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Haiti’s recovery: Don’t give them the fish, teach them how to fish

Almost five years have passed since the devastating earthquake in Haiti that cost at least 200,000 individuals their lives and left many more injured. The country was in ruins after this tragic event. Since then, valuable international collaborations have been initiated to put Haiti back on its feet, and have assisted Haiti with reviving agriculture, importing pharmacological drugs, and rebuilding ... Read More »

The Walking Brain Dead

Zombie interstate sign via manuscriptreplica/flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 license.

  In every modern version of the “Zombie Apocalypse” narrative, small bands of plucky survivors fend off endless hordes of infected, shambling, braindead individuals. The zombies have no appreciation of community, shared responsibility,  or collective security. Instead they are driven by base instincts and a complete disregard for anything other than their own immediate self-interest. The irony in this narrative ... Read More »

Google’s Juggling Act: The politics of mapping borders in geo-politically sensitive areas


By Lillianne Thomas Google, as a ubiquitous modern-day supplier of digital maps found in many common applications, has (whether the company desires it or not) a key role in depicting boundaries between states on their maps. Google’s innovative (albeit controversial) strategy to make their maps universally satisfying has thus far allowed the company to pursue its mission to map the ... Read More »

European Elections: A Step Backwards?

Eu Europe Parliament Demokratie Strasbourg Union. Photo by M. Cruetten

As Europe’s economic condition remains stagnant, racism is increasing to a frightening degree reminiscent of the continent’s darkest period in modern history. While the Nazi era is long gone, there has been a considerable resurgence of anti-Semitism and intolerance that seems to be fueling the success of some European political parties. The outcomes of the recent European Parliament elections only ... Read More »

State of the (Student) Union – 2014


by James Walker – Editor in Chief Summer has begun, and life at UCLA has taken on the gentle ambiance of a half empty campus, basking in the glorious SoCal sunshine. Nervous freshmen and transferees can be spotted exploring the buildings in anticipation (or perhaps dread?) of the Fall, half the faculty have vanished to do research, and the other ... Read More »

Brazil’s World Cup, a Reflection of Flawed Priorities?

São Paulo’s 8th “Não Vai Ter Copa” World Cup Protest, May 24, 2014. 
Photo by Ben Tavener

By Emily Milstein International sporting events provide platforms for host countries to broadcast their national glory. With the world watching, a host nation can showcase its achievements and further dazzle audiences with its ability to successfully organize a massive undertaking. The world watched this story play out with the Olympics in Athens, Beijing, London, and Sochi, as well as the World ... Read More »

The Fragile Peace in South Sudan

SOUTH SUDANESE SOLDIERS  (Photo Credit: Steve Evans via Creative Commons)

by Izabela Chmielewska Since its tumultuous independence in 2011, South Sudan has been a fragile state.  The region is marred by ethnic clashes, which have driven recurring violence for decades.  The most recent conflict started in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir dismissed his Vice President, Riek Machar, after a political fallout.  Their personal tensions quickly escalated into ethnically charged ... Read More »

The Problem with Pandas: Rethinking Climate Change and the Environmental Movement

An ad from the World Wildlife Fund features pandas and polar bears, the majestic poster children of the environmental movement today. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

By Amber Murakami-Fester The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an in-depth report earlier this year that seemed just short of a climatic Armageddon. The report, released in three parts in September, March, and April, detailed the results of an extensive assessment of scientific literature on climate change in the past six years. Findings, perhaps unsurprisingly, were bleak: the concentration ... Read More »

Old Problems, New Scapegoats


By Erica Anjum Africa is a continent of profound diversity. Nonetheless, many African countries share something in common: most are considered “underdeveloped.” While there have been several theories advanced as to why, recently some African politicians have suggested that homosexuality is to blame for Africa’s problems. Many African states have long had anti-gay laws in place, but for the most ... Read More »

Crisis in Ukraine and the Global Scramble for Ukrainian Allegiance

Ukrainians holding an EU flag during a pro-EU rally: Photo courtesy of Ivan Bandura through Creative Commons

By Christine Smith – Editor Since November of last year, mounting tensions within Ukraine have made divisions between Russia, the European Union (EU), and the United States (US) increasingly evident. In an effort to establish stronger trade relations with Western Europe, Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych initially sought to broker a deal in which his country would join the EU. However, ... Read More »