Student Visa Debacle: All One Needs to Know About Trump’s Presidency

July 16, 2020

Let’s assume you had decided that American politics in the age of Donald Trump was simply too much, a risk of non-stop heartburn, high blood pressure and elevated angst. So, you checked out, perhaps burying yourself in literature or art, binging on TV or simply retreating somewhere off the grid....

It’s Time to Start Treating Family Separation as a Global Catastrophe

May 15, 2019

While the US continues to uphold many of the world’s standards in democratic leadership, in the area of family separation it has too much in common with some of the most brutal regimes. The US secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned her post in April this year under a cloud...

Do You Know What It’s Like to Be an Immigrant in America?

November 21, 2018

Overnight, many of my friends have become great experts on the culture of my home country — a place they have never visited. When I was 5 years old, my Soviet teacher announced that America wanted to nuke us for our freedom, and that a missile could hit any moment. That day, I couldn’t focus...

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump

November 01, 2018

The demonization of Muslims may be less a cudgel to wield against the small Muslim-American community than against Democratic opponents who can be lambasted as “soft on terrorism.” These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually...

Wake Up, Folks: This Is America

June 26, 2018

Americans can no longer fool anyone about who they really are as a nation. It is hard to watch a president of the United States butcher his native language whenever he opens his mouth. Even when trying to articulate a simplistic vision for America and an avenue to get there, little beyond the...