Kesha: A Bridge to Truth

*Trigger Warning: descriptions of sexual abuse On Friday, February 19th, a New York judge denied pop singer Kesha’s injunction against former music producer Dr. Luke. Part of an ongoing legal battle since October 2014, Kesha is suing Lukasz Gottwald, known as “Dr. Luke,” for a decade of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse, which allegedly began…

Planned Parenthood Wins Battle Against Anti-Abortion Activists

Update: As of Monday, January 26th, a grand jury has indicted David Daleidan and Sandra S. Merritt, an employee of the Center for Medical Progress, as well as cleared Planned Parenthood of all wrongdoing. For two months, jurors had been examining video footage from the Center for Medical Progress, claiming that Planned Parenthood were making a profit off…

Why I Didn’t Turn My Facebook Profile French

The scenes I saw online covering the attacks in Paris reminded me of the faces I saw in Boston. I arrived the night the two brothers were identified on Twitter; when the manhunt for the marathon bombers officially kicked off. I left Harvard’s Chemistry Building a minute after Harvard went on official lockdown. I strolled…

Saudi Arabia’s Suffragettes

  This year, Saudi Arabian women achieved a significant milestone: for the first time in history, women were allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia’s elections on Saturday, December 12th. Over 900 women ran for seats and were up against almost 6,000 men, all competing for places on the 284 councils that control local affairs. These include…

Solitary Confinement: Not Just a Black Man’s Problem

In a special report released on April 22, 2015, Juan E. Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, found that prolonged solitary confinement (in excess of 15 days) is torture. This torture happens EVERY DAY in the United States. And in the state of New…

Texas’ Health Care War Against Planned Parenthood

On Monday October 19th, Texas’s Health and and Human Services Commission announced that it would end its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, in response to the undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group several months ago. In a letter to the reproductive health care provider, the state accused the group of violating terms in the Medicaid…