the humanitarian cost of Saudi Arabia’s war

“Qasim Shuwe, who was on a school bus hit by a Saudi bomb in a Yemen village in August, standing among the graves of 44 classmates killed in the airstrike.” — Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

On the morning of August 9, 2018, a Saudi Arabian jet sent a bomb manufactured by Lockheed Martin into a busy market and hit a school bus, killing 44 children and 10 adults while wounding dozens others; witnesses described “shrapnel and tiny limbs… scattered for hundreds of yards around.” A spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition acknowledged to CNN that it had intentionally targeted the bus but claimed the bus had no children on board and accused their enemy of using children as human shields.

A brief history of Yemen

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Ideally, no one will know that you’ve robbed a museum. You slip in without triggering the alarm, swipe everything you can, and slip back out. By the time they notice what’s missing, they have no clues and you’re long gone. You only smash and grab when things go wrong and you’re running out of time.

The public is turning against them. Robert Mueller is closing in. The Democrats can smell blood in the water. Republicans are living on borrowed time.

So they’re looting D.C. before they get thrown out.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 election by…

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there’s a quiet, melancholy idealism inherent in depression. it’s not the kind of idealism that inspires ambition. it’s not an idealism that drives the hope of change or curiosity of discovery or pursuit of learning. it’s a lonely idealism, one that lenses all the perceptions of the world. everything around looks lonelier, looks colder, looks sadder. this idealism sees depression in everything, it sees depression as the true state of things, it sees depression as the driving force of existence.

there’s a quiet, melancholy existentialism inherent in depression. it’s not the kind of existential crisis that inspires search for meaning…

A steel furnace in Germany. Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Tariffs have consumed much of the news recently. President Trump has decided, seemingly on impulse, to ignore his economic advisors and push a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. Tariffs have complicated effects on the economy, but I’m an economics major, so here’s a wonkish explanation of how tariffs work.

A tariff is a tax on imports. For example, if the United States government decides to put a tariff on avocados, then foreign avocado growers pay a tax to sell their product in the US that domestic avocado growers don’t. This helps US avocado growers, because…

Edenstar: chapter two

note: here’s chapter one if you missed it

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Nothing brought her greater satisfaction than the dull thud of an arrow finding its target. The buck crumpled to the ground instantly, a growing pool of crimson staining the dirt and underbrush. Time to return to camp, tonight’s meal secured.

Arrow rode into camp just as the sky turned orange. The splendor of the sunrise between the trees distracted from the sinister clouds in the distance, near the mountains, moving quickly toward the camp and threatening to bring with them a deluge. No matter, the cabin would protect them. …

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A gentle roll of thunder bounces between the buildings in the scarlet dusk of this quiet suburb; a rush of wind makes waves of the green grass on the lawns and rustles Spring’s new leaves on the trees that line the asphalt streets. The clouds overhead darken quickly, and passersby hurry to their destinations for fear of this impending rain. Those indoors turn on their heaters and light their fireplaces, hide amongst billows of blankets and pillows, and settle in as night approaches and the rain arrives. A still, steady drip comes shortly, followed by a torrent, but the indoors…

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Snooze the alarm. Snooze it again. Wake and realize you turned it off and now you’re late. Rush through a shower. Skip breakfast, head straight for the car. Forget your wallet, turn around. Arrive a half hour late. Sneak in through the back, no one ever notices. Watch the screensaver on your cubicle’s monitor for fifteen minutes. Drink so much coffee you need a bathroom break. Return in a half hour, take a break at the desk. Daydream. Work for fifty minutes. Take a break. Take another, it’s lunch time. Slip into a food coma, two hour nap at your…

Washington DC, March 2017

2016 was the most divisive election in a generation, but now it’s over. For better or for worse, it’s all over. Moving forward, America has some very obvious issues that need to be addressed in order to prevent another election like this one for another generation, issues like race relations becoming so obviously strained, partisanship inflating out of control, anger and anxiety fostering in rural America, and so many others affecting the people of this great nation. I don’t have the solutions to these issues, and I’m inclined to believe our politicians don’t either. …

In “A Life-or-Death Situation,” author Robin Marantz Henig offers a unique perspective about the challenges surrounding end-of-life care through the story of Brooke Hopkins and Peggy Battin. In her article, Henig examines the issue of physician-assisted suicide through the exceptional setting of Peggy, a philosopher ardently arguing for the right to die, and her husband, Brooke, a mentally-healthy man who finds himself with a broken body. While it may seem the right to die is simply an ethical issue of mercy and autonomy, mercy and autonomy are not the critical points of the debate, the intrinsic value of human life…

In his dialogue, Euthyphro, Plato presents a theological dilemma around the relationship of God (or the gods) to morality. Since the proposition of this dilemma, nearly every religion in the world has attempted to solve the problem it presents. In particular, the monotheistic religions formed after the the golden age of Greece have given special attention to the issue in their doctrine and philosophy; Muslim theologians have essentially settled the matter, with most agreeing on one interpretation, however, the debate endures in Christianity, and its theologians and philosophers have proposed a spectrum of solutions without reaching a clear consensus. …


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