Fighting for Space

Women fighting for space in male-dominated areas, like these members of Congress, face countless burdens but play a key role in the struggle for equal rights. Seeing Kamala Harris, Kirstin Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson all vying  — with different platforms — to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States; … Read more

Return the Returns

Richard Nixon famously declared that “I am not a crook,” despite subsequent events proving the irony in his statement. People who were not alive when Nixon first said it frequently reference the phrase, but the story behind those words carries a more significant legacy than a simple colloquialism: In his efforts to exonerate himself and … 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

Kosher Kibble

“Pavlov’s our family, our child,” Anthony Osuna explained emphatically in an interview with the HPR. “We just want to make sure that we’re mindful with how we approach his health.” Osuna and his girlfriend Tram Nguyen were not willing to cut corners on this one. At his young age, Pavlov could have unknown allergies or … Read more

Campus Eats

“An act of rebellion” is how a director of Harvard University Dining Services described the student response to “less meat Mondays,” a short-lived initiative in the dining halls a few years ago. By serving only one meat-based entrée instead of the usual two or three, HUDS expected to see an obvious decrease in meat consumption … Read more

One Nation … Indivisible

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” This pithy passage, the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States, is very familiar to those who were instructed to stand and recite these … Read more

Different but the Same: Religious Persecution in China

Different but the Same: Religious Persecution in China

While religious intolerance has long been intertwined with China’s history, measures of control have grown increasingly harsh under Xi Jinping. Since his ascent to power in 2012, particular religious and spiritual communities have seen increased constraints and more intrusive controls. In the region of Xinjiang, upwards of 3 million Muslim Uighurs have been sent to … Read more

Raising Religion

When the USSR fell at the end of 1991, along with it fell the idea that organized religion was a threat to the government. But the free practice of religion did not last. In recent years, the Russian Orthodox Church has gained power and popularity at the expense of other religions. Russia has returned Orthodox … Read more

Seeing Red: Loving Uncertainty

In the 1999 science fiction film, The Matrix, the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. Blue pill: choose security and known happiness. Red pill: choose uncertainty, but knowledge and freedom. Depending on how we feel about the plot of the Matrix, our answer as to which … Read more

The Concept of Contraception: Is It Equal Access?

Despite being one of the most natural human acts, sex is anything but natural when it comes to contraceptives. Currently, the political climate surrounding contraceptives is strained — there remains no constant flow of dialogue surrounding their usage in popular media. Accompanied by the Trump Administration’s differing opinions as opposed to those from the Obama … Read more