Ashlee Pitts

Trumps’ Populist Message Paves the Way for A New Kind of Political Correctness

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By Ashlee Pitts

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The antipathy for political correctness and the hunger for something new, even irrational or unpredictable, seemed to be the driving force behind the appeal of the new president-elect of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. His policy proposals regarding issues ranging from criminal justice reform, trade, climate change, reproductive rights and combating global terrorism changed about as often as his one-on-one feuds with other politicians, celebrities, foreign leaders, journalists and even Pope Francis. Despite his lengthy list of scandals and the unprecedented amount of negative international news coverage, it appears that Trump’s rather unconventional populist message was in fact the winning strategy to secure the White House.
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A wealth of terror

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This article was published in the printed version of the GIMUN Chronicles, the newspaper of GIMUN’s Annual Conference 2016, last March. We thought we’d give our readers a chance to rediscover it!

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By Ashlee Pitts

To what do the most powerful terror networks in the world owe their success? Every faction, group or organization has their mission statement and charismatic leaders at the top who are meant to embody and promote the organization’s purpose and encourage lower ranking soldiers and supporters to continue working for the cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Warfare on the Dark Web

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By Ashlee Pitts

A 21st Century Phenomenon

Social media is arguably the most useful tool we have at our disposal to bring communities together and unite as one interconnected and multidimensional society. We use it to send invitations for leisurely social events and spread awareness to various causes. We also use it as a way to turn awareness into action by building a coalition for a rally or demonstration. The web delivers a freefall of unlimited global information and intelligence, thus creating an illusion of a world where borders and distances among nations are inconsequential. Read the rest of this entry »

The Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit to Bear Arms

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Families Of Gun Violence Join CT Congressional Reps To Call For Gun Background Checks

By Ashlee Pitts

Is it possible to become numb to violence and tragedy? For many Americans, reading or hearing about yet another mass shooting in the United States is a recurring experience.  The use of lethal force by police officers, casualties in gang related turf-wars, school shootings, “lone wolf” terrorist attacks and random assaults on soft targets seem to dominate the US news media cycle with one event happening shortly after another and thereon. While death is actually a normal part of life it seems as though it is everywhere we look and turn; in our newspapers, films, television and in the eyes of those struck by senseless violence and tragedy. Read the rest of this entry »

“The Puzzle of Terrorism: Which Groups Attack Civilians, When & Why?”

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In light of recent events, GIMUN’s blog has decided to publish a special series on the theme of terrorism. This week, Ashlee Pitts presents us with a review of a lecture given by Max Abrahms, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University, on September 30, 2015.

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On September 30, 2015, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University, Max Abrahms, started off the semester-long 2015 NU@Noon series by presenting his views on the effectiveness of civilian targeted attacks carried out by terrorist organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

Do We Have a Deal? The US-Iran Nuclear Agreement

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By Ashlee Pitts

As President Barack Obama approaches the final stretch of his second term in office he continues to make bold and in many cases controversial moves in order to push America forward, fulfill his political agenda and put his successor in the best position possible. In addition to being the Black president of the United States of America, his legacy will be associated with restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba after a fifty-five year conflict, implementing the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), initiating his Clean Power Plan, Osama Bin Laden’s assassination, nationwide economic prosperity and a low unemployment rate now in the mid-single digits. One significant and triumphant diplomatic event that would add to Obama’s list of Presidential achievements would be the passing of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The fate of the deal is still unclear.

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298: One Year after the Downing of MH17

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by Ashlee Pitts

Amsterdam Airport: Flight MH17 Memorial. Photo by Roman Boed/ Flickr.
Amsterdam Airport: Flight MH17 Memorial. Photo by Roman Boed/ Flickr.

Every day tens of thousands of planes take flight worldwide. Families pack their bags for vacations, professionals enjoy much-needed time-off, students return home from college and many are looking for just a quick weekend getaway. Countless airports are filled with heart-felt “hellos” and tearful “goodbyes”. On 17 July 2014, a Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines was violently struck and disintegrated into flames as 298 innocent civilians fell over 30,000 feet and lay scattered around a warzone. What should have been a smooth-sailing thirteen-hour flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia resulted in an international crime scene.

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