Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

Jan 21, 2021

In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden endlessly insisted on the idea of “unity.” He repeated the word nine times. In the various media’s account of the event, commentators endlessly repeated a different word, one that Biden himself cited when he said: “This is our historic moment...

The World Must Not Forget Yemen
Jan 21, 2021

The World Must Not Forget Yemen

Do Americans Really Need a Roof Over Their Heads?
Jan 18, 2021

Do Americans Really Need a Roof Over Their Heads?

Recruiting an Army for a Civil War
Jan 13, 2021

Recruiting an Army for a Civil War

A Perspective on America’s Imperfect Democracy

A Perspective on America’s Imperfect Democracy

Jan 11, 2021

It is a well-established fact that America, as it approaches its 245th birthday, is a divided nation. Red versus blue, conservative versus liberal, right versus left, black versus white, rich versus (a growing number of) poor, urban versus rural. Further divisions may be drawn along education,...

2020 Has Shown That We Are Not “Better Than This”

2020 Has Shown That We Are Not “Better Than This”

Jan 06, 2021

I hit 75 years old a little over two weeks ago. All in all, I have been lucky throughout my life to have found much to be thankful for as each birthday rolled around on the shortest day of the year. Early on, I couldn’t understand why my birthday was shorter than everyone else’s and was a...

It’s Time to Introduce a Universal Basic Income for India’s Farmers

It's Time to Introduce a Universal Basic Income for India’s Farmers

Dec 15, 2020

In September, India passed three bills that immediately led to protests by farmers demanding to repeal the legislation. The new laws seek to remove the government’s minimum support price for produce that shielded India’s farmers from free-market forces for decades. In allowing the farmers to...

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

Dec 11, 2020

Last year, a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 around the world, more than half — 50,000 — were murdered by intimate partners or family members, mostly in their homes. According to official...

Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy

Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy

Dec 10, 2020

Nearly a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, its effects on people’s lives, countries’ economies and health care around the world are becoming clearer. In some Central and Eastern European countries, however, this pandemic has had repercussions in another crucial area: democracy....

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Dec 07, 2020

The remains of Pinar Gültekin were found in the woodlands in Turkey’s Mugla province on July 21. The 27-year-old economics student was strangled to death in a fit of rage by her ex-boyfriend, who then burned her body. One of many tragic and preventable deaths, Gültekin’s murder sparked...

Agriculture Is India’s Ray of Hope in Time of Crisis

Agriculture Is India’s Ray of Hope in Time of Crisis

Dec 03, 2020

As India completes 73 years of independence, agriculture has emerged as a mainstay of the economy. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Indian agriculture is poised to grow by an estimated 3% in 2020-21. Shaktikanta Das, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has acknowledged that agriculture...

Women Become Collateral Damage in COVID-19 Pandemic

Women Become Collateral Damage in COVID-19 Pandemic

Dec 01, 2020

Mao Zedong once stated that “Women hold up half the sky.” This has been particularly true over the past months with COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the globe. In fact, it is legitimate to claim that during the pandemic, women have held up significantly more than their share of the sky. Anyone...

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Nov 30, 2020

Cartagena’s city center is a vibrant and colorful area full of international visitors. However, the outskirts paint a different story. Here, the invasiones, the shanty towns that surround the main city, are ridden with poverty. The effects of inequality stem beyond economic concerns as...

Land Reform Can Transform India’s Economy

Land Reform Can Transform India’s Economy

Nov 24, 2020

According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, India faces a serious decline in employment due to the COVID-19 crisis. An estimated 122 million people lost their jobs during the first quarter of 2020. Streams of migrant workers returned to their villages — often the only fallback option...

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