International

My time in Argentina: A tale of two identities

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“Birds of a feather flock together.” John Minsheu’s rendition of this ancient proverb from Plato describes an interaction where organisms gravitate towards each other with common purpose. Naturally, people tend to bond better with others who have similar qualities. Think of the dynamics of the high school cafeteria. On one end you have jocks hanging Read More

My time in Jordan: A nation of paradox

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I just recently arrived to the United States from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where I spent a month studying Arabic in an immersed setting. I found the experience to be the most pivotal of my study of the language thus far, and I learned more of the language and culture than I ever expected Read More

Harper’s government: Defined by nastiness

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Since news of the Mike Duffy Senate scandal broke nearly three weeks ago, the story has dominated national headlines. The scandal clearly does not bode well for the Harper government, but on a deeper level, it represents just one event of many that continue to define Stephen Harper’s legacy as prime minister—one of a cold, Read More

Syria: A Proxy War?

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Until recently the conflict in Syria was a war between minorities and the Sunni Muslim majority, with Iran and Hezbollah supporting Syria and the Gulf States supporting the Free Syrian Army. Though both sides have strong supporters on the world stage, Russia and the FSA’s European allies had both previously agreed to ban the sale Read More

Learning from Malaysia’s voters

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When I read the headlines about the Malaysian May 5th elections, I was disappointed. “National Front Maintains Majority in Malaysian Parliament.” The words were hardly unexpected. The 14-party coalition called Barisan Nasional has held a comfortable majority in the legislature since Malaysia’s independence—well over fifty years ago. Never have they even come close to facing Read More