Nesi Altaras

Nesi Altaras is a senior studying international relations and economics. Nesi can be reached at [email protected]

Takeaways: Looking

In his landmark work “Orientalism” (1978), Edward Said unpacks statements and works of many Europeans who say outrageous, hilarious or downright racist things about peoples of the Middle East among whom they see no need to distinguish. Of these, one quote stood out to me enough that I still think about it sometimes. This statement […]

Takeaways: American Jews reconsider American exceptionalism

While the news cycle has flipped many times over since the Oct. 27 mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, many American Jews are still reeling from the aftermath. According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitic incidents and reports of online harassment have increased in frequency in recent years. In 2016, American Jews were reported […]

Takeaways: Not bad at all

The midterms were good. The defeatist rhetoric from Democrats needs to end because, at least this year, it isn’t true. Democrats did really well, flipping Senate seats in Nevada and Arizona. Florida’s Senate race is so unbelievably close that it has gone to an automatic recount. It is true that losses in some Republican-leaning seats, […]

Takeaways: Disarm Tufts

In defense of the new protest policy that tries to muffle student activism by creating obstacles like prior registration, Director of Community Standards Kevin Kraft said that the policy was created for “safety concerns” and that it would “assist the university in coordinating police presence on campus.” But is it desirable to have police at student […]

Takeaways: Catalonia a year after

It has been a little over a year since the Catalan referendum on independence passed and a week short of a year since Catalonia’s elected leaders signed a declaration of independence to break away from Spain. As expected, no country recognized the declaration. It was always clear that Catalonia could not break away without at least tacit […]

Takeaways: Jamal Khashoggi

On Oct. 2, Jamal Khashoggi, a member of a notable Saudi family and a dissident of the regime, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. There’s no record of him coming out. Though it is unclear what exactly took place, one thing is clear: The Saudis have either killed or kidnapped the Washington Post contributor. The attack on Khashoggi has shattered […]

Takeaways: Uyghurs of East Turkestan are under attack — don’t look away

The issue of the Chinese government’s repression of Uyghurs became a subject of international attention after a U.N. report released toward the end of the summer laid bare the severity of the situation. However, the world was already aware of the mistreatment of these people. It is no secret that China has been extremely harsh […]

Takeaways: Jacinda Ardern

When Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party (Labour), her chances of leading the party into government seemed small. She faced sexist questioning from the media about her life plans. The National Party’s (National) center-right government, led by Bill English, seemed to hold extensive popular support. Yet, in the run up […]

Takeaways: Southern Democrats make moves

The Beto O’Rourke campaign has been a big energizer in national politics, especially in Texas where he mobilized a large supporter and donor base. While his charisma, grassroots campaign style and unabashedly progressive platform are unique, Rep. O’Rourke is part of a larger group of Democrats running for office in the South and rebuilding the party […]

Takeaways: What are we afraid of?

During the Cold War, we were scared. I don’t mean the general fear people feel of terrorism or war, but the most scary, specific fear that we have become complacent about and now simply ignore. I mean mass death from nuclear weapons. A handful of people have the power to end all of human existence. […]