Tour My Squalor

Lost among sweaty pictures of the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square, a Beijing of a past era still exists somewhere on my computer’s hard disk. At the naïve age of 12 years, my visit to China was about documenting what I saw rather than understanding it, taking photographs of people rather than connecting with them. … Read more

The Ethics of Fighting with Terrorists

The United States is supporting, funding, and arming “terrorists.” Not through back channels, middlemen, Swiss bank accounts or CIA covert operations, but openly and publicly. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was designated as a foreign terrorist organization on October 8, 1997 by the U.S. Department of State after thirteen years of insurgency, including bombing attacks … Read more

The Union Flak

 A grinning Churchill and FDR sit together, cementing the cooperation necessary to save democracy and the Western world as we know it. The romance of these now fading photographs inspired a “special relationship”, as Churchill called it, between the United States and the United Kingdom. Because of the strong cultural, historical, and linguistic ties between … Read more

Transport in the City of Tomorrow

Imagine, for a second, all of the 1.4 million cars in New York City were on the road. Given the 6,000 miles of road in the city, a back-of-the-envelope calculation shows they would barely be able to move. The unlikeliness of this scenario highlights the necessity of public transportation in modern cities. A few of … Read more

The Culture Of Excess

The signs are subtle, but it seems many have already forgotten the lessons of the Great Recession. These signs lie on both sides of the political aisle, in different branches of government, and in all parts of the country. Why exactly this has happened requires a much more extensive analysis, but one thing seems certain: … Read more

California Death Penalty Overturn: A Loss for Abolitionists

  On Wednesday, July 16, Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney declared the California death penalty unconstitutional, finding that it violated the Eighth Amendment. He ruled that the state’s arbitrary delays in executing death row inmates render the act of execution itself cruel and unusual. Death penalty critics across the country applauded Judge Carney’s decision for … Read more

Al Sharpton on Michael Brown and Ferguson

Rev. Al Sharpton is a civil rights activist and talk show host. Harvard Political Review: Rev. Sharpton, what is the significance of the Ferguson episode’s location – that is, in the middle of the country and in a suburb? Al Sharpton: I think the significance is that we’re dealing with the heartland of America.  We’re … Read more

Gaza in Paris

[BIL’IN, WEST BANK] Every Friday, locals of this run-down Palestinian village in the West Bank gather with international human rights activists and the rare Israeli to protest the wall built to separate Bil’in from the adjacent Jewish settlement of Modi’in Illit. A Swiss ambulance stands by to treat protesters hit with tear gas or rubber … Read more