Jacob Straus

Jacob Straus is a former Associate Editor (Culture) at Fair Observer. His writing and research are focused on long-term survival and sustainability. He has contributed to Two Steps Forward, a column for the Daily Californian. Straus is a student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Comparative Literature and Environmental Geopolitics.

The Real Threat of American Extremism

Aug 13, 2015

Fundamentalist Christianity is a danger to both the global image and the future development of America. In the aftermath of the Paris attacks in January, the world stage has been rife with discussion about the dangers of Islamist extremism. That fateful word, “extremism,” has always carried a charge, but in the...

How Do You Define Extremism?

Jun 13, 2015

Extreme ideologies, the “isms” that appear as bloodstained blots on the narrative of human history, take on many shapes and colors. Background In recent years, “extremism” has become a buzzword for global media, tied to the shadowy threat of terrorism and its rapidly changing faces. But the causes and expressions of...

Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3)

Dec 20, 2014

Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling toprovide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city’s 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living in...

Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 2)

Dec 04, 2014

The state of California is “home” to around 22% of America’s homeless population. The San Francisco Bay in northern California is known as a hub for the homeless. The culture of 1960s America still lingers in the Bay Area, welcoming vagabonds and permanent homeless alike. Seven thousand of San Francisco’s 830,000...

Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 1)

Oct 19, 2014

Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling to provide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city’s 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living...

Homelessness: No Shelter From the Storm

Oct 06, 2014

Homelessness continues to plague societies the world over, with legal frameworks needed to tackle it still largely lacking. Background Homelessness is a chronic problem in the vast majority of the world’s countries. The problem is a difficult one both in its tenacity and its invisibility: The homeless are difficult to...