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.


Court Refuses to Revive Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

A federal appeals court rejected a plea to revive a defamation lawsuit against disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby. The claim dates back to an incident which purportedly took place in 1974. An actress says that Cosby raped her, and later went public with the accusation. After she published an account of her ordeal in a newspaper


Black Contractors Sue Tesla Over Racial Discrimination Claims

Three former contractors in the employ of Tesla filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging racial discrimination and harassment. The Los Angeles Times reports that the plaintiffs – Demetric Diaz, his father, Owen Diaz, and Lamar Peterson – say they were the target of “racially motivated abuse, including the frequent use of racial slurs” while



Trump Administration Appeals Reproductive Rights Decision for Undocumented Teen

An undocumented teenager’s fight for reproductive rights is seeing a new challenge in the form of the Trump administration. The contentious case came into the national spotlight on Monday, and has only escalated since. Late Wednesday evening, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled that the government had to permit a 17-year old illegal immigrant to


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