Snails in the Margins of Medieval Art

March 31, 2017

Do sketches in the margins of medieval art show the early use of memes? Hidden within the margins of medieval art resides a rather unexpected theme: knights vs. snails. Arthurian romances were illuminated with illustrations in the borders that involved colorful drawings and interesting...

War Reporting and the Stories That Can’t Be Told

March 02, 2017

War reporting is part of something that can act as an antidote to war—good diplomacy, armed with good facts. Wars have been reported since antiquity. However, they have been reported by participants who, like Thucydides and Xenophon in the Peloponnesian War in the 400s BC, added strategic...

Money Can’t Buy Me Love

February 14, 2017

What Valentine’s Day means for retailers. Love is big business. In the United Kingdom alone last year, total retail spending on Valentine’s Day was estimated at £980m on cards, gifts, flowers, food and drink. We’ve come a long way from Lupercalia, the fertility festival of ancient Rome...

Iran’s Radical Poetry in the Making

February 07, 2017

A radical poetry movement in Iran breaks rules and challenges censorship. For several years before my immigration to the Czech Republic, I had experienced something like living in Prague. The experience was extremely similar to Milan Kundera’s and Klima’s description of the city because our...

Bringing Health Care to India, One Family at a Time

January 25, 2017

An independent project is finding individual solutions to improve the lives of patients in rural India. Many people are aware of the rise of diabetes globally, as well as its increasing burden in terms of health complications and fatalities in South Asian countries. Hence, public health...

Imagining a World Where a Muslim Registry is Real

January 24, 2017

This is what happens if the Trump administration follows up on its Muslim registry proposal. During his campaign, President Donald Trump assumed an aggressive stance toward Islamic terrorism and Muslims in general as a cornerstone of his security policy. Starting with his plan to “bomb the...

Does Democracy Automatically Lead to Gender Equality?

January 24, 2017

Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report published in October 2016 by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide—64% of seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied...

Iranian President’s Personal and Political Revolutions

January 21, 2017

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's political transformation took him from being one of the founding members of the Islamic Republic to one of its biggest critics. The late Iranian politician and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had accrued many nicknames throughout his career. Most notably he was...

America’s Great Social Media Divide

January 20, 2017

Evading discussion with our neighbors while taking refuge in our echo chambers contributes to the problems facing America. Recently, the prevalence of divisive rhetoric and the polarizing effects of online platforms have spurred calls for greater empathy in political discourse. Some people have...

Populism’s Global Media Strategy

January 19, 2017

The relationship between the mainstream media and populism is more symbiotic than you think. Brexit in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States have marked the beginning of what some analysts call the rise of the global populist wave. Although there is no consensus...

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