Why Government Intervention in the Economy is Necessary

Capitalism drives innovation. There is almost no doubt in that statement, considering today most of the world lives in one system or another that thrives based on some version of a “free market.” It would be foolish however to also ignore the great costs that these systems bring. When profit is the motive, firms don’t…

Kurdistan: A History of the Middle-East’s Largest Quasi-State

Who are the Kurds? In the Middle East, scattered amongst Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, lives the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region: the Kurds. Inhabiting the mountainous regions along the borders corresponding roughly to the Zagros and Taurus ranges, they are united by race, culture and language, but despite their strong ethnic character and…

Educating Ourselves In Singapore’s Educational Model

A country’s long-term success is only as good as its educational programs. No nation can succeed in bettering itself without an educational system that strives to empower its youth with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to replace, and perhaps even surpass, its previous generation. With this in mind, the analysis of the world’s best…

Opinion: Ontario Free Speech Mandate A Win, and Not Just for ‘Reactionaries’

As announced August 30 by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, publicly assisted Ontario post-secondary schools will soon be required to implement a policy that meets his administration’s standards. These include: A definition of free speech Principles borrowed from the University of Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression That existing disciplinary measures apply to students who…

Ford Distracts Media While He Trashes Ontario

On Friday, July 27th, Doug Ford personally surprised the entire province of Ontario with the sudden announcement that he and his PC government would be taking immediate steps to drastically reduce the Toronto City Council in size, less than three months before an election. Since Friday, the Ontario PCs have introduced legislative amendments to begin…

A Brief History and Analysis of Iran–Israeli Relations

Iran calls Israel “The Little Satan.” Israel calls Iran “the greatest threat to [its] security”. It’s evident that Israel and Iran don’t exactly have warm relations. But, Iran was the second Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel in 1948. Under the Shah of Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution, the two countries did enjoy close and…

Why We Shouldn’t Care About The Dow Crashing

One cannot say no one saw this coming. The headlines, however, were alarmist as ever. The source of their doomsday tone: on Monday of this week, the DOW Jones index tumbled over 1,100 points in the United States’ biggest one-day stock fall since 2011. After weeks of boasting stock markets that were “smashing one record…

Google Proposes a Plan to Make Toronto Smarter

Google intends to ‘fix’ Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. But, this is not the reason as to why Google picked Toronto as their first Smart Innovative City. The reason might not be something Toronto fans look forward to reading about. It is not unpleasant but it is a true focal point for…

Trump’s Strategy of Political Maneuvering While His Country is Distracted

Donald Trump is currently the most disliked president compared to any other in modern American history, currently sitting at an approval rating of 37% according to Gallup. According to the same polling data, 58% of Americans disapprove of the president today, and he hasn’t even completed his ninth month in office. Compared to every single…

Gerrymandering: How to Rig a Democratic Election

Many politicians in Western countries seem to understand the importance of fair elections. They boast about their own democratic system, and how it indicates their superiority over countries such as Russia and China, which are generally perceived to have fewer and more poorly executed elections. But are Western elections really “democratic”? Gerrymandering is the act of…

A New Dawn For Canada’s Indigenous Community?

After centuries of enduring unkept promises and what many consider an ethnic and cultural genocide, it seems there is new hope for Canada’s Aboriginal community.  On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his decision to dissolve the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, or INAC, and replace it with two new ministries: Carolyn…

African Elections Season

“This is probably going to be considered as the tightest race in the Kenyan political history as the polls are unable to indicate who exactly will emerge as the winner.”

Opinion: Aftermath of the Venezuela Vote

Openly condemned by the world, Maduro’s win is already proving troublesome for the South American nation, from sanctions to missing politicians and police brutality. On August 30, the polls were opened in Venezuela. Maduro’s Socialist Party hailed victorious. Officials said 8.1 million citizens cast their vote. Yet the opposition estimates the true number was anywhere…

From Panama to Iqama: Justice not yet served in Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif, the disqualified three-termed prime minister of Pakistan, landed into dilemma when the Panama papers came out in May 2016. That when Pakistan started discovering about Sharif’s ‘sharif’ traits. (sharif; Urdu for honorable and noble) Pakistan, the sixth most inhabited country, with a third world status came to know more about Panama papers. Pakistanis turned…

Violent Ethnic Politics: The 2017 Kenyan Elections

Should it not be a universally accepted rule of any democracy, that losing parties will accept the electoral result peacefully? It unfortunately seems as though power-hungry politicians worldwide are neglecting their commitments towards upholding national solidarity in their own, selfish personal interests. Donald Trump is and will not be the only fanatical crybaby who induced…

Why We Still Need Affirmative Action

Education shouldn’t be about race. Ideally, education would be about providing every student with an equal opportunity to succeed in their lives; and thus, the acceptance of a student into a university would be based solely on their merit. However, we live in a world of harsh realities, not one of perfect endings. Students from…