Hygge and Fermentation

I first became acquainted with traditional Nordic foods during a stroll down the dairy aisle. I randomly picked up a new yogurt brand called “Icelandic Provisions” with enticing flavors like “peach cloudberry” and “strawberry lingonberry.” I would later learn that it was not yogurt, but Skyr. While it is branded as yogurt in the United … Read more

Fighting for Catalonia’s Future 

A Tale as Old as Time  Catalonia’s push for independence is far from new. The region enjoyed great autonomy until General Franco’s regime, during which its sovereignty was ruthlessly and repeatedly violated. The fall of Franco revitalized Catalan autonomy under the 1978 Spanish constitution– autonomy which was furthered by a 2006 statute which even described … Read more

Striking a Balance

You are touring through Europe, going on a weekend vacation, or hitting the hot spots in a new city. Scrolling through Twitter or Instagram, you see that other tourists have flocked to a particular site for their contemplative pictures. Pleased at the opportunity to add something with a more serious tone to your online image, … Read more

The State of the 2020 Democratic Primary

Christine Li is a student member of the Harvard Public Opinion Project.  In 2020, a whopping 37 percent of the American electorate will consist of young voters, and they plan to make their votes count in the Democratic Primary. Contrary to the narrative that young voters are unorganized and unmotivated, they are more united now … Read more

The Billionaire President

“When money speaks, the truth keeps quiet.” This Russian proverb refers to the connection between wealth and corruption, and when it comes to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s wealth, the truth does indeed keep quiet. Current estimates by various economists put Putin’s wealth anywhere from $60 billion to $200 billion. However, official figures fall far short … Read more

Slow but Steady Wins the Race

Abolish ICE. Eliminate private health insurance. Dismantle the electoral college. Thirty years ago, uttering any of these statements was an act of political suicide. Today, however, these proposals are supported by prominent Democratic politicians. American politics has become increasingly characterized by proposals for sweeping structural change; therefore,  Democratic politicians should emphasize broad change if they … Read more

Youth Political Engagement and Hope Ahead of the 2020 Election

On September 20, 2019, the world saw an estimated four million people participate in the Global Climate Strike. Only a few days later, youth climate activist Greta Thunberg took to the international stage at the United Nations, criticizing world leaders for not doing enough to address the climate crisis. Considering that Democrats have put climate … Read more

Universal Background Checks Have Near Universal Youth Support

From Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, tragic school shootings have brought the issue of gun violence to the forefront of national attention and political discourse. According to the Fall 2019 Harvard Public Opinion Project Youth Poll, which surveyed 2,075 young Americans between the ages of 18 and … Read more