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The Folk of Air Series: Book Review

In quarantine, I, like everyone else, found myself with a lot of time on my hands, especially over the summer. While we were at school, all we ever wanted was some free time, but once we were given unlimited amounts of it, we suddenly had no idea what to do with ourselves. I found that the novelty of quarantine quickly wore off, leaving boredom to settle in. I took to some new hobbies such as painting and collecting and pressing flowers, but I also reverted back to some of my old routines, one of them being reading. ...

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”No Justice, No Peace”: Are Police Abolitionists Losing the Public Debate?

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was asphyxiated by Derek Chauvin, then a Minneapolis police officer. As a result, protests erupted across the country, calling for an end to police brutality and causing a surge of popularity for the Black Lives Matter movement. Soon, people were shouting “ACAB [All Cops Are Bastards]” and “Defund the police!” as they called for an end to the current police system, which has been steeped in systematic racism since its origin. ...

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Nigerians Protest Police Brutality

When Nigeria created the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS, in 1984, it was supposed to solve rampant crime, robbery, and kidnapping in the West African country. But many Nigerians now believe that their country’s police force has become a vehicle for the exact violence and exploitation it was supposed to counter. On October 4th, a video was circulated online of a man killed by SARS officers without any evidence of provocation. ...

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Amy Coney Barrett’s Judicial Philosophy

Amy Coney Barrett is the Trump administration’s replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States. She has been on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017, and her time as an appellate court judge, while short in length, gives insight into her judicial philosophy. By her description, she is an originalist and a textualist. Her core convictions follow the approach of Justice Antonin Scalia: “A judge must apply the law as written. ...