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The UPS Conundrum: Why is Israel Only Turning Right?

The UPS Conundrum: Why is Israel Only Turning Right?

In 2011, senior vice-president of the private sector shipping company United Parcel Service (UPS) revealed the secret to the company’s growing profits and consistently expeditious deliveries: no left turns. UPS drivers are instructed only to turn right, since “turning right decreases safety hazards [e.g. side-swiping] and delays.”[1] The result is a more efficient use of...
On the Edge of Dystopia: Thoughts from Israel

On the Edge of Dystopia: Thoughts from Israel

Over the summer, as part of her English class, my fourteen year old sister was asked to read George Orwell’s 1984. Halfway through the book, she looked up at me, yellowed pages clenched in the dripping hands of a Tel Aviv heat wave, and asserted, “I know this isn’t going to end well.” I laughed....
The World Cup Conundrum: A Legacy of Loss?

The World Cup Conundrum: A Legacy of Loss?

Pele, Ronaldinho, Kaka. To the common layperson, these names may not mean much, but to football aficionados, they hold the same rank as St Paul or St Joseph do to devout Catholics: holy figures, to be admired and worshipped for their dedication to their cause and their prowess in the field (pun intended). All three...
Bent Nigeria: Religion, Violence, and Boko Haram

Bent Nigeria: Religion, Violence, and Boko Haram

“Brothers pulverised 21 armoured tanks. People were killed in their multitudes, bodies scattered all over…Had Allah allowed us to eat them we would have eaten them but we are not cannibals. This is a victory from Allah. They try to brainwash the people that we are fighting an ethnic war – No, we are fighting...
Print Edition: Why Iraq Wants Assad to Prevail in Syria

Print Edition: Why Iraq Wants Assad to Prevail in Syria

For over two and a half years, the Syrian conflict has served as the bloody fulcrum to events in the Middle East.  This conflict began as as a struggle between an autocratic government and democratically-minded protesters, but has since devolved into a gruesome civil war in which President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling Alawite sect...
‘High’ Politics: Drugs and the Colombian Peace Negotiations

‘High’ Politics: Drugs and the Colombian Peace Negotiations

Leaning back in his chair, the Colombian Country Attaché and Latin American Regional Director of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Jay Bergman, looks somber. “The government of Colombia has sacrificed [for peace] – it has lost hundreds of soldiers and military officers every year. The Colombian police, 175,000 strong, last year lost about...
China's Feminine Touch

China’s Feminine Touch

On Tuesday, November 12th, top officials in the Chinese government emerged from a four day, closed-door conference entitled the Third Plenum, referring to the third time that the new leaders of China conduct a plenary session for the Central Committee, the highest authority within the Communist Party of China Third Plenums have historically served as...
Venezuela: Failed State in the Making?

Venezuela: Failed State in the Making?

“The devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of.” So said the notorious Hugo Chavez, late president of Venezuela, at a United Nations speech in 2006, alluding to George W. Bush’s presence at the United Nations Convention the day before. Venezuela sits nestled between...