Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul

A Chicago native, Jeff has been to every US state except Hawaii. After graduating from McGill University in 2011, he worked as a dishwasher and bookstore clerk before going on to serve as editorial assistant for the Hyde Park Herald, the main local paper covering President Obama's neighborhood, where Jeff also lives. Fluent in Turkish, Jeff has written for the Washington Times, the Chicago Weekly and the McGill Daily, his alma mater's weekly student newspaper. His work can be seen at He can be contacted at or at his YouTube channel, on which he posts videos from time to time:

Oct. 22, 2013

On Gay Marriage, Chris Christie is Doing What's Convenient — Just Like Obama

How sincere is America's shift toward accepting marriage equality?

July 6, 2013

Celebrate Your July 4 Hangover — It Means You Actually Have An Independence Day

Count your lucky 50 stars that you live in a place with a long tradition of democratic discourse and governance.
June 11, 2013

Edward Snowden: Why His Interview Strikes a Nerve With Americans

It is up to us to decide whether we value our security over our freedom or, like Snowden, “don’t want to live a society that does these sorts of things.”
April 11, 2013

An Open Letter to Jay-Z

I read the lyrics to your "Open Letter" earlier today. However, I think it could stand to improve — a lot. Why don't you work on a second draft?
April 10, 2013

Julian Castro Will Not Run For President in 2016: Exclusive Interview

At the ribbon cutting for David Axelrod's new Institute of Politics, I had a brief chance to talk politics with the strategist and rising Democratic star Julian Castro.
Feb. 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton 2016 Vs. Joe Biden 2016: Who'd Win?

Democrats looking to retain power in 2016 may do well to consider a Biden run now. He's the best candidate out of the top prospects.

Jan. 22, 2013

Lupe Fiasco's Inauguration Protest Was Totally Necessary, and Totally Art

Lupe Fiasco was kicked off stage at an inaugural event after performing his song 'Words I Never Said.' His anti-Obama protest has been vilified, but this is exactly what Fiasco needed to do.
Jan. 16, 2013

Sandy Hook Has Been Sensationalized Beyond Recognition By the Media

What united us in horror soon tore at us politically, and the news media was more than happy to fan the flames.
Oct. 11, 2012

Pussy Riot Ruling is a Big Joke, Just Like Putin Is

Make no mistake: Wednesday's ruling was not victory for free speech. It was a win for a solitary member of Pussy Riot, as well as Putin’s laughable brand of “morality.”
Aug. 31, 2012

Mitt Romney RNC 2012 Speech: Why His Obama Attacks May Not Stick

Romney sought to capitalize on voter disappointment with Barack Obama, but his critiques may have been better suited for a different audience.
Aug. 21, 2012

Todd Akin is Really Not That Big of a Deal, But He Just Ruined Election 2012 For All of Us

That Akin’s remarks are a possible liability for Romney in the upcoming election brings to light an unfortunate reality: local gaffes can carry national repercussions, detracting from policy.

Aug. 17, 2012

Pussy Riot May Be Russian Guitar Heroes

Unless Pussy Riot was incredibly naïve – and it’s difficult to believe that they were – the band has knowingly energized the movement against Russian anti-free speech measures.
Aug. 17, 2012

Obesity Crisis: What is the Fattest State in America

The CDC's Tuesday report on obesity begs the question: If obesity is so costly, then why are we still so heavy?
Aug. 3, 2012

Romney Israel Palestine Trip Raises 1 Million Dollars, But Offends An Entire People

Romney's Jerusalem comments on wealth and culture were not just tactless: they showed a bad sense of diplomacy.
June 1, 2012

Why Bloomberg’s New York City Soda Ban is No Big Deal

In the midst of hysteria surrounding Bloomberg's "soda ban," it’s worth noting that if it passes, as is likely, the law will actually change very little.
May 15, 2012

Gay Marriage Endorsement By Obama Reminiscent of LBJ Civil Rights Victories

Though history is being made as Obama goes public in his support for gay marriage, it is in some ways repeating itself.