Veena Trehan

Veena Trehan writes on policy and the responsibilities of politicians and institutions. She has written for Reuters, Bloomberg News and NPR. Trehan is an active citizen with a passion for issues such as education reform, social mobility and women's rights. Before her career in journalism, she worked in government consulting and information technology. Trehan studied Electrical Engineering at MIT and did a Master’s in Journalism on a Reuters Fellowship.

#MeToo: Breaking the Silence

Dec 15, 2017

Society must listen to women. The fight for their rights and equality must be all of ours. “I believe you. What you have to say is important. We’ll find justice.” For too long, American women have failed to hear these three simple phrases. Our democracy has been proud to tout...

Hurricane Harvey Must Prompt Clarity, Anger and Action

Aug 31, 2017

Only about half of Americans believe human activity causes climate change, and their lack of knowledge contributes to a situation where the historically largest carbon emitter fails to show climate leadership.  Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast, delivering 40 to 60 inches of rain in some parts, even before...

This is How the Anti-Trump Was Destroyed

Oct 28, 2016

It is a mistake to ignore the US primary elections, where Bernie Sanders was crushed by so-called democratic institutions. For all the hand-wringing over the US presidential candidates, for all the from whence rose the “Trump Monster,” for all the reminiscing for the Democratic primary’s more-substance filled days, insight is...

Foreign Policy Narratives of The New York Times

Sep 12, 2016

The New York Times has constructed foreign policy narratives that have downplayed the suffering of people abroad, the role of America and multinational corporations, and the highly oppressive practices of US allies. The New York Times has done some great reporting, much with foreign policy implications in an increasingly linked world....

Democrats in Philly Fail to Confront Corporate Power

Aug 12, 2016

The Democratic Party must look inward at itself and America to fix broken institutions. Philadelphia was feisty from attitude in the street to battles in the convention arena. Yet while official events highlighted diversity and the 2016 platform planks long championed by Bernie Sanders, the rhetoric against corporate power—in the...

A Presidential Candidate Exploits America’s Democratic Institutions

Jun 07, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has exploited and negated the structures of American democracy. Given a record hostile to traditional Democratic Party values, Hillary Clinton has run a dirty presidential campaign. It is now escalating as she and supporters manipulate key democratic (and Democratic Party) institutions. The media—who have given millions...

Superdelegates Should Support Bernie

May 23, 2016

It would be a mistake to assume while a battle is being waged for the Republican Party, that there is not a fierce fight for the soul of the Democrats. Just like in 2008, it’s coming down to the superdelegates. Barack Obama’s win was secured when two-thirds of the superdelegates decided that...

Assassination of Activist Puts Spotlight on Honduras

Mar 19, 2016

The brutality inflicted on Berta Cáceres has become shockingly common in Honduras. Four days before International Women’s Day, the world lost a feminist icon. Berta Cáceres, a powerful organizer for indigenous rights and democracy, was assassinated on March 3 in Honduras. Fellow activist Nelson García was murdered on March 15 after...

US Trade Policy Clouds Climate Prospects

Mar 01, 2016

Obama’s legacy will be scarred if he deviates from focusing on addressing climate change. In August 2015, US President Barack Obama made a memorable trip to the Arctic just months after approving Shell’s drilling off the coast of Alaska. At the time, he said: “Climate change is no longer some...

Hillary, It’s Not Us, It’s You

Feb 10, 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate sidesteps a broader conversation about feminism and identity. Hillary Clinton and her high profile supporters have a new strategy. To women who don’t favor her, the message is: It’s not me, it’s you. It has all the promise of that breakup line aimed at winning someone...

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