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

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

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 29, 2017


Filed under 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 old...

The Ripple Effect: Flattery, foreign relations and forbidden shrimp

The Ripple Effect: Flattery, foreign relations and forbidden shrimp

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 15, 2017


Filed under 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 the...

The Ripple Effect: Looking ahead for Catalonia

The Ripple Effect: Looking ahead for Catalonia

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

November 1, 2017


Filed under 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, called an ind...

The Ripple Effect: What’s in a vote?

The Ripple Effect: What’s in a vote?

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

October 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, The Ripple Effect, Uncategorized

Consider: a region has its own language, its own flag, its own parliament, its own police force and control over some matters of public life like its own healthcare and schools. Could it be a country? The potential nation-to-be at hand is Catalonia, a part of northeastern Spain that boasts Barcel...

The Ripple Effect: Europe’s chain reaction

The Ripple Effect: Europe’s chain reaction

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

October 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, The Ripple Effect

If ever I could point at something and call it a political chain reaction, it would be the series of elections in Europe this past year. In France, way back in May, Marine Le Pen’s pro-France-and-only-France National Front (FN) party was absolutely trumped by Emmanuel Macron and his party, En Marche...

The Ripple Effect: Refugees are not the death of your culture

The Ripple Effect: Refugees are not the death of your culture

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

September 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion, The Ripple Effect

T he Silicon Valley is a bubble of diversity. It’s a point I never refute when someone brings it up in a debate about culture and immigration. After all, this is the place where I can walk down the street and get almost anything from gyro to naan, and then wash it down with some all-American Star...

The Ripple Effect: Information is a right (column)

The Ripple Effect: Information is a right (column)

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

May 21, 2017


Filed under Opinion, The Ripple Effect

UNESCO tells us that information is a human right. This is a fact you may not have known about if you’d been stripped of that right — a quick, searchable fact that’s backed up by several sources like Wikipedia. But if you live in Turkey, sorry! Wikipedia’s been blocked there since April 2...

The Ripple Effect: Don’t forget climate change

The Ripple Effect: Don’t forget climate change

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

April 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion, The Ripple Effect

According to CNN, six Obama-era executive orders regarding climate change moderation were recently retracted to preserve American jobs. But when jobs are prioritized over the planet’s well-being, it’s time to be concerned. And when, according to Fox News, the president of the United States h...

The Ripple Effect: Lasting impacts

The Ripple Effect: Lasting impacts

By Aishwarya Jayadeep

March 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion, The Ripple Effect

Across the Atlantic Ocean, the rising xenophobic sentiment following Donald Trump’s rise to president is key in this year’s European elections - from the French presidential decision to the Dutch parliamentary election -  as candidates there utilize its surge in popularity. And no matter who wins i...

“Logan,” an overrated, misguided Western, fails to make up for a flimsy plotline

“Logan,” an overrated, misguided Western, fails to make up for a flimsy plotline

By Mark Lu

March 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

Yes, that’s right. I did not enjoy “Logan.” It’s actually not that terrible of a movie. The action sequences are well executed and Hugh Jackman did an excellent job portraying a mentally-wounded warrior with many scars, as did Patrick Stewart with Professor X. Newcomer Dafne Keen impresses a...

The Reel: Tension

The Reel: Tension

By Mark Lu

March 6, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

Any sort of on-screen entertainment must invoke emotion in the viewer. Sadness, happiness, anger, pity, laughter, the invocation of emotion is pretty much the definition of entertainment. In order to maximize the extent of this emotion, movies need to employ plot development or character developme...

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

The Reel: The five least-boring Best Picture winners of the 21st century

By Mark Lu

February 25, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, The Ripple Effect

The Academy Awards is made up of 6,687 members who vote every year on the best movie of the year, through a weird voting style called “instant-runoff voting” in which voters rank the nominations in the order in which they enjoyed each one. This is a much more complicated process that seeks to choose a ...

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