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The Ripple Effect: Vote to keep protesting, keep protesting to vote

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

October 10, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

A presidential candidate accumulates enough loathing that he gets stabbed during a campaign rally. A presidential candidate racks up enough popularity that he leaves the opposition trailing behind him by 15 percent in the first round of voting. The two candidates are the same man. Jair Bolsonaro, a...

The Ripple Effect: Immigrants are facing ever-growing barriers

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 26, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

Immigrants who make use of public benefits may now be denied green cards, according to new rules drawn up by Trump administration officials. Those who continue doing so could be labeled a “public charge,” disqualifying them from contention for a green card. In the past, only people who make a majority of their income from government cash assistance has been considered a public charge by the U.S. government,...

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

The Ripple Effect: India, individual rights and the ghost of imperialism

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 12, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

We like to think of rights as a footrace. Imagine it: a cohort of runners, representing countries from around the world, standing at the ready in a stadium filled with wide-eyed watchers. The starter pistol goes off. Some runners immediately give up. Others end up inches from the finish lin...

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

The Ripple Effect: Culture is not a one-way street

May 23, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

I f you’ve ever found yourself smiling vacantly at relatives during family reunions because they’re speaking too fast for you, despite the fact that they’re also speaking in a language you’ve technically known since birth, then congratulations! Cultural assimilation, or integration into a cultur...

The Ripple Effect: A Cuban continuation

The Ripple Effect: A Cuban continuation

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

April 25, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

Cuba’s new president was named last Thursday. The plot twist? His name isn’t Castro. Yes, for the first time in decades, someone unrelated to Fidel Castro holds that office: Miguel Diaz-Canel. It’s no surprise, seeing as he was selected to be the first vice president in 2013. But apart from ...

The Ripple Effect: You’re only elected twice (or thrice, or four times)

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

March 28, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

"The shocking results of the Russian presidential election last week caught the world off-guard!” Or, at least, that would be the first sentence of an article written in an alternate universe. Rather, the least surprising outcome resulted from the election: Vladimir Putin is, for a fourth term, pr...

The Ripple Effect: The political facades of cuddling lambs and shaking hands

The Ripple Effect: The political facades of cuddling lambs and shaking hands

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

March 7, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

So, here we go again. In the vein of Marine Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Frauke Petry in Germany, the Italian general elections on Sunday skewed hard towards populists, the far-right and skepticism aimed at the European Union. Over half of the votes cast, according ...

The Ripple Effect: Where the triple Salchow meets foreign relations

The Ripple Effect: Where the triple Salchow meets foreign relations

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

February 7, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, Showcase, The Ripple Effect

If you tune in at the right moment to the right channel this Friday, you’ll be just in time to watch athletes in matching outfits meander along a path. Crowds will roar. National pride will sizzle. International amity will simmer. Now, I’m talking about the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongCha...

The Ripple Effect: Being frank about our lingua franca

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

January 10, 2018


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, Showcase, The Ripple Effect

What language do you speak? I like to say that at most, I’m bilingual-and-a-half, although it depends on whether my third grade language arts class, my Spanish teacher or my mother is passing the judgment. One of the languages I count in my comprehension is, obviously, English, which is the most widely studi...

The Ripple Effect: The Zimbabwean media’s happily-ever-after?

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 29, 2017


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

It’s like the prologue to a fairy tale. The man who had been involved in Zimbabwean politics since the country’s independence and been as polarizing in his nation as he’s been a symbol of liberation, President Robert Mugabe, has resigned after a series of head-scratching events. He fired his ...

The Ripple Effect: Flattery, foreign relations and forbidden shrimp

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 15, 2017


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

Out of all the coverage of Donald Trump’s recent trip to Asia, I didn’t expect to read stories about the president eating something controversial. No, he didn’t reject a traditional meal cooked by another leader’s great-grandmother; rather, according to the BBC, he was served prawns from t...

The Ripple Effect: Looking ahead for Catalonia

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 1, 2017


Filed under Aishwarya Jayadeep, Opinion, The Ripple Effect

Consider: a region has its own language, its own flag, its own — wait, I’ve been over this before. It’s been two weeks since I last addressed the secessionist rumbles in Catalonia, and here we are again. The issue, simply to recap, is this: secessionists in Catalonia, a region in Spain, ...