Current Events

Sterilization in California Prisons

Here’s what usually happens when a woman decides to undergo permanent sterilization, a procedure that is technically known as tubal ligation and more commonly known as getting one’s tubes tied: She will visit her doctor and seek his or her medical opinion. The doctor will either arrange to perform the procedure himself (or herself) or refer the patient to a specialist who will.




Does Iran have a Nuclear Weapon?

“I have been crystal clear about my position on Iran possessing a nuclear weapon,” President Barack Obama told Israel’s Channel 2 News on Mar. 14, threatening military action should Iran develop a nuclear weapon.


Is Egypt’s President Any Better than a Dictator?

Though Morsi’s election is the direct result of Egyptians’ demands for a freer, more democratic government, his recent attempts to consolidate power have demonstrated alarming similarities to those of Mubarak’s regime, albeit with religious rather than secular motivations.


Prop. 14 Curtails Bipartisan Competition

Imagine holding a ballot listing the names of California’s prospective senators. Beneath both names you see the same sentence: “My party preference is the Democratic Party.” Thanks to Proposition 14, passed in 2010, ballots where both candidates belong to the same political party will soon become a reality, eliminating, at least in certain elections, the bipartisan competition that is an important part of American politics.