Month: January 2015

Divided loyalties: Christians riding bumper cars

My undergraduate thesis was an attempt to tie together my majors, international relations and social psychology. I looked at identity (as a social psychological concept) among members of non-state actors (a popular category in IR)....

/ January 28, 2015

Foreign policy in 4 years of State of the Union addresses

Syria – “Assad is on the way out… well, unless he’s not” 2012 (1 mention): “And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change cannot...

/ January 21, 2015

Scars

He showed me the spot where the bullet went in. It didn’t look exactly the way it looks in the movies. It looked webby, gnarly, like tree roots. It was a rise, not a depression....

/ January 19, 2015

It’s a long way to Montgomery

Demonstrators march in the streets, hoisting signs and chanting lyrical slogans for rights, for protection, for justice. Some signs bear poignant phrases, others throw accusations, and still others note grievances. There are lawyers out there, and...

/ January 12, 2015

More freely, more fiercely

Journalists are not the enemy. Cartoonists are not the enemy. Satirists are not the enemy. Journalism – the freedom to listen, tell, and share – has become a dangerous profession. Last year saw scores of reporters...

/ January 8, 2015

Celebrate Christmas Again Today with Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas! If you’ve already taken down the tree, retangled the lights, eaten all the cookies, and unwrapped your newest gadgets, fear not; you can still celebrate Jesus’ birth without any of those things. In...

/ January 7, 2015

Just over 30 pieces of amazing journalism from 2014

In 2014 I kept a running tab of the best pieces of news journalism and editorial I came across. “Best” should not be taken to mean it necessarily represents my views, only that it is...

/ January 5, 2015