A Poem on National Identity: Do All Lives Really Matter?

By NICOL SHOUP HERRERA April 5th, 2018 “Empathy is not impossible, however; all human beings share certain ties, such as emotional connections, that are universal. “ Identifying with a country can be a source of pride and an integral part…

White Skin is the Wrong Skin: How to Pick the Right Foundation Shade

By HIBBA MAHMUD March 22, 2018 “From a beauty perspective, having the wrong shade of foundation can be detrimental to your look. Having a visibly lighter foundation makes the person appear ashy and grey, whereas a darker foundation makes a…

Live and Help Live: Lessons From Abdul Sattar Edhi

By NIDA ALI February 28. 2018 “Today, February 28, 2018 marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Abdul Sattar Edhi, a renowned humanitarian, philanthropist, and founder of the Edhi Foundation who passed away last year.” Hira Imtiaz, 19,…

Drug Control in China

By ANDY LEE CHAISIRI January 12, 2018 “Mainland China media’s done a great job framing the drug problem as something that affects dirty poor folks and urban elites.” In general mainland Chinese are not fearful of police (and police in…

Trying to Be White: A Social Epidemic

By ITTECA KHAN January 8, 2018 “The skin lightening business garners a monstrous TEN billion dollars a year by exploiting not only personal insecurities but also the global after effects of colonialism and white supremacy.” “With her curly black hair…

China: The Most Advanced Ancient Civilization

By JOSE MARCO BISNAR December 26, 2017 “What do you call a distinct civilization which lasted for more than 4,000 years till now? A civilization so advanced that its neighbors copied its ways and despite changes still stayed their way?…

Is India Obsessed With Westernization?

By BEN A. WISE December 23, 2017 “This westernization phenomenon is not unique to India. It is prevalent in most of today’s so-called “developing world.” This westernization phenomenon is not unique to India. It is prevalent in most of today’s…

Trump: Jerusalem is Now The Capital of Israel

By TAYLOR GRIFFIN December 11, 2017 “President Trump, like most Republican Presidential candidates, pledged to relocate the Embassy to Jerusalem. Now, Trump looks to actually go through with it. It is a long-sought victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

Historical Photographs That Will Make You Cry

By ASMITA DAS December 7, 2017 Here are a series of historical photographs and events that will make you cry, if not make you immensely sad. A picture can say a thousand words. Photographers play a huge role in shaping…

The Palestinian Narrative: First Hand Persecution by Israeli Soldiers

By MOHAMMAD KALBONEH December 4, 2017 “Israeli soldiers always guarded the Tomb. They always tried to mess with us as kids, trying to make fun of us, cursed us in Hebrew which we later got to understand the meaning of…

The Universe is Not Obligated to Conform to Your Narrative

By WILLIAM BETEET December 1, 2017 “Search for ways to make the universe to give you what you want, not for how the universe should fit your narrative.” From ideologues to religious fanatics, the world is not obligated to conform…

Made in Bangladesh: The Truth about the Garment Industry

By NIDA ALI November 24, 2017 “Mahnure, 22, traveled to Bangladesh to uncover poor working conditions in garment factories, some of which we buy from every day without thinking twice. “ In a small swindling factory in Naranjang, Bangladesh, Janis…

The Nazi That Committed a Humanitarian Faux Pas

By JIM WILSON October 19, 2017 “I don’t think he was perfect – he was in the SS… He was a Nazi… His hat has a skull and crossbones on it (n.b. later found out about it’s Germanic history. Still…

Genghis Khan: The Most Eco-Friendly Invader?

By ARJUN SATHEESH MENON August 17, 2017 “Based on the knowledge we have gained from the past, we are now in a position to make land-use decisions that will diminish our impact on climate and the carbon cycle,” Genghis Khan…

Mirchi and Mime: A Unique Dining Experience

By SHREYA CHOWDHARY March 30, 2017 “Mirchi and Mime is a newly-opened Indian restaurant in Mumbai, India, which serves both delicious food and social inclusivity.” At the surface, Mirchi and Mime seems like any other Mumbai restaurant. Every seat in…

Should The Chinese People Fight for Democracy?

By BRIAN CHI ZHANG May 18, 2017 “A Democracy would probably make a lot of Chinese feel good, and would probably also make you and a lot of people in the world feel good, but it might turn China into…

What Is Going On in Venezuela?

By ITTECA KHAN May 12, 2017 ” Tensions have been rising following Cesar Chavez’s death in 2013 and the assumption of power by his second in command, Nicolás Maduro.” Venezuela has been in political turmoil since 2014 over a multitude…

Did La La Land Do Bollywood Better?

By MEHER MASALAWALA May 11, 2017 “Love. Career. Passion. Struggle. Music. Essentially the recipe for any good musical and La La Land has prepared it well.” Did La La Land do Bollywood better? The short answer? No. The long answer?…

I, too, am suffering: A Letter to My Relatives in the Motherland

By ROMANA RUBYY May 2, 2017 “You would assume America is a land of luxury. While we live here in a one bedroom apartment cramped with furniture and clothes, trying to take anything out to make more space, you sit…

MOAB: Everything That is Wrong with America

By AMINA RANA April 18, 2017 “Our latest intrusion in Afghanistan displays a cold and savage truth about the culture of war in America.” It is no coincidence that the biggest non-nuclear weapon was dropped in Adbi District in Afghanistan…