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Are the U.S. and India Headed for a Break-Up?: Finding the Delicate Balance in Diplomatic Relationships

Shri Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Jana Chetna Rally’ at Wardha in Maharashtra: Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

By Noelle Little The arrest of the Indian diplomat, Ms. Devyani Khobragade, last December in New York sparked a renewed interest in the future of diplomatic relationships between the United States and India. This controversy, in addition to current tension between the U.S. and Narendra Modi, the widely supported candidate for Prime Minister in this month’s elections, presents an interesting ... Read More »

Winds of Change in Japan’s Constitution

Children sharing a moment of silence before a memorial in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Photo credit: Andrew Dunn, 1990, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

by Amber Murakami-Fester “The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. To accomplish this aim…land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.” So reads Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which has prohibited the nation ... Read More »

Big Data and Privacy in the Global Age: An Open Letter about a Closed Industry!


    By James Walker – Editor There has been a flurry of activity over the past few months concerning the issue of Internet data gathering, and the over-reach of government spying. From the revelations concerning the domestic NSA-PRISM program, to the seemingly endless chain of embarrassing international debacles stemming from Edward Snowden, the clandestine world of shadowy government data hoarding ... Read More »

Lampedusa: the Much-Needed Heart of Illegal Immigration in the Mediterranean

Boats off the shore of Lampedusa. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

by Amber Murakami-Fester Editor A shipwreck on Oct. 3 off the coast of Lampedusa, a small Italian island in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Tunisia, has reinvigorated an increasingly urgent discussion on illegal immigration into Italy and other European countries. Almost 340 of the more than 500 passengers aboard the ship drowned in the accident that occurred a half mile ... Read More »

Ending Polio: A Long Overdue Eradication

A Board of Health quarantine card warning that the premises are contaminated by poliomyelitis; Courtesy of National Library of Medicine, Creative Commons

Erfan Faridmoayer Editor The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called it “one of the most feared diseases of the twentieth century.” Mainly affecting children under five years of age, Poliovirus can infect the nervous system and cause long-term or permanent paralysis. In extreme cases, it can lead to death by paralysis of lung and heart muscles. President ... Read More »

Chemical Weapons Victory: A Loss for the Syrian People


Photo Credit: Freedom House on Flickr, used under Creative Commons License By: Erika Jahan Tuesday, Oct. 15 was celebrated by Muslims worldwide as Eid al-Adha. The festival is one of the two biggest holidays in the Islamic tradition, embraced by all sects of the religion. Eid al-Adha follows immediately after the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates Abraham’s obedience ... Read More »

Perspectives of a Troubled Youth


By Akbar Khan, Staff Writer. In February of this year, The Generation published a piece on Iranian hip-hop. Feeling discontent with the Iranian regime, some Iranian youth have utilized hip-hop as a means to express disproval over administrative policy and action. With more than a third of the population between the ages of 15 and 29, Iran sustains a large youth ... Read More »