Ukraine Shows the West it has yet to win the Cold War

December 3 – 2013 | One Comment

Putin and the New World Order
With the growth of China and India the world is currently undergoing an unprecedented shift in economic power from West to East. As a corollary, a similar yet less visible shift is occurring geopolitically. In the last decade this latter shift accelerated as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s autocratic President, pivoted from Western integration to Eastern expansion.
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Law Review: Lone Survivor

January 10 – 2014 |

Lone Survivor, Peter Berg’s combat saga, is the story Operation RED WINGS, one of the most famous battles of America’s longest war.  The film is partly based on a memoir by Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell, the only surviving member of a Navy SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance (R&S) team that Afghan insurgents all but wiped out in 2005.  Some viewers will struggle to watch the film, which veers between brutal authenticity and unnecessary sensationalism.  For others, the struggle will not end with one viewing because veterans, journalists, and others are still fighting over the RED WINGS story.

Luttrell’s memoir, co-written with novelist Patrick Robinson, is Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.  An immediate best-seller, the book raised eyebrows among those with knowledge of RED WINGS and its aftermath.  Several apparent errors in the narrative led critics to suggest that co-author Robinson might have played an outsized role in its drafting, or that Luttrell was not familiar with aspects of the larger operation.  Many of Lone Survivor’s apparent errors, since corrected, would probably only interest veterans and military scholars. Read the full story »

China’s Censors Hit Foreign Media

October 25 – 2013 |

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported on the newest study published by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), which examines the far-reaching scope of the Chinese government’s impact on foreign-based media over the last five years. Authored by Freedom House senior research analyst Sarah Cook, The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship: How the Communist Party’s Media Restrictions Affect News Outlets Around …

Law Review: Carrie

October 25 – 2013 |

Moviegoers need not go far to find on-screen cruelty.  Monstrous villains are common enough in modern cinema.  From gangsters to pirates, and enhanced interrogators to amateur torturers, the characters in recent films provide more than their fair share of interpersonal violence.  Every once in a while, though, a movie reminds us that few monsters can be as vicious as a …

Law Review: Gravity

October 10 – 2013 |

In space, no one can hear you claim negligent homicide.
Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is the story of an extra-vehicular activity (or EVA) by a NASA space shuttle crew.  It’s the sort of astounding feat of human ingenuity that the public came to regard as routine by the 1990s.  In our universe, NASA can pride itself on never losing an astronaut during …

Fordham LSRJ Founds a Clinic Escorting Program

October 1 – 2013 |

The Fordham chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is implementing a clinic escorting program at Fordham in connection with Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens. Choices provides affordable medical services to women seeking cancer screenings, birth control, pap smears, breast exams, prenatal and postnatal care, and New York State Emergency Medicaid services for same-day abortions.
Clinic escorting involves …

SBA Welcomes New Senators

September 24 – 2013 | One Comment

On September 23, just after 11pm, the Student Bar Association executive board announced the new student representatives selected students to fill five senator positions. While applications for the senator positions were opened to the full student body this year, the selection of senators has in the past been an opaque process performed largely outside of both the SBA bylaws and …

Law Review: Prisoners

September 24 – 2013 |

Prisoners is a wrenching film.  It is also a very good film, and would be a great one if the filmmakers had shown as much empathy for their audience as they did for all of their characters.  It is the story of two families whose daughters vanish, and the escalating sins the frantic parents commit in their attempts to find …

New SBA Email Policy Adds to IT Changes

September 24 – 2013 |

On Monday, September 23, the SBA sent an email to all Fordham Law student leaders announcing upcoming changes to the official SBA email policy.
Beginning in October, the SBA will no longer send out individual emails for student organizations. Instead, it will compile a “digest” email to send to students twice a week.
SBA President Amanda Yu said the SBA is open …

Fordham Strengthens Student Insurance with an Opt-Out Strategy

September 17 – 2013 |

At the beginning of the semester, Student Health Services sent a series of emails with the subject: “ACT NOW – Fordham University Insurance Requirements.”  The emails were the Fordham Administration’s attempt to inform students about the September 10th opt-out deadline for the University’s new student health insurance policy; one that is partially the product of a student movement that spanned …

Please Donate Blood, Because Not Everyone Can

September 17 – 2013 |

This summer, the Red Cross had to once again sound the alarm, issuing an emergency call for blood donors to help alleviate a nation-wide shortage in blood products.  While Americans across the country responded to the Red Cross’ appeal, one group did not.  Correction, could not.
Under current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy, gay men in the United States are …

Law Review: The Newsroom, Season 2

September 17 – 2013 |

Welcome back, Law Review fans.  In this school year’s first installment, we take a look back at Season Two of The Newsroom, HBO’s dramatic series about the cable news business.
Season Two began with reason for cautious optimism, because the show scrapped its old opening credits sequence.  The first season had kicked off each episode with an homage to Twentieth Century television news, which only highlighted The Newsroom’s blindness …