April 17, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Black Death, the Khmer Rouge entry into Cambodia’s capitol city of Phnom Penh. The scourge that...
Four Ways to Lessen Campus Rapes
Campus rapes and sexual assaults can be reduced. It will take multiple approaches. One key is for victims to feel willing to report the crime... Read more
Kenya’s Garissa Attack Wasn’t Just a Tragedy. It Was Blowback
The old anti-war song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” has the refrain “When will they ever learn?” That’s what came to mind after al-Shabab’s... Read more
Sexual Terror and Impunity in Somalia
Two summers ago, a Somali mother publicly recounted a harrowing experience of sexual abuse and humiliation at the hands of African Union troops in Mogadishu... Read more
China–Pakistan: A Strategic Relationship in the Shadows
The China–Pakistan relationship has inspired plenty of florid language, invoking “iron brothers” whose “all-weather friendship” is “higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans.”... Read more
Confronting Tradition in the Classroom
It’s April, and those of us residing in the northeastern United States continue to shelter our bodies in sweatpants and hide away under blankets, waiting... Read more
Who Says a Better World Is Impossible?
Cars, air travel, space exploration, television, nuclear power, high-speed computers, telephones, organ transplants, prosthetic body parts… At various times these were all deemed impossible. I’ve... Read more
Want Worker Wages to Rise? End the Corporate Income Tax
Workers’ wages have stagnated, even as the unemployment rate has plunged to a seven-year low and the economy is bounding ahead. Some people propose raising... Read more
Saving Coal Country
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell recently took the extraordinary step of calling on governors to ignore Washington’s Clean Power Plan, an EPA mandate to curb carbon... Read more
It’s Too Late to Debate Metadata
What has been so frustrating throughout the metadata “debate” is that we have been kept in ignorance as to what it was that the law... Read more
Unlike a Rolling Stone: Is Science Really Better Than Journalism at Self-Correction?
Rolling Stone’s retraction of an incendiary article about an alleged gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia certainly deserves a place in... Read more
Water Is Life; We Can’t Afford to Waste It
How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to... Read more
The Colossus of Existence: Why the Elephant Is Invaluable
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts... Read more
W(h)ither the Liberal Arts?
In 1828, a faculty committee at Yale declared that the aim of a liberal education “was not to teach that which is peculiar to any... Read more
Lessons From the Ebola Epidemic
As the Ebola outbreak continues claiming victims—albeit at a reduced rate—it is time to reflect on what we have learned so far in dealing with... Read more
Four Years After Gadhafi, Libya Is a Failed State
Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled the former Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi, the North Africa country has plunged into chaotic unrest. The failure of... Read more
Wall Street Has Finally Begun to Downsize, but How Did We Ever Let it Get so Big in the First Place?
The New York Times recently reported on sluggish growth in the financial industry and what it described as a nascent trend of business students and... Read more