Articles by: Nicole Weinrauch '20

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi gives a national address in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on September 19.

How The International Community Misunderstands Myanmar

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

  Myanmar’s State Counsellor Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her “non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights,” currently stands accused by all her former admirers of aiding and supporting the “ethnic cleansing” of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority.  In the world’s eyes,Read More

A still from Angelina Jolie’s movie about the Cambodian genocide, First They Killed My Father.

How Angelina Jolie Successfully Sheds Light On A Cambodian Atrocity

October 20, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

  Angelina Jolie’s most recent film project, First They Killed My Father, released September 15, is the latest representation of a major twentieth century genocide this time, set in Cambodia during the 1970s. Like others films of that genre, it is a biographical depiction of a true story: the traumaRead More

President of Singapore Halimah Yacob and her husband wave to supporters in September 2017.

Singapore’s New President Violates Core Singaporean Values

September 29, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

In Singapore, the president is largely a ceremonial figurehead in a system where executive power lies with the prime minister.  However, it’s exactly the symbolic nature of the office and its reflection of core national values that makes this week’s unelected appointment of the country’s eighth president so striking.  OverRead More

The Indonesian Election Reveals a Lack of Moderation

The Indonesian Election Reveals a Lack of Moderation

May 19, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

As in the United States or France, the recent election in Indonesia says a lot about the country’s current political direction. At one point, Indonesia may have been the model for how faith can co-exist with democracy — shining light of religious tolerance and ethnic inclusion of the Muslim worldRead More

Citizens of Hong Kong  gather for the pro-democracy Umbrella Protest.

Democracy: a Dying Breed in Hong Kong

April 14, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

March 26 was a sad day for democracy — a concept that, these days, has become somewhat of an endangered species.  In Hong Kong, thanks to the puppet masters in Beijing, Carrie Lam was “elected” the new chief executive. In fact, election is a rather loose term to describe Mrs.Read More

An anti-referendum poster in Zurich, Switzerland originally stating, “Unchecked naturalization? No to an easier path to citizenship.” 
Vandalized to read “Unchecked incitement? No — Yes to an easier path to citizenship.”

Switzerland’s Immigration Referendum Is No Better Than America’s Muslim Ban

March 31, 2017 at 6:00 am 1 comment

Are you angry about President Trump’s P’00 recent executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority states for 90 days?  Are you outraged over the White House’s plans for “extreme vetting” of these immigrants?  You have every right to be.  The hastily arranged order not only panicked legitimate visa holders and theirRead More

Thawing the New Cold war

February 3, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Vladimir Putin is no angel, no democrat, no moderate, and no sophisticate.  Action shots of the shirtless sixty-five-year-old, intended to inspire admiration for a gallant man by ordinary Russians, don’t inspire me. His repression of political opposition, his anti-LGBT crusade, and other effects of his revival of Russian Orthodoxy easilyRead More

Jerusalem Should Be For All Religions

January 20, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Jerusalem, a city hemmed-in by its surrounding hills, always seems to have a magnified importance — a 5,000-year-old mix of glory and controversy far beyond its actual significance. It’s in the news again, this time in a politicized challenge to its role as the meeting point of the world’s threeRead More

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Duterte’s Regime: Brutal But Effective

October 28, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

I will not defend Duterte’s words. I’ll defend his actions. The things he says, at least the words that get reported internationally, range from ungentlemanly to despicable. I don’t especially care. Bluster is exactly that: bluster. Real change – making tangible improvements to ordinary lives – is what counts in leadership,Read More