Pasta, Beaches and Earthquakes: Tremors in Ischia

Monday night, an earthquake on the Italian island Ischia killed at least one, injured dozens. The Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, is in its peak during this tourist season. It is also home to 500,000 locals. On Monday, August 20, 2017, tourists and locals alike were rocked by an earthquake. In Casamicciola, where the earthquake hit the hardest, a hospital and … Continue reading Pasta, Beaches and Earthquakes: Tremors in Ischia

What’s the Big Deal about Charlottesville? Unpacking the Hysteria

One week ago, a protest in the small town of Charlottesville took the United States by storm. To many foreign onlookers, the violent response to a statue, of all things, might seem exaggerated. But to citizens of the United States, Charlottesville was about much more than a hunk of stone. Here’s why. Continue reading “What’s the Big Deal about Charlottesville? Unpacking the Hysteria”

Why should we care about China’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Chinese presence in Latin America and the Caribbean can be traced back to nineteenth and twentieth century migrants who established diasporic groups across the region. Chinese Latin Americans are found across the entire continent, intermingling with local cultures and social norms. Economically, however, the People’s Republic of China began to show more interest in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 2000s with the introduction … Continue reading Why should we care about China’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Marry the Rapist: The Repulsive Laws of Lebanon

In the event a legal marriage is concluded between the person who committed [crimes including rape, kidnapping and statutory rape] and the victim, prosecution shall be stopped and in case a decision is rendered, the execution of such decision shall be suspended against the person who was subject to it. – Article 522 of the Lebanese Penal Code It truly is amazing how much repulsive … Continue reading Marry the Rapist: The Repulsive Laws of Lebanon