Category : Politics

The Silent Minority: Unexamined Racial Discrimination in Contemporary America

Outrage at the recent events in Ferguson has induced a miniature revolution of sorts, changing attitudes and headlines alike. However, as I scrolled through my daily dose of news, an article on the Washington Post caught my eye. Titled “Three…

4 Comments / 3162 View / September 1, 2014

What CNN Never Told You About The Israel-Gaza Conflict

(This article originally appeared in The Rice Standard on August 6, 2014. Reprinted with the author’s permission.) I sit on my bed, cradling my head in disbelief. It’s 5:30 pm: I’ve just arrived home from work and opened my laptop to check the news….

1 Comment / 278 View / August 28, 2014

Obamacare: Can’t Win With It, Can’t Win Without It

With the 2014 midterms fast approaching and the 2016 elections looming in the not-so-distant future, many Americans are preparing themselves for a tidal wave of TV ads and political conflict as Democrats and Republicans battle over the nation’s “big issues.” …

0 Comments / 131 View / August 27, 2014

Cold War Version 2.0?

I remember stepping out of the plane at three in the morning, blearily messaging friends that I was finally home from my week-long escapade in Perth, when news hit in the form of a tweet from the New York Times….

0 Comments / 75 View / August 24, 2014

The Third Gender: Be Yourself, But Don’t Have Sex

In the United States, there is a strong debate over whether insurance companies should be required to cover sex change operations. This is a far cry from India where the debate is remarkably different. There, the debate includes whether governments…

0 Comments / 263 View / August 21, 2014

Al-Maliki to Step Down as Prime Minister of Iraq

The past several months have been an extremely turbulent time for Iraq. ISIS militants began a major offensive in Northern Iraq in June, capturing the major cities of Mosul and Tikrit, routing the Iraqi military, and shocking the world. Meanwhile,…

0 Comments / 89 View / August 17, 2014

The Two-Party System: Democrat and Republican/Tea/Libertarian/RINO

The GOP is definitely living up to the “Big Tent Party” name, considering that fact that there is only one thing a Republican hates slightly less than a Democrat, and that is another Republican. The Republican Party is basically the…

0 Comments / 544 View / August 16, 2014

The Fog of War: Then and Now

The phrase “fog of war” is meant to convey the lack of information and uncertainty experienced by forces engaged in war; a result of limited intelligence, ignorance about the battlefield, and/or restricted lines of communication. It can occur on a…

0 Comments / 442 View / August 16, 2014

Pooping Yourself and Other Communist Pastimes: The Arrest of Yet Another Politician

The date is June 30th, 2014. The Communist party head of Guangdong Province is presiding over a meeting with forty-five of the province’s most powerful district leaders in attendance. One of them, a bespectacled, avuncular fifty-year-old with implausibly thick hair,…

0 Comments / 183 View / August 15, 2014

Rihanna: Singer, Producer, Expert in Contemporary Palestinian Foreign Policy

Read the following headlines: “Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour ceasefire” “The Obama administration is furious with Israel” “Israel resumes attacks on Gaza” The spate of recent news on Israel’s conflict against Hamas has taken over newsstands and social media…

1 Comment / 189 View / August 15, 2014