Nesi Altaras

Nesi Altaras is a senior studying international relations and economics. Nesi can be reached at

Looking Out: Snap

All of a sudden, the rug is pulled out from underneath us. Turkey is once again headed to the ballot box in exactly two months. Erdoğan made the decision to call snap elections to get ahead of the strengthening center-right and worsening economy. What is Turkey facing? The usual numbers: Erdoğan’s party in the mid-40s, the […]

Looking Out: Face to Face

At a tour of the First Peoples gallery in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the guide explained, using these words, that the First People owned all of what is now Canada before the settlers did. Today’s Canada, while it has been going in a positive direction, still has a lot of truths to face and […]

Looking Out: Power of diaspora

In Arabic, the root word shatata is to scatter and the word for diaspora, shataat, is literally the scattered. Today, many communities live in this way, scattered across the globe from wherever they originated. Some returning often, others never. Some retaining their culture and passing on languages, and others not. Diaspora has become a concept […]

Looking Out: Statues

On High Street, above the entrance of Oxford’s constituent college Oriel, there is a detailed, life-size statue of Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes is a notorious racist, imperialist and colonizer who personally brought anguish to millions in Southern Africa, most of all in Rhodesia, a colony that bore his name. He also happens to be a prominent benefactor […]

Looking Out: Selfishness Won’t Save Us

Last semester, I went to an event at Oxford organized by The Economist called “The Future of Work.” This title has become shorthand for nebulous concepts such as “the AI/Automation revolution” and how they might lead to a mass chronic unemployment in the near future. I have had a keen interest in this for a couple years […]

Looking Out: Democratic disappointment

The past week has been a reminder of why the Democratic Party is a constant disappointment. After giving up on keeping public attention on guns, knowing Congressional Republicans were unlikely to budge, Democrats moved on to what turned out to be a consensus issue. Democrats and Republicans came together to relax banking regulations. This tone-deaf […]

Looking Out: Land Reform

For decades, one of the main policy priorities of leftists across the globe was land reform. Land was the principal mean of production, and agriculture the critical sector. It has fed a country, employed its people, drove its exports and, because of cotton, even formed the backbone of textile-driven industrialization. As left-wing parties campaigned in […]

Looking Out: Education beyond employment

Does education pay? The doubtless answer from decades of research says yes. Holding a high school degree leads to higher earnings, and a college degree even more so. Even with the oscillating trends of unemployment among the college-educated, the education premium is unmistakably real. The more puzzling question is why: Is it because education leads to […]

Looking Out: The Teflon prime minister

Benjamin Netanyahu, or Bibi for short, is not going anywhere. This week, Israeli police chiefs recommended an indictment for corruption charges. While this may sound like good news for the weakened Israeli left and to Bibi-haters everywhere, don’t hold your breath. There will be neither breaking news of his resignation nor a report that his coalition, perhaps […]

Looking Out: Partly free

Less than a month ago, the 2018 edition of Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World report was released. It focuses on the political climate in every country and their civil and political rights. Mostly, there are no huge changes from year to year: most dictatorships remain repressive and democracies remain free, to some extent. […]