A Day in Kyrgyzstan

May 06, 2017

Off the beaten tourist path, Kyrgyzstan’s natural beauty and rich culture are worth a visit. During my summer break, I decided to visit the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. After staying three nights in Osh, the following morning I moved toward Jalalabad — the capital city of Jalalabad region...

How to Impeach a President

March 23, 2017

What should happen if the president has “rendered himself obnoxious”? That is the question Benjamin Franklin posed when the Founding Fathers were debating the intricacies of setting up a brand new government in America. Because most countries at the time did not have elected leaders and so...

Romania Has Had Enough of Corruption

February 20, 2017

Protests against abuse of power continue in Romania. Eastern Europe is no stranger to government corruption, yet Romania seems to have reached its limit. When the newly-elected government of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu tried to pass an executive order that would decriminalize official...

Trumping the Climate

January 16, 2017

What the Trump administration might mean for climate change. There are so many uncertainties and questions ahead of President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration as to what course the new administration may take. Yet none are perhaps as pressing and concerning as the fate of America’s policy...

Why Drones Delivering Packages in Cities Won’t Take Off

January 12, 2017

The practical reality of using drones in cities remains far away and is getting ever more distant. You may have gasped with disbelief the first time you saw a photograph of a drone home-delivering a box from Amazon or cakes from a bakery or carrying a bag of chips. Until recently, this was the...

Is Desalination the Answer to a Thirsty Planet?

January 10, 2017

Globally, over 300 million people rely on desalinated water for some or all of their water needs. There is perhaps no place more fitting for innovation in desalination and water treatment technology than Israel. From the modern state’s founding until today, its culture has in many ways been...

Solving Mexico’s Oil Crisis

January 06, 2017

An increase in gasoline prices is causing havoc in Mexico. Mexico starts 2017 with two trending topics: the announcement of new gasoline prices to the market, and multiple protests inspired by the adjustment period in the form of a 20% price hike. But while Mexicans are filled with outrage,...

Why Do Kids Believe in Santa Claus?

December 23, 2016

Given the lengths parents go to perpetuate the Santa myth, it would be irrational for children not to believe it. The holiday season is upon us, and so are its attendant myths, most prominent of which is the Santa Claus story. This is the time that many children are told about a man who lives...

The Myth of Renewable Energy

December 12, 2016

The way we think about saving our planet is entirely wrong. This culture will not act to stop or significantly slow global warming. This culture will sacrifice—read kill—the planet rather than question the socioeconomic system that is killing our only home. How do we know that? Well, here...

Taking on Militants: A Fight for the Soul of Pakistan

November 28, 2016

Is the Pakistani government sincere in its efforts to curb intolerance and political violence? Two high-level meetings in recent months involving senior military commanders and intelligence officials and/or top-level government representatives spotlight Pakistan’s difficulty in coming to grips...

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