Esma Erdem is a writer for the Opinion section. She is a freshman majoring in Psychology and Economics and can be reached at [email protected]


A disappointing Western response to the bombing in Istanbul

On Nov. 13, a bomb exploded in Istiklal Avenue located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Türkiye. Six people, including a 9-year-old girl, died and at least 81 people were injured.  Known to be the heart of Istanbul, Istiklal Avenue is the busiest street of the city. It has long been a tourist attraction but […]


Venezuela has become a humanitarian emergency

Venezuela was once Latin America’s wealthiest country and was praised for its functioning democracy. Often called South America’s Saudi Arabia due to its oil-dependence, Venezuela was known for its booming economy in the 1970s. Yet, New York Times headlines about Venezuela have turned from  “Democracy, as Usual, in Caracas” and “Democracy in Venezuela” to “The […]


We can’t buy into Hollywood’s dangerous glamorization of drug abuse

Content Warning: This article includes mentions of suicide and drug abuse. Find on- and off-campus resources for substance abuse recovery here. News about drug abuse in Hollywood has long been widely reported on by the media. Whether due to the accessibility of illicit substances or due to their lifestyle filled with parties, drug abuse among […]


International students at Tufts face challenges but gain new perspectives

For decades, the United States has been the most popular destination to go to college internationally. Known to be the ‘land of opportunity,’ students from all around the world choose to go to the world’s top colleges in the United States for the education quality, infinite opportunities and study abroad experience. In fact, according to […]


The attack on women in Iran must not be ignored

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in police custody after having a “heart attack” and falling into a coma. She was arrested by the Iranian morality police for wearing her hijab “improperly” and violating the “dress code.” Although the police denied the allegations, witnesses have reported that Amini was beaten in the police van. […]


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