“Jan Lokpal not Joke Pal” – A Review of India’s Anti-Corruption Efforts

Fighting Corruption in India Slideshow On November 8, 2016, in an effort to “tackle counterfeiting Indian banknotes, to effectively nullify black money hoarded in cash and curb funding of terrorism with fake notes”[1] the Central Bank of India announced that it would withdraw the legal tender status of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1,000 denominations of banknotes … Continue reading “Jan Lokpal not Joke Pal” – A Review of India’s Anti-Corruption Efforts

A Tale of Two Narratives – The Issue of Evidence in Khan Sheikhoun

On Thursday April 6, 2017, two American naval vessels fired 59 cruise missiles towards the Al-Sharyat airbase in Syria targeting the facilities and airplanes stationed there. The official reason behind the strike was that it was in response to a government chemical weapons attack a few days earlier on April 4th at Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Narratives – The Issue of Evidence in Khan Sheikhoun

The Necessity of Radicalism – Learning the Lesson of ‘17

The year 2017, like 1917, will go down in the annals of history as one marked by radical change. Though separated by a century, activists and revolutionaries of both times fight a similar struggle, against similar influences, and in similar ways. But times have also changed, and the lessons from the last bloody century must … Continue reading The Necessity of Radicalism – Learning the Lesson of ‘17

Shame, Badness, and Socrates’ Theory of Punishment in Plato’s Gorgias

In the midst of battle in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Orleans tells Bourbon that his forces could overcome the English if order could be restored and Bourbon replies, “The devil take order now! I’ll to the throng. Let life be short, else shame will be too long.” His impatience for restoring the order necessary for victory … Continue reading Shame, Badness, and Socrates’ Theory of Punishment in Plato’s Gorgias

I Left My Heart at Standing Rock: Native American Vulnerability Status under International Human Rights Law

Introduction Starting in August 2016, a growing movement of Native American tribes and allies have been engaged in daily protest. Their target: The Dakota Access Pipeline. The DAPL is an oil pipeline designed to transport oil as part of the larger Bakken pipeline project.[1] The Bakken project aims to connect newly accessed crude shale oil … Continue reading I Left My Heart at Standing Rock: Native American Vulnerability Status under International Human Rights Law

Losing Sight of Civilian Protection in Kashmir

In the last days of September of 2016 the armed forces of India conducted what it called “surgical strikes” against claimed terrorist targets inside Pakistan. Though the term “surgical strike” conjures up images of relatively small, precise and limited air strikes or small special-ops missions like the one that killed Osama bin Laden, the term … Continue reading Losing Sight of Civilian Protection in Kashmir