World Affairs

Do the Economic Benefits of Fracking Outweigh the Risk of Pollution...

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking," is a method of extracting natural gas by drilling wells and then shooting liquids at high pressures...

Ethics of the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Recently, the P5+1 powers (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, plus Germany) have taken interest in reducing the amount of nuclear weaponry in Iran....

Banning Beef in India

In the most recent election in India, the Hindu Nationalist Party (BJP) won. In the state of Maharashtra, the new government has banned the possession...

Banning “India’s Daughter”

The film "India's Daughter" has stirred up controversy worldwide over the past few days. The film details the brutal gang rape of 23-year-old Jyoti...

Cannabis and Cancer

An Australian man was arrested and stripped of his parental rights after treating his 2-year-old daughter with cannabis oil. Adam Koessler's daughter has been...

Can You Own Yoga?

Can you own an ancient practice? India has recently appointed a "Minister of Yoga" to the Cabinet, and begun compiling a library that demonstrates...
A photo of the Buchenwald concentration camp today.

Repurposing Buchenwald: Housing Refugees

Should refugees seeking asylum be housed in former concentration camp barracks? Schwerte, Germany, is planning to house 20 asylum seekers in a satellite post...
A photo of an iPhone in a charging dock

What the Government Can See and No More?

If the government can't see it, should you be allowed to communicate with it? British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that if he...
A sign for a medical facility in Sierra Leone.

Ebola in the News

Although the American news coverage has dropped off significantly, the death toll in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues to rise. It is...

Conflict Antiquities: Is there a Future for the Past?

This Guest Scholar post was written by Rebecca Schindler, professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University.  Seven thousand years of history in the Middle East...