Ryan J. Farrick

Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.

Chicago Aviation Officials Fire Officers Over Role in United Airlines Scandal

Months after the United Airlines scandal went viral, Chicago aviation officials have fired two officers and suspended another two over the forcible removal of a passenger from a supposedly overbooked flight. On April 9th, Kentucky-based doctor David Dao was dragged out of a purportedly overbooked flight at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Dao refused to give

Trump Administration Stops Underage, Undocumented Immigrants from Getting Abortions

The Trump administration has taken steps to prevent underage, undocumented immigrants from getting abortions. Politico.com reports that Washington recently worked to stop a teenage girl detained at a Brownsville, TX, refugee shelter from obtaining an abortion. Immigration advocates say the girl wasn’t the first to be denied the service since President Trump assumed office. Since

Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Turn Over DACA Documents

A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to turn over all legal documents related to its decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The order, according to Politico.com, was delivered by U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco. Alsup’s decision seems to have been spurred forth by the

Maryland Judge Clashes with Trump Administration, Critics Over Latest Travel Ban

A federal judge in Maryland heard arguments against the third and latest rendition of Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. The controversial executive order marks a slight divergence from its predecessors. While the first two actions targeted only migration from a handful of Muslim-majority countries, the last introduced restrictions on Venezuela and North Korea. Sudan was

Rank-and-File Republicans Cynical About Opportunities to Repeal Obamacare

Ordinary Republicans are finally beginning to admit they may have permanently lost their chance to repeal Obamacare. Despite promises from prominent lawmakers to try again in 2018, a number of conservative legislators have, for the first time, come public with their doubts. “Personally, I don’t see it,” said Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), as quoted by

Hurricanes Prompts Concern Over National Flood Insurance Program

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains could lead to an overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program. The Texas Tribune wrote in a recent article that there’s “never been a greater need for the program,” citing recent disasters brought on by tropical storms and hurricanes. Widespread flooding has caused billions of dollars in

For-Profit Secondary Schools Offering Money, Pizza for Student Referrals

An early October investigation by ProPublica shows how for-profit secondary schools incentivize their students to refer their friends for enrollment. ProPublica reporter Heather Vogell opened an article on the subject with the story of 17-year old Lyla Elkins, who’d transferred to the private North Nicholas High School in Cape Coral, FL, in 2016. Elkins had

Christian Alcoholics & Addicts Rehab Program Accused of Stealing Workers’ Comp

An Oklahoma-based drug rehabilitation program called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery has been accused of stealing its participants workers’ compensation claims. A former participant in the program, Fred Barbee, had his story published early in the week. Barbee was sent by a ‘drug court judge’ in Tulsa, OK, to a rehabilitation program – Christian