Why We Should All Eat Insects

I had just listened to a speech by Secretary of State John Kerry at the United Nations Social Good Summit in New York City, when I decided to take a break and walk outside for a while. The summit was held at the 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit Jewish community center, and during the event, a street festival was taking place outside to celebrate the neighborhood’s diversity with performances from various countries. After bumping into a few friends that were campaigned for a local state senate candidate, an ice cream…

Rethinking Multiculturalism: How Can Europe Integrate Millions of Refugees?

I was there when it happened. It was New Year’s Eve, and my best friend and I had just left a nightclub in the inner city of Hamburg when we were suddenly in the middle of a throng of people. It was impossible to move; the entire street was crowded with hundreds of people crushed together. When people started pushing each other, the entire situation spiraled out of control. A few meters away an adjacent girl started screaming, telling a group of men to stop touching her; they persisted. She…

In Defense of John Kasich

Two weeks ago, Gov. John Kasich received a lot of criticism from the conservative base of the Republican Party for his debate performance. Many cited their annoyance, while some called him a liberal – a derogatory name that can damage the reputation of any Republican candidate. Fox News contributor Erick Erickson described him as an “insufferable, angry man.” He continued, “Kasich tried to stand out by yelling and interrupting, but it did not work for him. He came across as a temper tantrum prone child while claiming to be the…

The Warm Heart of Germany’s Iron Lady

Looking back two years, one can recall the all too familiar sight of the Greek people demonstrating in the streets of Athens, holding up signs depicting Angela Merkel clad in an SS uniform and with a penciled in Hitler mustache. Not withstanding the fact that her actions in dealing with European crises, namely the Greek debt crisis, have divided Europe, some see her as the new ‘Iron Lady’ of the European Union. For the past ten years, she has governed Germany rationally, thoughtfully, and pragmatically. Some have criticized Merkel for…