Politics

Hostile Architecture: Alienating Identities in Urban Spaces

Hostile Architecture: Alienating Identities in Urban Spaces

Rather than dealing with difficult issues like homelessness, hostile design simply puts them out of sight and out of mind. It pushes those deemed unworthy of belonging to the “public” to the fringes, drawing a clear line that marks who belongs in our shared spaces and who does not.

Can the Vietcong speak?: Opposing the Vietnam War from Paris

Can the Vietcong speak?: Opposing the Vietnam War from Paris

If we let the Vietnamese speak for themselves, we realize that we need to call a spade a spade: it was not only an act of American aggression in which the US tries to step into the shoes of the old imperial powers of Europe. The synthesis reached by Nguyen, Hoang, and many of the anti-war student movements in Paris – between communism, anticolonialism, and an opposition to the war –succeeded in implicating the US as such.


Make Way for the Emperor of Japan: The United States

Make Way for the Emperor of Japan: The United States

Japan has a family-like structure in which everyone strives to obey and respect the Emperor, who is the head of this national family. According to Maruyama, he keeps the balance and without him, the family structure would be dismantled. However, this form has been deeply embedded in culture since 1868 and has kept its course even when the Emperor renounced his divinity. This paved the way for the United States to adopt the Emperor-like image that was necessary in the cultural seams of Japan.

Effacing the Indigenous: The External Manufacture of Indigeneity and Its Consequence

Effacing the Indigenous: The External Manufacture of Indigeneity and Its Consequence

Indigeneity has been subject to religious and cultural otherization and temporal and spatial sequestering, which has rendered it prior, separate, and incongruent with Americanism. Thus, the history of the United States is marred with the systematic de-indigenization of persons and land and, yet, Native Americans are continuously omitted from American educational curricula and racial debate.

English or Urdu: What should Pakistan’s language be?

English or Urdu: What should Pakistan’s language be?

Some are praising the decision as an attempt to preserve Urdu, and by extension, the Pakistani culture. But, an increasing number of Pakistanis are choosing to neglect Urdu and Pakistan’s regional languages in favor of English, due to English’s status as the global common language and as a signifier of socioeconomic prestige.

Women's Testimony and the Language of Accusation

Women's Testimony and the Language of Accusation

Anita Hill was a law professor at Oklahoma University when she gave her testimony while Christine Blasey Ford is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University. Both women faced the task of discrediting their attackers, who dismissed their accusations as slander. Both received death threats. Both found themselves at the center of a national conversation.  

Gender Divides in the Language of International Soccer

Gender Divides in the Language of International Soccer

The use of gendered language and rhetoric in the context of international soccer has resulted in the general international regard for women’s soccer as being secondary to men’s and trivialized in comparison. This undoubtedly has influenced general issues that exist in relation to sexism in the world of soccer and leads us to question how much inequality between the two genders remains within FIFA.

Fascist Language in American Political Discourse

Fascist Language in American Political Discourse

Fascist’ is commonly used by both sides of the political spectrum to discredit the other. Its connotations are rich and varied, but its primary use is to insinuate that another’s viewpoint is hate-filled, totalitarian, antiquated, dangerous, stupid or just plain wrong.

Political Campaigning in the Digital Age: Memes, Livestreams, Twitter and Female Candidates

Political Campaigning in the Digital Age: Memes, Livestreams, Twitter and Female Candidates

There is no quick solution to addressing this problem, but it seems that female candidates — especially democratic, pro-choice ones — can benefit from utilizing social media to face the misogynistic critiques that they receive.

Communication in the Global Village: How Technology can fuel Political Participation and Deepen divisions

Communication in the Global Village: How Technology can fuel Political Participation and Deepen divisions

As the technological acceleration of society leads to increased tension, it is our responsibility, as citizens, to not let this battle control us. We must reconsider what it means to truly communicate in the Global Village.

Automated: The Arab World in 2030

Automated: The Arab World in 2030

Artificial intelligence is changing the way countries interact. By 2030, AI technology is forecasted to contribute more money to the global economy than the current output of China and India combined, and nearly $230 billion will flow directly into the economy of the Middle East.