’t be, but students were outraged to hear that Vice President Mike Pence would be speaking. In response, roughly 100 students quietly walked out of the ceremony during his speech. Like everything else these days, commencement speeches are highly political. One’s choice of commencement speaker sends a message about the university’s character and values. Unfortunately, academia-at-large is antagonistic toward anything remotely conservative these days. Thus, conservative voices, such as Vice President Mike Pence’s, are...

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Syrian Crisis Grows Darker

It’s becoming clear that the Syrian crisis is one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies of our time. However, two recent news items stand out as clear demonstrations of just how dark the conflict has become. Mass Murders in Syria Yesterday, the State Department reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses crematoria to hide mass murders. Acting Assistant Secretary of State to the Middle East Stuart Jones told reporters the crematorium lies outside Sednaya military prison. Located just outside Damascus, this prison is notoriously harsh. Officials there execute an estimated 50 prisoners, usually by mass hanging, every day. Amnesty International believes that...

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France Elects Macron

This past weekend, France held its runoff elections to choose from the unlikeliest of candidates as the next French president. In the race between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, French voters chose Macron, who persuaded France that his centrist reforms would serve the nation better than Le Pen’s nationalist agenda. At the age of 39, he is the youngest man ever elected to the post. While the first round of voting was extremely close between the top two candidates, the second round was a landslide. Macron earned over 60% of the vote. Le Pen conceded immediately after the polls...

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Trump Invites Controversial Philippine President to White House

This weekend marked President Trump’s hundredth day in office. We can say with confidence that, on the whole, this hasn’t been the absolute worst. In fact, I think President Trump has done a decent job thus far. Unfortunately, for every good thing President Trump does (i.e. Gorsuch nomination), we can find something that troubles us. This week, we ought to be troubled by President Trump’s invitation of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Once our close ally in Southeast Asia, the Philippines slowly began to drift away from American interests upon Duterte taking office. This began in...

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France Rejects the Mainstream

France voted this week to reject their mainstream parties in favor of outside candidates. Sound familiar? This is only the latest case of the anti-establishment fever that had previously spread from the United Kingdom to the United States. Now, that fever has traveled back to the European continent. The only candidates remaining in France’s election are far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, a centrist. Macron favors a lower corporate tax rate, while bolstering ties to the Eurozone and investing in renewable energy. Election experts favor Macron for the moment, as he earned the endorsements of current French...

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