Elton Smole

Elton Smole is a junior at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, studying philosophy and public affairs. Born and raised in Washington, DC, he has a passion for journalism, foreign languages, politics and photography.

Albania’s Ancient Blood Feuds Trap Entire Generations

Jul 17, 2020

Basmir Gjeloshaj, a young man from the north of Albania, has been confined to his home for most of his life, as described by Vincenzo Mattei for Al Jazeera. Walking outside could be deadly, not because of the novel coronavirus, but because his father’s murder has pulled him into a...

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Jan 30, 2020

In Havana, Cuba, the effects of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration have seeped their way into daily life: the long lines of cars outside gas stations, the dwindling stock on store shelves, the increasingly common apagones, or power outages. In early September 2019, Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel appeared on...