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Kaushik Swaminathan

Undergraduate at Yale-NUS, Singapore

Yale-NUS as a Model Asian Liberal Arts College

A liberal arts education and Asia have often been two worlds apart. Pre-professional degrees in engineering and medicine guaranteed to provide stable jobs straight out of graduation seemed far more beneficial than studies in the humanities which were both expensive…

0 Comments / 988 View / December 14, 2014

The Kings of Summer Movie Review

The Kings of Summer – Review: 7/10 It is not new and it is not groundbreaking but it is charming. We’ve had an outburst of coming-of-age movies recently and for some, The Kings of Summer may be no exception. Suspend…

0 Comments / 102 View / August 7, 2014


Israeli and Palestinian casualties are rising at rates that could surpass any Israeli conflict in the last decade, with over 1,035 recorded Palestinians and a significantly lower, but equally tragic, number of Israeli deaths. With greater presence in the Gaza…

3 Comments / 251 View / July 29, 2014

Adolescent Purgatory: The Summer Between High School and College

During the three months between the end of high school and the start of college, there lies a vacuum devoid of responsibility, direction, or structure. For the first time there are no standardized tests to prepare for, no internships to…

0 Comments / 9125 View / July 13, 2014

Egypt Convicts 3 Journalists: Why World Leaders Fear Writers

In perhaps the greatest irony in the fight for democracy in the Middle East, two Al Jazeera English journalists have been sentenced to seven years in jail and one to ten years by an Egyptian court under the pretext of…

0 Comments / 140 View / June 26, 2014

Review of Valhalla Rising: 8/10

Valhalla Rising is unlike anything you have ever seen before. It’s dark, gruesome, plot-less, profound, cathartic: there are not enough words to do it justice. In essence, it is ineffable. Most will not watch Valhalla, and those who do will…

1 Comment / 1836 View / June 24, 2014

Russia, Ukraine, and the West – The Ambiguity of War and Peace

In an interview with the French media earlier this month, Vladimir Putin nonchalantly hoped that “we [were] not on the verge of any war,” referring to Russia’s ongoing crisis with Ukraine and the consequent condemnation from the European Union and…

4 Comments / 266 View / June 19, 2014

The Arab Spring: A Study in Dichotomy

In the three-and-a-half years since the revolutions for democracy around the Middle East, not a single country has yet been able to establish a properly elected, stable government. What started as a revolutionary wave of protests and civil wars against…

2 Comments / 267 View / June 15, 2014

The Indian General Elections: Overwhelming Majorities and Underlying Controversies

India’s most notoriously incendiary journalist, Arnab Goswami, was uncharacteristically timid in early May as he interviewed prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, perhaps foreshadowing the landslide victory that would bring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to effectively uncontested power. Each line of questioning of…

3 Comments / 300 View / June 8, 2014