Paris Attacks: What No One Will Be Talking About

Last night, at least 120 innocent people were killed in Paris at the hands of terrorists. I doubt I need to expand on the details, since anyone with a computer or a TV will already have heard about the monstrous atrocities that were committed. However, I do think this story highlights two important issues that…

Guns to Your Head

Irwin Schiff, aged 87, died in prison on Friday. I doubt many people even know who he is, or why he ended up spending the last seven years of his life in prison. Yet his story is a perfect illustration of the fact that every government has a loaded gun constantly pointed at your head…

Venezuela: Lessons in Economics

An article in the Guardian on Venezuela wondered how a country rich in natural resources and that exported 93 billion dollars worth of petroleum can be experiencing such severe shortages in basic products. The question is very simple, and it is startling that the author of the article doesn’t manage to answer it, because really it’s just…

Kony 1986

I opened my Facebook yesterday and was greeted by a flood of Kony 2012 faces all over my news feed. I watched the 30 minute documentary, and then thought about it for a bit. How did a 25-year-old conflict suddenly become so popular? How did the video go viral? Of all the documentaries I’ve seen,…

Forgetting History, Remembering the Future

I have always believed that history is a critical tool in understanding present-day issues, and that everyone should have a good, basic, knowledge of history. But sometimes, while it is valuable in understanding the present, it is a great obstacle to moving forward.  Such is the case in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Because in most of…