Pro-democracy movement needs to first regroup, then fight on


For the past month, thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the streets of Hong Kong in protest of China’s decision to have an appointed committee screen candidates for the semiautonomous city’s elections in lieu of transparent universal suffrage. The leaders of the movement — dubbed the Umbrella Revolution by some — announced Sunday that they […]

Royals’ underdog hype needs reexamination


It was 1985 when the Kansas City Royals last went to the World Series. Nylon spandex, mullets and David Hasselhoff were all the rage. Cell phones were the size of my face. Now, almost three decades later, the Royals have entered the World Series arena once again. USA Today called their success remarkable. Their journey […]

Strong U.S.-Israeli ties must continue to be sustained


On the evening of Oct. 22, Trojans for Israel (TFI) — the USC student group dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship — hosted its annual dinner gala. This year’s event was dedicated to creating a dialogue about American-Israeli partnerships and research on keeping servicemen healthy and emotionally stable on and […]

Wake up, America: Detroit’s people need help


The media magicians have pulled their greatest switcheroo yet: convincing the nation to care more about the Ebola virus than violations of basic human rights happening in Detroit. The following is intended to reverse that trend.   You read that right, by the way: Detroit. Not Baghdad, Kabul, Damascus or Guantanamo. Detroit, Michigan — an […]

Saudi Arabia must abide by international law


Two months ago, Said Boumedouha, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme, said, “The recent increase in executions is a deeply disturbing deterioration. The authorities must act immediately to halt this cruel practice.” Considering the context of the current situation in the Middle East, Boumedouha might appear to be referring to […]

Tarpischev’s sexist remarks are a disgrace


For anyone who knows anything about tennis, Serena and Venus Williams stand out for their intense and incredible skills on the court. Despite this, in a recent television program, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev, called the Williams sisters the “Williams brothers” and said that “it’s scary when you really look at […]

Egg freezing fails to reconcile motherhood and career success


In a bold move that echoes a tech-utopian fantasy, Apple and Facebook are now telling their female employees: “We will pay to freeze your eggs.” Facebook has recently begun covering the costly procedure as part of its insurance benefits, and Apple plans to offer its package deal starting in January. The seemingly generous offer has […]