By Tasawwar Rahman (‘22) Twenty years, two trillion dollars, and 200,000 lives later, in a matter of months Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban. Despite tens of billions of dollars in financial support to the Afghan security services, Afghanistan was largely taken without bloodshed. The road ahead lies dim. The Abandoned The feeling in Kabul is distinct– anger and abandonment. For any close observer of … Continue reading America’s longest war is over. We lost.
By Amr Ansari (‘22) and Tasawwar Rahman (‘22) Image Courtesy of Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Zuma Press For: Lower the Voting Age– Just a Little By Amr Ansari (‘22) Seventeen years after president Eisenhower called for the minimum voting age to be 18 in his 1954 state of the union address, the United States added the 26th amendment to the constitution, guaranteeing those 18 and older … Continue reading Is it Time to Lower the Voting Age?
By Tasawwar Rahman (‘22) January 6, 2021– a date which will live in infamy– the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the President of the United States, aided and abetted by his most violent factions. But let there be no doubt that this attack, against a coequal branch of government, lies squarely at the feet of the President. A President whom … Continue reading Law and Disorder: Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned, Trump Tweeted
By Tasawwar Rahman (’22) and Leah Raymond (’22) On September 18th, 2020, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sadly passed away. Without batting an eye and mere hours after it was announced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately announced that if President Trump were to nominate the 115th Justice, the nomination would receive a vote on the Senate floor. Just eight days after Justice Ginsburg’s … Continue reading Supreme Question
By Tasawwar Rahman (Editor-in-Chief of the Overachiever) and Leah Raymond (Elections Correspondent) Exit Polling There is a clear Democratic majority at the IA with about 62.1% of voters identifying as such. However, Independents make up a sizable minority at 23.7% of voters, and Republicans at just over 10%. Those identifying as Libertarians and Greens are in the minority at about 3%. The Freshmen had the … Continue reading Analyzing the International Academy 2020 General Election
By Tasawwar Rahman (‘22), Editor-in-Chief of the IA Overachiever (For nearly 250 years, through Pandemics and Wars, Americans have always fought to make their voices heard. Image courtesy of NYT) We the People. These are the first words enshrined in our constitution, a document that led us to embark upon this great American experiment. However, that piece of parchment written in Philly all those years … Continue reading Voting: A Sacred Duty
By Tasawwar Rahman (’22) Just 14 years ago, Apple transitioned its Mac chipsets from PowerPC to Intel, spurring onwards a decade and a half of unparalleled success. Now, once again, the Mac prepares for its biggest change yet as it gets ready to move on from Intel to newer more efficient ARM-based chips next year. In their highly-anticipated Worldwide Developer Conference next month, Apple is … Continue reading ARM-ed and Ready: How Apple is Preparing for the Future of Personal Computing
By Tasawwar Rahman (’22) Democracy. As Americans, it is our most basic value. It is an ideal we continue to strive to make better, and a promise that should reflect our society. Like anything, our democracy is not without faults, be it gerrymandering, voter suppression, dark money, or foreign election interference. But in the 21st century where the losers of ⅖ of presidential elections … Continue reading A Government of, by, and for Ohio?
By Tasawwar Rahman (’22) It was the Thursday before winter break at Bloomfield Hills High School and the halls were brimming with excitement as students were ready for winter break. Then, horror struck when a false alarm alerted students of a possible active shooter situation and chaos ensued. What resulted was a 60+ officer federal, state, and local police response that made us all, once … Continue reading Why US?
By Tasawwar Rahman (‘22) Depicts protester wearing Uighur flag with tears of blood. Brussels, April 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Taken. As the world is distracted by China’s rise, our economic priorities have begun supplant our moral. A people taken. A culture taken. A religion taken. And the world remains silent. Look away, away from the polished glamour and to the people, the people yearning … Continue reading Remember the Taken