Venezuelans Stream into Colombia

The potential for a migrant crisis grows.

Venezuelans Stream into Colombia

As Venezuela is faced with a constitutional crisis, tension continue to mount in the country. This situation was reflected most poignantly at the beginning of the week in an eloquent image repeated at several points of the border with Colombia. Tens of thousands of people – some 33,000 on Monday – crossed to the neighbouring […]

Strange Radio Signals Detected From A Nearby Star

A recent survey has detected a strange radio signal coming from the nearby red dwarf star system known as Ross 128.

Strange Radio Signals Detected From A Nearby Star

Astronomers have been listening to radio waves from space for decades. In addition to being a proven means of studying stars, galaxies, quasars and other celestial objects, radio astronomy is one of the main ways in which scientists have searched for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence (ETI). And while nothing definitive has been found to date, […]

Why police reforms rarely succeed: Lessons from Latin America

Why police reforms rarely succeed: Lessons from Latin America

President Donald Trump’s appointment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has led people to speculate about the fate of recent police reform efforts. Early into his tenure, Sessions said he intended to “pull back on” the Justice Department’s investigations of police department abuses, saying they diminish effectiveness. Americans have mobilized extensively in the past three years against police brutality, militarization […]

The Snare of Tribalism

The Snare of Tribalism

“Human beings are poor examiners, subject to superstition, bias, prejudice, and a profound tendency to see what they want to see rather than what is really there.” – M. Scott Peck “I think the hardest part about being a fangirl is when you truly fall in love with your bias.” – Eunhyuk Human beings are […]

Zika Vaccine Hopes Rise

Zika Vaccine Hopes Rise

Scientists at The Rockefeller Institute in New York City have discovered an antibody to the Zika virus in what could be a key step in developing a vaccine. The antibodies were found in people exposed to the virus in Mexico and Brazil and examined by the researchers. Four hundred individual blood samples were analyzed. The […]

The Consequences of Democracy

Colombia got to the right destination, but took the wrong route.

The Consequences of Democracy

Various individuals at one time or another have tried to distill an overarching philosophy of society from the complicated and messy record of history. Perhaps no historical philosophy is more fascinating than the one laid out by the Italian Giovanni Vico in his 1725 work, The New Science. Vico believed that the first primitive societies […]

A Nation Debates Its Future: Contextualizing the Colombian Peace Process

The complicated and unique history of Colombia that has led to the current peace negotiations.

A Nation Debates Its Future: Contextualizing the Colombian Peace Process

Be honest: When I say Colombia, what do you think? Some of you may have thought about a University in New York (spelled differently, by the way), Sofia Vergara, or Shakira. Others may have thought about their morning coffee.  But, I would be surprised if at least more than a few did not immediately think […]