Puerto Rican activist Oscar López Rivera, who was convicted by the US government of "seditious conspiracy" in 1981, is now one of the longest-held political prisoners in the world. President Obama has the opportunity to pardon López Rivera, 72, a move that could have political implications on the 2016 presidential election.
Many immigrants travel to the United States escaping horrific hardships and violence. They reach the US-Mexico border with the hopes of receiving asylum to protect them from the horrors in their home countries, but they are often met with insurmountable legal obstacles. Despite so many obstacles, migrants continue to travel to the US in search of refuge.
"What are the origins of this sometimes ferocious desire to render [Omar Khadr] expendable and unworthy?" asks McMaster University Professor David L. Clark. "Universities are perhaps the best place in the world to ask and answer such questions, helping others understand why being schooled into aggression towards others withers the democracy that we claim to inhabit and cherish."