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Rhea Karuturi

System failure report

When I first started watching Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, I was struck by his comment that women who had quit their comedy careers because Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them had “brittle spirits.” It seemed so callous to me, so devoid of empathy, that even as he tried to explain that his experiences gave him…

Net neutrality: More than just fast lanes

If you haven’t been hit by major 2014 nostalgia recently, it’s because you either missed the headlines then, or you have given up reading the news now. Because yet again, net neutrality is the trending topic of the day. Net neutrality, painted in popular coverage as vital, important and immediate and yet never fully explained,…

A new tax plan and an old conversation

On Thursday, as we were stumbling out of midterms or watching a great movie (thank you Cardinal Nights!), House Republicans unveiled their broad tax overhaul plan. As reported in AP News, it’s a plan that will touch all Americans: bringing together lower tax rates for corporations and a reduction on personal taxes with fewer deductions…

The echoes of #MeToo

The argument that social media activism is just slacktivism has been made one too many times. Every time there’s a new movement, a new hashtag — with it comes the slew of articles calling social media the saving grace of our generation and the responses arguing that these platforms simply absolve complacent users of doing anything…

Puerto Rico and tech plutocracies

When there are disasters, there are calls for action. And often, we look towards those with power and, almost synonymously, to those with wealth, to step in and help those left in such a scary situation. And with the immense damage left behind by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the technology giants of Silicon Valley…

New beginnings and old mistakes

Every year, I imagine what it’ll be like to arrive on campus — to be starting the new year. Memorial Church emerging from behind the palm trees, seeing the sun shine on Hoover Tower, running up to my roommate and doing that annoyingly enthusiastic but somehow entirely genuine “I missed you” routine. And funnily enough,…

Covfefe meets Paris

But those facts shouldn’t make covfefe the leading story of the day. Even though President Trump has not announced his final decision on the Paris climate agreement, according to CNN, two senior US officials familiar with the President’s plan have recently said that he is likely to keep his campaign promises and back out of the deal.

Rape anxiety

It’s a general feeling of fear — it’s having to weigh the chance that you won’t be safe when deciding if you want to go to a meeting across campus at 9:30 p.m. And the more I talk about it with my friends, that more we kept coming back to the same ideas: it is so real to us, this fear.

The divided states of America

My concern is that somehow our politics has come to a stage where when we lose or face defeat we immediately move to these extreme options. What does it mean for our democracy that when we disagree with our president, we move to secede?

On compassion and security

But recently, I’ve been reading the National Review, in an attempt to see the other side, and I came across an article that made me sit up. Not because it convinced me that immigrants shouldn’t be allowed in the country, but it was in reading this article that I realized that there are so many arguments of the right that aren’t being engaged at all.

The politics of distance

The idea lingered: that religion, by being defined in separation from the state, could offer a place for people to be political in ways that weren’t accepted by those in power.

Watching Trump

Over the last week, President Trump has expectedly dominated headlines. But beyond reports about his inauguration turnout, the subsequent lie told by his press secretary Sean Spicer, and the media’s reaction to that lie, some stories have fallen to the wayside, and some went completely unreported.

American dreaming

My problem with Obama isn’t the more traditional, pointed kind that I can tie to a real issue, policy or decision. I have those too, but this one is more persistent, more vague, and it’s partly our fault. My problem with Obama is that we like him too much.

Words for what we had

It hurts in a way that is hard to explain — to be sitting in the Women’s Community Center — to be in this packed room with people of every race and gender, and to witness the tears in their eyes as they watched in slow motion, with mounting disbelief, how Trump won this election. To watch them do the math and then do it in every other way possible — to hear them talk about what law, what policy, what right they can reasonably expect to lose, should he win.

Sophomore slump, or, second loves

To call it a sophomore slump seems flippant. "Sophomore slump” sounds worn out, like a catch phrase with some cheap alliteration. Personally, those two words don’t quite capture how this year feels.

What’s news on Facebook

This past week, Facebook has been addressing allegations that the platform suppresses conservative news sources in its trending topics section – and the response has been clear: There is no evidence of wrongdoing, but Facebook will investigate to ensure any missteps will be addressed. The allegations first levied by Gizmodo are that Facebook’s “news curators”…

China and foreign NGOs

This Thursday, China passed a new law that has attracted the world’s attention. It is a law that increases police supervision of foreign NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and affects almost 7,000 foreign NGOs. The law gives the government more control over the workings of these organizations and makes it mandatory for the NGOs to have local…

The drama of privilege

A presidential race always prompts a reckoning in the country. It poses several questions to those who want to lead, but perhaps even more to the voters picking a leader. The race reveals what Americans care about, their fears and their dreams. The current presidential race is no exception — and the frustration with income…

Humor, hijackings and revolution in Egypt

On March 29, a domestic EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked by a  man claiming that he had a suicide belt on. The flight was forced to land in Cyprus, and after a flurry of confusion, it was revealed that the belt was fake — and the hijacker, a 59-year-old man called…

Hillary’s unlikability

When it comes to the fight for women’s rights and gender equality, I believe having a woman as president is not nearly as vital as having a president who will fight for women’s rights, especially because both those things are not synonymous. But nevertheless, electing a woman as the president of the United States of…

PC and proud

On Feb. 12, Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the students’ union at India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, was arrested by the Delhi Police. The arrest followed protests in the university of the hanging of Afzal Guru, a terrorist responsible for the attack on the Indian parliament in 2011. Accusations emerged claiming students were shouting anti-national…

Rethinking economic sanctions

The defense of economic sanctions is that they are a better alternative than a lot of other strategies — the most obvious one being war. But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be scrutinised — not just for their effectiveness, but also for their political and ethical implications. It has been repeatedly found that economic…
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