Why Putin Isn’t That Crazy

By Scott Novak A Guide to Understanding Russia’s Annexation of Crimea I. Introduction: Putin, the Semi-Delusional Autocrat Even though it’s been a year since Russia first occupied Crimea, Western leaders and media still can’t seem to figure out the troublesome international relations anomaly that is Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a…

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The Ethics of Argan Oil

by Hind Berji When most people think of Argan oil, they imagine advertisements showing (usually) “exotic” women with lustrous hair holding rustic-looking bottles of what cosmetic companies call “liquid gold,” but do we understand the ethical and environmental implications of cultivating Argan oil? Due to deforestation, overuse, and the commercial…

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A Mother’s Tale

By Erin Brioso There she stood, on the third story of a rickety metal staircase that led to every room and corner the house had to offer. Her sweet, wrinkled face hid behind an ornate metal windowpane, and her small, shriveled hands were cupped together to welcome me. “Namaste.” Her room was…

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