Will the East African Community Achieve a Political Federation?

Articles 123-125 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC) provides for cooperation in political affairs as a pre-requisite to the formation of a political federation, which is the fourth and final step to achieving complete regional integration amongst the EAC member states– namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and…

Environment, Economy & Ethnic Cleansing: Brazil’s Tribe Murders

A previously uncontacted Amazonian tribe attacked, 10 killed in the search for gold in August, killers taken into custody. Illegal gold miners from São Paulo, Brazil have been detained on suspicion of killing an estimated eight to ten members of a previously uncontacted Indigenous tribe living in the Javari Valley near the Peruvian border after…

Counting the Cost of Nature’s Overturn: Are we forcing Nature’s Hand?

The wake of hurricane Irma along the Caribbean and Southeastern United States has raised concerns over whether nature at its best is starting to show its negative side. The Atlantic has reported on Irma’s case in Florida as one ‘that will go down as one the most infamous in Atlantic Hurricane history,’ one that has…

Gerrymandering: How to Rig a Democratic Election

Many politicians in Western countries seem to understand the importance of fair elections. They boast about their own democratic system, and how it indicates their superiority over countries such as Russia and China, which are generally perceived to have fewer and more poorly executed elections. But are Western elections really “democratic”? Gerrymandering is the act of…

A Tipping Point Crossed: Dawn of the Freak Storms

The annual Atlantic Hurricane Season generally fails to pique the interest of the international community, save for the North and Central American nations which are forced to deal with massive evacuations, grueling emergency patrols and pricey relief funds every year. However, the recent barrage by a seemingly endless succession of frenzied hurricanes have been arousing…

Effective Cyclical Sanitation for Girls Need Loud Voices, Not Silenced Periods

Sanitation and development are intersectional topics that are widely recognized and discussed– except for a particular topic which halts girls and women’s daily routine. Every month, a girl somewhere around the world will miss school, be psychologically distressed, socially excluded all because of a natural body function: the menstruation cycle.   According to UNICEF, one…

How to become the President of China

We are all familiar with how democracy works in a Western society. Government officials are elected, and when the people think that they are not good fits for the position, they elect someone else to replace them. However, things are quite different in an autocratic society, where the people don’t get to vote. So how…

Opinion: Democracy cannot work in China for now

I am not a Chinese propagandist, nor am I in any way affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party. But today I want to be as objective as possible and tell you why China, at least for now, cannot have a democracy like in the West. China has a long history of autocracy. From as early…

Decoding India’s Inherent Behavior Towards Waste Management

Anyone who has been to India from outside will wonder why is it not so clean here. But we have not been always like this. Can you recall the Indian movies of the 80s and 90s consisting of song videos shot betwixt a beauteous backdrop with serene and green meadows? Not very long back, I’m…

A Sanctuary State in the Trump Era

As the state’s legislative year draws to a close this morning, California’s lawmakers are preparing to return to their home districts. They are not scheduled to reconvene in the state’s capital, Sacramento, until January of 2018. But during the final forty-eight hours of their working period this year, the State’s Senators and Assemblymembers debated and…

The Bad Behind AirBnb

Anyone who has travelled anywhere has likely heard someone recommend AirBnb. The site has taken the tourism and hospitality industry by storm with 150 million users as of March 2017.   AirBnb has grown fast, it’s an incredible company that is a must for any traveller. It’s innovative, different, and expanding so fast, but there…