This photo illustration created on May 20, 2016 in Lille shows the flags of the European Union and the United Kingdom. 
On June 23, 2016 Great Britain will hold a referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom will remain within the European Union, often referred to as "Brexit."   / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

How Different are Americans and Europeans, actually?

If someone asked you how Americans and Europeans were different, would you be able to answer them succinctly? Sure, it seems like there are a lot of similarities like our democratic foundations, an alliance that has lasted for more than fifty years, and some of the highest living standards worldwide. What about some of the other issues though, like individualism, the role of government, free expression, religion, and morality? How do we differ with Europe when it comes to principles like those?

Update: as girls remain missing, Nigerian government defends actions

Nigerian officials defended its response to the kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terror group despite details of a second mass abduction emerging. President Goodluck Jonathan has been under fire over accusations the government initially ignored the abduction of the girls.

The Nigerian schoolgirls have been the focal point of a massive international social media campaign, #bringbackourgirls created to demand their safe return. 

Family of unarmed woman shot on Capitol sues U.S.


The family of a 34-year-old unarmed woman shot to death by federal agents near the Capitol in October will file a $75 million lawsuit against the U.S. government.

The claim is against the U.S., the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Capitol Police for “numerous intentional, grossly negligent and reckless actions of police officers, supervisors, managers and other related employees.” 

Radio interview: Who is really affected by the government shutdown?


Last week, BYP Web Coordinator Shantell Jamison appeared on Chicago Public Media’s Vocalo 90.7FM to talk about the affects of the government shutdown. There are a lot of media outlets that continue to show us exactly why we should care about the government shutdown, but many aren’t doing the best job. If you’re not a government employee, or a lover of the Washington Monument, then it’s understandable how you can acknowledge the fact that the shutdown is happening, but not educate yourself past the fact that 800,000 employees are on furlough.