Articles by: Kimon Steph

The Real Syrian Enemy

The Real Syrian Enemy

By RASHI NARAYAN Syria has been a hot topic in the news for numerous years as Assad and ISIS have created atrocities in the area. However, people seem to have forgotten that the Assad regime is still an evil destructive entity that is the root of the instability and extremism in the region. People have been caught up with the […]

by · April 6, 2015 · 0 comments · Policy Potpourri
Singapore 2.0: Changing Dynamics with the Death of Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore 2.0: Changing Dynamics with the Death of Lee Kuan Yew

By ERICA SLOAN Although Singapore has been granted a geographic advantage—the small nation is surrounded by water—allowing its economy to boom through free trade and an open port, the nation could not have achieved its current extremely prosperous status without its primary driving force: Lee Kuan Yew.  Yew was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, from 1959, when the nation […]

by · April 6, 2015 · 0 comments · Policy Potpourri
Losing Paradise: Sea Levels Rise to Perilous Levels in Kiribati

Losing Paradise: Sea Levels Rise to Perilous Levels in Kiribati

By JANICE CANTIERI Buariki Village, North Tarawa, Kiribati—“Way back in the old days, at the end of our island, we used to have a village, where my husband and his parents used to live. Their home is no longer there. It has gone underwater. Looking across to the peninsula, at the corner of the village, all that land has gone […]

by · April 6, 2015 · 0 comments · Policy Potpourri
Underprosecuted Femicide Plaguing Mexico

Underprosecuted Femicide Plaguing Mexico

By ANNA ROSSI Many have heard about the missing students from Ayotzinapa, yet few talk about another horrifying event that is currently taking place in Mexico—the almost daily abuse and murder of women. Also two-thirds of Mexican women have been victims of male violence, with a significant number of these abuses resulting in death. Most of the female victims are […]

by · April 6, 2015 · 0 comments · Policy Potpourri
Hong Kong Protests Raise Concerns on Foreign Investment

Hong Kong Protests Raise Concerns on Foreign Investment

By ERICA SLOAN The people of Hong Kong have been living an unfulfilled promise for democracy since 1997, when the British returned their nation to China as a special administrative region.  At the time of the transfer, the Chinese government confirmed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration that a democratic system would eventually be implemented in Hong Kong; no such system […]

by · December 20, 2014 · 0 comments · The Money Issue
The ISIL Business Model

The ISIL Business Model

By RASHI NARAYAN By now, everyone is mostly familiar with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, otherwise known as ISIL. However, many are unaware to how they actually stay afloat. How is this terrorist organization able to fund its estimated 31,000 fighters and take over massive tracts of territory? ISIL has a few main “commodities” in order to […]

by · December 20, 2014 · 0 comments · The Money Issue
Counterterrorism’s Big Business

Counterterrorism’s Big Business

By MARGAUX BAVILSIK In a video released by Osama bin Laden in 2004, the orchestrator of the 9/11 terrorist attacks claimed that “al Qaeda spent $500,000 on the event [9/11]…while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost–according to the lowest estimate–more than $500 billion” (see the transcript here). $500,000–the price of a particularly nice house (or a couple of […]

by · December 20, 2014 · 0 comments · The Money Issue
Failings of Corporate Accountability in Nigerian Oil Production

Failings of Corporate Accountability in Nigerian Oil Production

By LAINEY SCHMIDT In 2011, after a three year investigation, the United Nations Environmental Program produced a report detailing the consequences of the contamination by Shell oil company in an area of Nigeria called Ogoniland.  Though oil operations ceased in 1993 (Shell was driven out of the area because of the pollution and failure to assist the region), little has […]

by · December 20, 2014 · 0 comments · The Money Issue
The Boom of Medical Tourism

The Boom of Medical Tourism

By JESS  THEA Tourism is an evolving global movement that has taken many forms. Traditional tourism, the idea of travelling abroad, has always been on our radar. However, new trends have flourished recently, including “voluntourism,” the idea of doing community service projects abroad, and “medical tourism,” the idea of travelling to foreign nations for medical reasons. Medical tourism last year, […]

by · December 20, 2014 · 0 comments · The Money Issue
Modern Hegemony as China Expands its Reach

Modern Hegemony as China Expands its Reach

By CONOR HAMMOND Hegemony has taken many forms—in 1492 it meant ruling over vast swaths of gold encrusted Central America, in 1607 it meant controlling the fertile woodlands of the Atlantic coast, in 1789 it meant absolute rule of the old world, in 1885 it meant well placed colonies spanning a quarter of the globe. As the world entered the […]

by · December 20, 2014 · 0 comments · The Money Issue