Feb. 3, 2017
How the immigration ban will worsen unity
On January 27, President Donald Trump issued executive order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” a severe directive that restricts migration from seven Muslim-majority countries concerning “extreme vetting.”
Nov. 11, 2016
Becoming desensitized to violence
You hear about it in the news, read about it online, or in the case of Drexel University students, you get an alert text notifying you, but do you actually pay attention? There have been thousands of assaults and and robberies reported within the past year — just in Philadelphia. Statistics of crime rates throughout America are even more disturbing. I would like to think that the idea of an unprecedented amount of crime would be shocking, at the least. However, it has come to a point where it is not to many people. That is the first sign of desensitivity.
Oct. 28, 2016
What should we do about Rodrigo Duterte?
The biggest of the many foreign policy problems that Barack Obama is about to bequeath his successor is not the wars now raging in Syria and (again) in Iraq, or the slow-motion collapse of the European Union, but the threat to Asian stability posed by the rise of a Super-Trump dictator in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.
Oct. 28, 2016
Unifying America during 2016 election
Everyone’s anxious about the presidential election just around the corner., we think we can all finally acknowledge the elephant in the room (or donkey, whichever you prefer): that this election contains a great deal of anxiety.
Oct. 14, 2016
One race is not to blame
It was the worst 102 minutes in American history. In a single day, 2,977 lives were lost. Four planes crashed. Two Towers fallen. Yet, most Americans only remember two numbers from that day: 9/11.
Jun. 24, 2016
Albania makes historic run in 2016 Euro Cup
With the 2016 Euro Cup well underway, there are a few teams that have shocked the world with their performances thus far — among them are Albania and Wales.
Jun. 27, 2014
No harm, no foul: USA advances
On Sunday, June 22, the United States, for the first time in recent memory, looked truly dominant in a World Cup match. They controlled the ball, defended well, and seemed poised to defeat Portugal en route to clinching their second consecutive berth into the elimination stage of the World Cup.
May. 2, 2014
A post-racial America?
Last week the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that struck down Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning the consideration of race in public university admission. In her 58-page dissent (longer than the other four judges’ opinions combined) Justice Sonia Sotomayor argues that the stance taken by many in this country, including her colleague Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., is too simplistic. She is just one of a number of political voices speaking out in recent months, opening up the discussion on race yet again.
Nov. 5, 2013
Democracy dissuaded by system
For the past week, I have been fighting the City of Philadelphia. Angry emails, meetings with Drexel administrators, and idly threatening voicemails were the arms in this war, and I won. I was excused from jury duty. I have been called to serve as a juror three times in the last two years, and each time I have been excused. And that’s not good.
Oct. 11, 2013
Where does America stand today?
During the Bosnian crisis of the 1990s, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright declared the United States to be the world’s “indispensable” nation. Barack Obama repeated the same sentiment recently with regard to his aborted plan to bomb Syria in retaliation for the alleged use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war, though he spoke more tactfully in terms of a special American responsibility to maintain planetary peace and order. But where, exactly, does the U.S. stand today — not in its own eyes but in the world’s?