Everhart: Congo violence must stop

February 12, 2009
If the Democratic Republic of Congo had good cops, they’d catch and accuse the Congolese soldiers who raped and fatally injured Bitondo Nyumba in 2005. If the Kinshasa government maintained hospitals properly, she could have been saved. But the ultimate responsibility for her death lies with you and me, the political class of the world’s »

Toppling Chinese government no cure for human-rights woes

May 1, 2008
This past Saturday, the New Haven Green witnessed a scene that has become all too common: two rallies at loggerheads over the Beijing Olympics, both making overblown claims and neither willing to listen to the other’s perspective. The anti-Olympics rally fell victim to extreme viewpoints and name-calling, while the pro-Olympics rally missed the point altogether. »

Use of ‘exotic’ in date auction degrades contestants

April 9, 2008
Across campus this week, students are being asked, “Wanna go on an Exotic Date?” by posters for a charity fund-raiser. Despite the good intentions and deeds of the event’s organizers, and the humanitarian ends they seek, this event’s title is degrading, insulting and poorly conceived. The event in question is a “date auction,” co-sponsored by »

Criticism of China necessary to encourage social progress

January 25, 2008
One of the best reasons to keep intellectuals around is that they ask the hard questions. They demand answers for every problem and, in doing so, they help us improve our lives. It is for precisely this reason that the Amnesty International club at Yale campaigns vigorously for the release of imprisoned gadflies, jailed for »

Yale should be more critical of China’s skeletons

January 16, 2008
Over the past few years, Yale students have focused more and more on China. The flowering Peking University-Yale partnership, the popular Richard U. Light Fellowship and overflowing Chinese language classes make it clear that we’re all becoming more involved with China than ever before. Whenever two parties deepen their relationship and learn more about each »