The Overshadowed Olympics

With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics wrapping up, I thought it would be a great time to look back at the Olympics and the many issues which plagued it. The Olympics are meant to be a friendly competition in which the world competes for medals and praise. It is supposed to be the best athletes in the world proudly representing their countries, in a bid to link the world together in a joint event. What happens if the world does not want to link together?

Should Corporations Care about Us?

Corporations often boast new initiatives to reduce their pollution, plastic use, reliance on non-renewable energy, or whatever else is topical in the public discourse. These corporations try to sell these initiatives to the public as corporate social responsibility—companies taking it upon themselves to help their communities and society as a whole. However, the primary motive behind these actions is likely financial. Shifts in regulations and consumer behavior have made it easier for corporations to benefit financially from doing the “right thing.”

Palestine, Settler Colonialism, and the National Question: Part I

On Tuesday, February 1, Amnesty International published a report titled “Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity”—officially joining B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in condemning Israel’s systematic oppression of Palestinians as a criminal act of apartheid.

A Nihilistic State of the Union Drinking Game

With my admittedly nihilistic beliefs at the forefront, I’d like to make a proposition that will be universally well-received: if we’re all going to sit through this, we may as well have a couple of drinks so that it doesn’t feel so damn miserable. This guiding principle led me to put together a drinking game of sorts, although drinking during the SOTU is less of a fun, quirky activity and more of an act of self-preservation.