Bombs Promoting Peace

The idea that bombing a country can promote peace is not a new one–at least not in this country. The United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the second World War. They’ve done it in past years. And Donald Trump has done it now to Syria. Allegedly, the bombing was done in response to an…

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Counting the Fallen

by Dhiksha Balaji photo: India Water Portal We must account for the treelessness. Cyclone Vardah has uprooted more than 13,600 trees in Chennai, according to an early official count of the Tamil Nadu government. Some experts will tell you that it was, for the most part, only the trees that were never meant to grow…

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Mexico’s Moral Dance with Gay Rights

by Arturo Pineda *also published in The Politic* In May on the National Day of the Fight against Homophobia, the Mexican President, Peña Nieto of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), announced via Twitter he had signed an initiative to amend the Mexican Constitution to recognize same-sex marriage across the country, and grant adoption rights to…

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Back to Turkey

by Alina Yaman The call to prayer is currently sounding from the mosque nearby. I’m at my desk in my dorm, my books in view and my bulletin board ready to be used whenever I’m feeling inspired. A bag of peaches and nectarines is sitting by my window, open to let in the evening air,…

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Black in China

by Karen Marks (Staff Writer) When given the opportunity to study Mandarin Chinese intensively for two months at Harvard’s Beijing summer school, with a full Yale fellowship, I was excited. However, as much as I looked forward to spending the summer learning a new language and culture, the experiences of other Black foreigners in China…

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