Coronavirus and the economy

During previous global financial crises—not to say they are a frequent occurrence—emerging markets have continued to bolster the world’s economy. For instance, manufacturing powerhouses like China and India have registered high growth in such times. However, the Coronavirus crisis has forced every economy into crisis. This eliminates the possibility of an export-driven recovery; instead, the U.S. must focus on addressing …

A look at GMOs

The increasing prevalence of GMOs has led many to question whether genetically modified organisms – particularly crops – have any net benefits or harms to society. To make a decision on whether GMOs can be wholly considered positive or negative depends on the issues, ethical or otherwise, we choose to value.  Firstly, GMO crops can wield tremendous influence in developing …

An open letter to Asian-Americans during COVID-19: Opinion

SUNSET PARK, NY — Last Sunday night, surveillance footage captured a 39-year-old Asian woman being blitz-attacked with acid spray by an unknown perpetrator outside her Brooklyn home. She was left with second-degree chemical burns on her neck, back, shoulder, and face, the NYPD reports. I’ll admit, amongst the chaos and tragedy surrounding global health today, the first thing that comes …

Urban Sprawl: A brief history of the causes and effects of the expansion of our cities.

A sad yet realistic look into LA's urban sprawl catastrophe

LOS ANGELES – For all it’s glitz and glamour, the city of angels isn’t as revered as its residents may believe. Along with the celebrities, weather, and unique laid-back aura, Los Angeles is perhaps more infamously known nationwide for its dreaded urban sprawl. Compared with cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington, which boast tight city centers and …

Climate change is destroying marine habitats

Perhaps one of the most devastating impacts of climate change is the degradation of marine habitats. With over 17,000 species that call the ocean home — and likely hundreds of thousands more — the destruction of ocean habitats disrupts the food chain and poses a major threat to biodiversity and the survival of Earth’s species as a whole. It’s no …

The 2020 Election: Part One

We are glad to announce our upcoming coverage of the 2020 election, both the DNC primary process as well as the general election. We have posted our first coverage of the primary election in the form of six articles written by our editorial staff concerning the candidates that we consider the be viable contenders for the nomination. Strong arguments often …

Putin — Statement

Earlier today, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin announced that he would push through reforms that would shift some of the powers of the presidency to the Russian parliament and the prime minister. Putin intends to let parliament choose candidates for prime minister and the cabinet as well as setting a two-term limit for the presidency.  This reform would severely weaken …

Interview with MA Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser

Please note that this interview has been lightly edited for clarity. As part of our ongoing series on education reform, we interviewed Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser. Before his appointment by Governor Charlie Baker, Peyser served as an education advisor to Governers Bill Weld, Jane Swift, and Mitt Romney. Onto the interview! Q: Introduce yourself! A: My name is …