Development: A Dam Problem

  It seems odd to juxtapose “environment” with “refugee”. The environment is a set of conditions that cultivate the life of beings. By definition, it is suited to the livelihoods of certain human…

When Universalism Met Culture

As I read the story of Aasia Bibi, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl who unintentionally poisoned and killed 17 members of her family in her attempt to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage, I wond…

A Friendship Gone Astray

The Growing Divide in Chinese-African Relations In December 2015, President Xi Jinping was declaring Zimbabwe to be China’s “all-weather friend.” Less than a year later, President Mugabe of Zimbabwe w…

The Cost of Conservation

  How Conservation Endangers Indigenous Rights The term “climate refugee” is increasingly entering the mainstream as more people are displaced due to climate change. But what about those being pushed …

Nobels and Whistles in Beijing

Tu Youyou was labeled with “three noes”: no medical degree, no doctorate, and no work overseas. And yet, she became not only the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, but also the first Chinese ci…

Living in Solitude

In May 2010, a sixteen year old boy was arrested and held in solitary confinement  for two years as he awaited trial. Kalief Browder allegedly stole a backpack, and paid for it by sitting alone in a d…