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Recently, I took a morning walk by the Quiet Green, where a great ball and chain lie as a physical representation of Brown University’s complicity in the transatlantic slave trade. I still vividly remember my first-year discussion of the Slavery an...

Political Responsibility and Divestment

Recently, I took a morning walk by the Quiet Green, where a great ball and chain lie as a physical representation of Brown University’s complicity in the transatlantic slave trade. I still vividly remember my first-year discussion of the Slavery an...

In November 2022, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan would increase its defense budget to 2 percent of its GDP, making it the world’s third-largest military spender by April 2027. Japan appears to be well on track: From its ...

Help Wanted: Japan’s Struggle to Remilitarize

In November 2022, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan would increase its defense budget to 2 percent of its GDP, making it the world’s third-largest military spender by April 2027. Japan appears to be well on track: From its ...

Last year, the number of international students attending American universities stood at just over one million—a staggering figure reflective of the country’s draw as an educational hub. Through tuition, transportation, and other spending, this g...

We Want You, But You Just Can’t Stay

Last year, the number of international students attending American universities stood at just over one million—a staggering figure reflective of the country’s draw as an educational hub. Through tuition, transportation, and other spending, this g...

As the clock struck 8:00 PM on March 31, 1880 in Wabash, Indiana, “thousands of eyes that were turned upward toward the inky darkness… saw a shower of sparks emitted from a point above them, small steady spots of light, growing more brilliant… ...

Flip the Switch

As the clock struck 8:00 PM on March 31, 1880 in Wabash, Indiana, “thousands of eyes that were turned upward toward the inky darkness… saw a shower of sparks emitted from a point above them, small steady spots of light, growing more brilliant… ...

Lithium, sometimes referred to as “white gold,” is a necessary component of electric vehicle batteries and solar panels. Over the past three years, the clean energy transition has caused global demand for lithium to skyrocket. The metal is abunda...

White Gold, Red Flags

Lithium, sometimes referred to as “white gold,” is a necessary component of electric vehicle batteries and solar panels. Over the past three years, the clean energy transition has caused global demand for lithium to skyrocket. The metal is abunda...

Walking through any Chinatown in the United States, you will undoubtedly encounter many signs outside of restaurants that read “NO MSG.” If you have heard the term “MSG,” you are likely aware of the negative perceptions surrounding it. For de...

The MSG Myth

Walking through any Chinatown in the United States, you will undoubtedly encounter many signs outside of restaurants that read “NO MSG.” If you have heard the term “MSG,” you are likely aware of the negative perceptions surrounding it. For de...

Settler colonialism is an ever-evolving form of violence. In Australia, it began with the theft of Indigenous land, the enslavement and murder of Indigenous Australians, and the mass dispersal of deadly disease—forcing Indigenous populations deeper...

Clouds of Colonialism

Settler colonialism is an ever-evolving form of violence. In Australia, it began with the theft of Indigenous land, the enslavement and murder of Indigenous Australians, and the mass dispersal of deadly disease—forcing Indigenous populations deeper...

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, a five-alarm fire in an apartment complex in the Fordham Heights neighborhood of the Bronx killed 17 people. Smoke rapidly filled the hallways and central stairwell of the Twin Parks North West tower in what was one of the...

A Smoking Gun

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, a five-alarm fire in an apartment complex in the Fordham Heights neighborhood of the Bronx killed 17 people. Smoke rapidly filled the hallways and central stairwell of the Twin Parks North West tower in what was one of the...

Though Portuguese missionaries first established the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1491, it was only under Belgian colonial rule in the late 1880s that missionaries arrived en masse, founding schools and hospitals a...

Immaculate Citizenship School Kinshasa

Though Portuguese missionaries first established the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 1491, it was only under Belgian colonial rule in the late 1880s that missionaries arrived en masse, founding schools and hospitals a...

In 2011, researchers at Vanderbilt University wanted to test the effect of name recognition on candidate support in the Nashville Metropolitan Council race. They put up yard signs in support of Ben Griffin near a local elementary school, then sent a ...

Political Powerball

In 2011, researchers at Vanderbilt University wanted to test the effect of name recognition on candidate support in the Nashville Metropolitan Council race. They put up yard signs in support of Ben Griffin near a local elementary school, then sent a ...

When the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in 2021, Central Asian governments continued with business as usual. After 20 years of an internationally backed government in Afghanistan, the five Central Asian nations (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbek...

Afghanistan Makes a Splash

When the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in 2021, Central Asian governments continued with business as usual. After 20 years of an internationally backed government in Afghanistan, the five Central Asian nations (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbek...

As Taiwan prepares to elect a new president in January 2024, former Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has sent shockwaves through the Taiwanese political establishment by running as a third-party candidate under the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP). Since announci...

T[hird] P[arty] P[olitics]

As Taiwan prepares to elect a new president in January 2024, former Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has sent shockwaves through the Taiwanese political establishment by running as a third-party candidate under the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP). Since announci...