US and Europe: A relationship in peril?

A lack of other options will guarantee the survival of the transatlantic relationship The European-American relationship has seen better days. Over the last weeks, the war of words between Europe and the US has escalated. This raises the question where…

Long Odds: How Ocasio-Cortez Won the NY-14 Primary

“Even at long odds, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.” –Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez It is often said that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Whether you dream of the bright Broadway lights, the booming…

Trump’s Terrifying Twitter Taunts

Some people hate twitter. Some people use it nearly every day. American President Donald Trump, who is inarguably an avid twitter user, uses this platform more than any other national leader in history. He uses it to announce government policy,…

The Truth Behind Globalism and Why Americans Fear It

America is a wonderful country, built on the idea of individual freedom and a collective spirit of achievement. But sometimes it just sucks. We love our country — it’s the best country in the world — but the idea of…

Why America Fails to Effectively Treat Its Addiction Problem

Addiction has become one of America’s most costly, and most neglected diseases. In a recent Columbia University study, researchers found that over “40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol, or other…

IFLRY Delegation at COP22 in Marrakech – Dorien Lugt and Jonas Hall-Andersen

Dorien Lugt (Netherlands) and Jonas Hall-Andersen (Denmark) were on IFLRY’s delegation to the UN Climate Change conference (COP22) in Marrakech this year. What follows is a report on their overall experiences. It is easy to get lost in the small…

The Impact of Baby Boomers on America’s Impending Healthcare Crisis

In 2011, the first wave of an estimated 78 million baby boomers hit the retirement age of 65, meaning that many Americans can now expect to live nearly twice as long as their early 19th century counterparts. While life expectancies…

Why Your Neighbor Stabbed Someone And You’re Dying Early – Mary Grace

High rates of income inequality in a society has serious, lasting effects of quality of life. It increases violent crime, makes people less healthy, and lowers the average lifespan. It has lasting, traceable effects in first world countries (even slowing down…

American Prisons and the Mental Healthcare Crisis – Danika Kimball

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 (colloquially referred to as Obamacare) made mental and behavioral health treatment one of ten essential benefits required in new insurance policies sold on the federal health exchange. Despite this expanded coverage,…