On Labor Day, Harvard workers congregated and advocated for “Sustainable Food and Sustainable Jobs”. Sandra Korn, Crimson writer and an organizer of the event, explains the new vision of sustainability in the workplace, and how the seemingly disparate issue of sustainable food is actually an important part of providing Harvard workers with full-time employment. Read the full article at The ... Read More
On the Newsstand:Protest
An Activist’s Year in Review Last week, reporter Monica Dodge wrote the Crimson’s update on student activism in 2010-2011. Her article, “The Evolution of Activism,” argued that students have now put “classes before causes” and more frequently rely on internet messaging instead of inter-personal organizing; student activists at Harvard “are less eager to leave behind their laptops and pick up ... Read More
In a recent blog post for the Harvard Political Review, Max Novendstern writes that the popular choice to rally for political change isn’t really changing anything at all. Often it is merely self-serving, and “our obsession with rallying as a community is indicative of our larger failure to imagine viable alternatives.” Read the full article at The Harvard Political Review.
Demonstrations all across Egypt have erupted against the government. In Lebanon, protestors have flooded the streets calling for a new government and Tunisia remains in a political turmoil. Arabs across the Middle East are taking things with their own hands asking for freedom of choice. And freedom they shall get, but what will be the cost of freedom to the ... Read More
Obama’s Campaign Promises Come Back to Haunt Him: Harvard AIDS Protestors Interrupt Rally Speech at Hynes Convention Center
On Saturday October 2, President Barack Obama came to Boston’s Hynes Convention Center to rally the troops for the November 2 election in support of Democrats running across the state, especially Governor Deval Patrick. 10,000 people were expected to fill the convention center that day, yet 15,000 showed up and waited in long lines to hear what the President had ... Read More
As long as Hong Kong’s economy is booming, calls for democracy will remain on the backburner
At Harvard’s Reserve Officer Training Corps commissioning ceremony this Wednesday, Drew Faust urged Harvard’s class of 2010 future officers to: Help reinforce the long tradition of ties between Harvard and the military, as we share hopes that changing circumstances will soon enable us to further strengthen those bonds. What does the vague latter half of her sentence mean? By “changing ... Read More
Sam Barr’s most recent post makes the rather shocking claim that Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky being vacated by the retiring Jim Bunning, is a racist, or at least that he is not a non-racist. Sam deduces this from the fact that Mr. Paul is not a “consistent libertarian,” that he “picks and ... Read More
America has long had a complex, almost schizophrenic attitude towards religion.
Last week was slavery week on the HPRgument (apparently!). We talked about “intern slavery,” twice, and then American slavery. But what about today? Slavery of course is still a very real problem; in absolute terms, by every estimate, there are more slaves today than there ever were in history, and the trade of human lives is more active and more hazardous ... Read More
Alex Copulsky’s reporting on the Tea Party is hilarious. If you haven’t seen his post yet, go check it out. But his sightings of ”trolls” — people unsympathetic to the Tea Party movement who are there just to make it look bad – corroborate the reports we’ve been hearing about left-wing activist groups mobilizing to crash the Tea Party events and frame them as ... Read More
Raul Carrillo has a column in today’s Crimson arguing that Democrats need to become better at the “politics of spirituality.” Such exhortations often contain an ambiguity, and Carillo’s is no exception. Is he criticizing liberals on substantive grounds, i.e. for their support for separation of church and state and their “neutral stance on issues of faith”? Or is he just ... Read More