Abandoned Love: Adventures in Popular Music

Abandoned Love: Adventures in Popular Music

The greatest artists are consumed by their art. If one wants to go about finding Shakespeare, they have no choice but to look for him in his plays, and must then realize that what they have discovered is their own self and not Shakespeare’s. A college student is quoted in Harold C. Goddard’s The Meaning […]

Profiling the Dead of Barcelona

Profiling the Dead of Barcelona

As has been frequently the case in previous terrorist attacks, Thursday’s deaths in Barcelona were of the world and not Spain only. That is not by accident. Most of the places that Islamic terrorists have targeted have been cosmopolitan cities and symbols of Western culture. Las Ramblas, a series of streets in Barcelona, are typically […]

Venezuela Enters a Crucial Week in its History

Venezuela has monumental choices to make in the coming week. It's less clear who will make those choices and what they will be.

Venezuela Enters a Crucial Week in its History

Mass protests against the plans of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and general strikes throughout Caracas have spawned violence, the arrest of a famous violinist, and even a bizarre situation in which the national Volleyball team forfeited matches in Australia after the team’s multiple chartered flights failed to reach their destination. But, the coming week will […]

Runaway Train: The Price of Healthcare in the United States

Runaway Train: The Price of Healthcare in the United States

From doctors and nurses to big businesses and from the general population to the politicians who represent them, everyone seems to agree that the American healthcare system is broken. Numerous presidents have tried fixing it. Barack Obama was the only one to have some form of comprehensive scheme passed by Congress, but the battle over […]

Will the Botswanan Economy Remain Miraculous?

Will the Botswanan Economy Remain Miraculous?

Of all the colonial possessions of Great Britain, the least amount of interest may have been applied to the area that would become Botswana in the southern part of Africa. When it became inevitable that British possessions would become independent after the Second World War, it would have made some sense for areas like Botswana […]

Bangladeshi Diplomat Arrested for Labor Trafficking

Bangladeshi Diplomat Arrested for Labor Trafficking

Viewers of crime dramas could be forgiven for believing the oft-repeated but inaccurate assertion that diplomats in foreign countries have immunity from the prosecution of all crimes. They do not only those crimes committed in the dispensing of their official duties. A diplomat cannot, for example, commit murder and then claim they have diplomatic immunity. The […]

Judging Justice in America

Judging Justice in America

Ever the entertainer, Benjamin Franklin welcomed guests one evening in 1787 at his Philadelphia home. The conversation turned towards a recent essay by Benjamin Rush entitled “An Enquiry into the Effects of Public Punishments Upon Criminals, and Upon Society.” Rush was a respected physician and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Criminal punishment was […]

August Election to Shed Light on Rwanda’s Future

August Election to Shed Light on Rwanda’s Future

Twenty-three years after the horrendous one-hundred day period of the Rwandan genocide, the African nation is still connected to unspeakable horror in the minds of many in the world, even as it has been successful in moving forward on a stable foundation. For the entirety of the post-genocide era in Rwanda, Paul Kagame of the […]

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