UK General Election Preview

These international elections are truly a godsend as they allow me to get my mind off of domestic developments from time to time. The UK election, taking place one week from today on June 8th, is particularly compelling and, as it has turned out, uplifting with the possibility of a positive outcome. For unlike Bernie…

French Run-Off Preview

After the 1st round of voting took place last Sunday, the centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen will face off head-to-head next Sunday May 7th to determine who will be the next president of France. To get yourself further up to date, feel free to refer to my post written a few…

French Election: Final Thoughts

We’re a few hours out from polls closing in the 1st round of the 2017 French presidential election. If polls are to be believed, it’s poised to be very close with 4 candidates all in a statistical dead heat in the days leading up to the election. Of the far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the centrist Emmanuel Macron,…

The Arab Spring: Why They Protested

The Arab Spring that began in late 2010 shocked the global community. Observers of the region could have explained the factors contributing to a generally frustrated and restless civilian population, but it is fair to claim that very few anticipated their true strength in number and their ability to mobilize on a mass scale against…

How Apartheid Fell Through Mandela’s Lens

Contrary to the complicated nature of the apartheid system imposed by the white minority South African government, the underlying principles that guided Nelson Mandela in his quest for freedom were actually quite simple. From a relatively early age, Mandela recognized the importance of language and how it contributed to his unconscious succumbing to the white…

Fidel Castro & Selective Memory

In several respects, the passing of Fidel Castro puts an end to a geopolitical era. Under the Obama Administration, the United States and Cuba have sought to strengthen ties with one another, while Fidel’s beating heart was the elephant in the room that symbolically more than anything prevented these developments from feeling entirely real. If…

JFK. An Obsession.

I had a very unique opportunity to ask Admiral David G. Throop, who is the United States Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Commander (FORCECOM) a question when he came and visited a school I was at with the Coast Guard, right around this time last year. When I asked him, “Admiral, what would you recommend for…

The Electoral College. And Why It Matters.

With the crazy events that happened on November 8th, we are seeing even crazier posts on social media. One such thing is how people are signing a petition directed towards the members of the Electoral College to elect Hilary Clinton as president. The majority of these people saying to abolish the Electoral College, or those…

The Democratic Party Isn’t Working

So I’ve given myself a few days to process everything that happened to us before writing another post here. But as it turns out, I could just have easily written this post on Wednesday morning as well. The underlying premise is quite simple really: The Democratic Party isn’t working. The Democratic Party, in coordination with…

America’s Choice

I went to public schools. Every morning at Putnam School, grades K-8, I stood up, placed my hand over my heart, felt the crisp stiffness of the shirt my mother had ironed with truly world class skill the night before, and along with about 20 other kids from East Cambridge, faced the flag and recited…

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

“The sun will, in fact, come out tomorrow.” -President Obama. Those words were uttered on November 9th, regarding the results of the presidential election that this country saw. A truly historic event that has seen social media become a place of violent words and thoughts, and friends beginning to disdain one another. It is my…

The Night Laughter Died

It’s June 16, 2015. Donald J. Trump, our to-be 45th President of the United States, declares his intention to run for President of the United States. You’ve probably seen the video of him riding down the escalator at Trump Tower, waving and grinning. Does he not see the irony in riding an escalator down, liberals…