Marijuana From A to Z: Politics of Stupidity

Legalization of the oft-stigmatized drug is the only option. I was eating an absolutely delectable meal at the dining hall several nights ago, minding my own business, and savoring the taste of each bite of my popcorn shrimp, when a random outburst from down the table awoke me from my food-induced reverie. “You know, I … Read more

The American Question

I’d like to take up the question of: what does it mean to be an American? First impressions to the contrary, that isn’t just a question to be confined within berets and bandied across the tables of Starbucks; it touches upon issues of citizenship and immigration, legal and political obligation, and the rights and duties … Read more

Peretz Losing Pull at TNR

The New York Post reports that Marty Peretz is stepping down from his role as editor-in-chief of The New Republic. Further, Peretz seems to be on the losing side of an internal struggle over his writing. In his New York Times profile of Peretz earlier this week, Steven Rodrick writes that Multiple New Republic staff … Read more

Effects of Arab World Riots on Israel

Demonstrations all across Egypt have erupted against the government. In Lebanon, protestors have flooded the streets calling for a new government and Tunisia remains in a political turmoil. Arabs across the Middle East are taking things with their own hands asking for freedom of choice. And freedom they shall get, but what will be the … Read more

What’s Up With Kishore Mahbubani?

By many measures, Kishore Mahbubani is one of the leading public figures in Asia. He is currently the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, a man with an enormous intellect and an illustrious career that few can compare with. From January 2001 to May 2002, he held the position … Read more

Greece’s Modern History of Terrorism and Global Youth Unemployment

Modern Greece has a long history of underground political movements. The Filiki Eteria (Friendly Society) a secret organization in the early 19th century, acted as the catalysts for the successful Greek War of Independence in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. They mustered support for Greek independence abroad and encouraged dissent across the Greek countryside. Sadly, … Read more

State of the Union: A Conservative Perspective

For me, President Obama’s third State of the Union addressed all that I hoped it would.  President Obama delivered an eloquent and carefully worded political speech.  As expected, the President focused largely, and rightly, on jobs, clinging largely to unifying rhetoric as opposed to digging into the messy details of policy.  Last night, President Obama … Read more

Frenemies: A New Phenomenon?

From the beginning of our Union until present day, each President has given the heavily publicized and often polarizing State of the Union address.  Each President’s address reflects the issues of the time: the agenda for the year to come, the passion of the President, and often-fiery political rhetoric. This year marks President Obama’s third … Read more