August 17, 2017

Understanding George Maragos’ Grass-root Politics

Comptroller George Maragos addressing a reception of Khyber Society in Hempstead, Long Island on April 22.

Long Island politician is an emerging star for many in Nassau County's immigrant vote bank. Read More »

The Hate That Divides Us

(Photo by skepticalview, CC License)

In shock after hearing of the London attack and a Bangalore assault, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on what could defeat hate of the ‘other’ and finally bring us together. Read More »

A Disaster in Waiting in the Himalayas

A view of Baltoro Glacier at sunet in Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan province. (Photo by Aamir Choudhry)

A senior Pakistani official recently issued a largely ignored statement about the environmental impact of status quo between the armies of Pakistan and India on the world’s highest battleground, the Siachen Glacier. Some military check posts on both sides here are as high as 21,000 feet above sea level.   Presence of Indian forces on Siachen Glacier, is harmful to the ... Read More »

3 Public Squares Drive the Political Life in Benghazi

Crowds fill Benghazi's Al-Keish square to mark the country's liberation. (Photo by Magharebia, Creative Commons License)

People in the Libyan city of Benghazi have been flocking to different squares to give their verdict on issues that impact their lives, transforming them into popular destinations for public debate. Read More »

Thoughts on Political Socialization

(Photo by AM Renault, Creative Commons License)

Why political socialization is important to shaping and reshaping societies and how citizens find their morals and beliefs through it? Read More »

‘Kill the Beef-eaters!’

(Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

India’s globe-trotting Prime Minister assures the world that India is the destination to invest in, the world’s most cultured country to work in. But will it allow foreign investors their prime pieces of steak when they crave for it in India? Or do Indians only butcher their own beef-eaters? Read More »

Terrorism: A Simplistic Vent with No Real Answers

Police tape and a makeshift memorial frame the scene after a shooting at an Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Photo U.S. Navy photo by Damon J. Moritz/Released, Creative Commons License)

One housewife and a blogger shares her frustration over the incidence of violence in the name of religion. Read More »

America’s Emerging Minority Power

Sapient Party candidate for New York state governor Steve Cohn (R) and Lt. Governor Bobby Kalotee. (Photo via Sapient Party website)

The Sapient Party is a welcome addition to the diversity of American democracy. The party’s rise is a manifestation of growing frustration of minorities and communities of color with the Republicans and Democratic parties' political bureaucracy which offers little political space to the ethnic minorities. Read More »

Malala: The Journalistic Ethics of Source Well-being

Malala Yousafzaï was praised for her courage fighting for girls' right to education as she accepted the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought during a ceremony in Strasbourg. (Photo by European Parliament)

Malala’s security was not an issue as long as the poor child served the editorial interests of the elite media outlets. Read More »

India’s Forgotten Cotton-picking Children

Manually decontaminating cotton before processing at an Indian spinning mill (2010). (CSIRO under a Creative Commons License)

‘Almost half a million – mostly dalit and adivasi – Indian children are working to produce cottonseed. Around 200,000 of them are below 14 years. This is one of the shocking results of the new study “Cotton’s Forgotten Children” by India’s long-term expert on the issue, Dr Davuluri Venkateswarlu.’ Read More »