Daniel Newcomer

Daniel Newcomer is a hapless wanderer, and has been since graduating from the UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree. When not writing, Daniel enjoys photography and interviewing strangers. Check out more of his work at danieljnewcomer.com.

What The Abercrombie & Fitch Ruling Means For American Muslims

ByDaniel Newcomer
In the summer of 2013 in Hammamet, Tunisia, my friend Adnen and I were transporting smuggled perfumes and lotions to a female contact at a cafe. This young woman, with beautiful eyes framed by her bright red hijab, would then sell the items to rich…

Why People Seem Most Upset By ISIS' Destruction Of Ancient Ruins

ByDaniel Newcomer
Palmyra. Even the sound of this oasis in the Syrian Desert carries a freshness, and as early as the second millennium BC, Palmyra has served as a caravan stop for travelers crossing the arid terrain. When the Roman Empire conquered the area in the…

The Vatican Recognizes Palestine, But What Does This Mean for Israel?

ByDaniel Newcomer
Pope Francis and the Vatican hold sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world, from the 483 million estimated in South America to the 277 million in Europe and 85 million in North America. Although the recently released Religious Landscape…

The Complicated Evolution Of Free Speech And How It Protects Hate

ByDaniel Newcomer
In 1919, Charles T. Schenck of the Socialist Party of America was convicted of violating the Espionage Act for distributing thousands of flyers to American servicemen drafted to fight in World War I. He appealed saying the Espionage Act violated his…

While Society Argues Over Rape Culture, Who Is Helping The Victims?

ByDaniel Newcomer
Managing Editor Will Dana's letter, written as a preface to the much-anticipated Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism report on the failures of Rolling Stone's UVA rape story, held harrowing undertones extending beyond the failures of…

What Climate Change Flip-Flopper Marco Rubio Can Do For You as President

ByDaniel Newcomer
On April 13, Florida's Junior Republican Senator Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidency. Speaking from his hometown of Miami, Rubio said, I live in an exceptional country where the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same…

How Apathy Toward Politics Has Made Us The United States Of Ignorance

ByDaniel Newcomer
It was a chilly, pre-dawn Monday in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. Amongst its dark shadows and the eerily silent playgrounds, a troupe of three guerrilla artists and several other unknown faces installed a realistic bust of NSA whistleblower Edward…

The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn't Perfect But It's A Lot Better Than War

ByDaniel Newcomer
The dropping of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki forever transformed the globe's political, social and economic landscape. The atomic bomb is not a relic of the Cold War. Humanity cannot undo its knowledge of building nuclear…

Why Indiana Reminds Us We Need To Do More To Protect LGBT Rights

ByDaniel Newcomer
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy once stated: We are confronted primarily with a moral issue… whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be…

The Price Of A Story: The Dangerous Face Of Modern Journalism

ByDaniel Newcomer
Every morning, I spend at least 30 minutes browsing through Flipboard on my iPad, and between sips of espresso, I’ll often read an article entitled something along the lines of “Scientists Provide 7 Techniques to Be More Mindful.” After this piece,…

How Frats Are Keeping Victim-Blaming And Rape Culture Alive And Well

ByDaniel Newcomer
National fraternity organizations and universities across the United States have held the media spotlight for repeated allegations regarding an ongoing sexual assault epidemic, one that President Obama called an “affront on our basic decency and…