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Snails in the Margins of Medieval Art

Snails in the Margins of Medieval Art

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

War Reporting and the Stories That Can’t Be Told

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

Money Can’t Buy Me Love

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

Iran’s Radical Poetry in the Making

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

Bringing Health Care to India, One Family at a Time

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

Imagining a World Where a Muslim Registry is Real

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?

Does Democracy Automatically Lead to Gender Equality?

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

Iranian President’s Personal and Political Revolutions

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

America’s Great Social Media Divide

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

Populism’s Global Media Strategy

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...

Trump’s Russian Ties Fool US Voters

Trump’s Russian Ties Fool US Voters

Neither our Constitution nor our laws can prevent a sufficiently large number of Americans from making gravely poor decisions. The past 10 days have brought to the surface a list of revelations about, and statements from, President-elect Donald Trump. These realities force Americans to inquire...

Yes We Can: Our Favorite Obama Moments

Yes We Can: Our Favorite Obama Moments

Remembering Barack Obama’s best moments. Since before he first took over the presidential office in 2009, the young senator from Chicago Barack Obama carried an air of hope and promise. “Yes we can!” became a winning slogan that sought to propel America forward into a brighter future. With...

Assimilation in America is Not Black and White

Assimilation in America is Not Black and White

The notion of “assimilation” itself may be the source of the struggle, as Americans confront the assimilation of immigrants into their communities, whether they arrive legally or illegally. After spending almost four years arriving at the conclusion that an unprincipled, ignorant,...

The World This Week: John Kerry Tells Hard Truths to Israel

The World This Week: John Kerry Tells Hard Truths to Israel

In a historic speech, John Kerry all but admits that the most right-wing government in Israeli history has buried his cherished two-state solution. Even as the world rung in the New Year, attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul left many dead. An elected representative in the United States who likes...

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