Posted on behalf of Nicole Naoum
There’s nothing quite like taking a leisurely stroll down a cobblestone street that predates your own country by over a thousand years only to have your eye nearly gouged out by a selfie-stick wielding tourist moments later. Venturing further into the city, the potent aroma of sea salt, marijuana, and on occasion, raw sewage, wafts through the gothic spires and narrow alleyways. With the late afternoon sky tinged with vibrant hues of purple and pink, you begin to appreciate the silence, as distant echoes of street performers and roaring motorbikes fade into the horizon.
With ISIS largely defeated, Iraq has retreated to the periphery of American attention; America and its allies abroad have left Iraq on its own after over a decade of intense involvement.This lack of engagement leaves a power vacuum open for exploitation by Iran, and yes, even a resurgent ISIS. A policy of complete disengagement is not only to the detriment of American interests, but those of its regional allies. The United States must decide whether it will stand idly by as the modest but appreciable gains made by trillions of dollars and the lives of thousands of US service members are swept away by Islamic extremism, or selectively engage in the region to counterbalance growing Iranian influence.
Following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in land. With blinding speed, Senate Democrats from across the country were quick to disavow Kavanagh, hurling the typical labels of “racist,” “sexist,” and “misogynist” at him that we’ve come to expect against anyone that the president nominates. The current levels of polarization and party politics now lead Democrats, as the Republicans before them, to yet again fail to carry out their constitutional requirements.
We are proud to announce that today, July 8th 2018, marks the official rebirth of the California Review. The California Review was established in 1982 to provide an open forum for political debate, a space for views and beliefs that otherwise would not have adequate, fair representation on college campuses. Today, 36 years after our inaugural issue, this central mission still stands at the core of our ambitions. Fair representation of arguments popular and unpopular must have a place for discussion, especially in today’s campus culture of suppression. To achieve this goal of equity, a clear distinction of biases must be made.
Ever since Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s swing voter, announced his retirement, conservatives have rightly declared filling this vacancy as the most crucial decision of Donald Trump’s presidency. With freshly appointed Justice Neil M. Gorsuch already providing the key vote in major conservative rulings upholding the Trump travel ban and against compulsory labor union dues, Republicans are keenly waiting on Trump to deliver another proven conservative to the bench—especially with the liberal Justices Ginsberg and Breyer in the swansongs of their legal careers. Now, conservatives and the president have a golden opportunity to enshrine and protect key constitutional rights for a generation.