Despite barriers, ‘bubble’ remains artificial

May 3, 2007
Walking under Phelps Gate I always get the sense of passing from one world to another, from the open expanse of the New Haven Green to the ancient, fortress-like beauty of Old Campus. Yesterday, the feeling was acute. I was coming from a demonstration for immigrant rights, a spirited embodiment of New Haven’s civil society. »

City is a model for immigration reform

April 23, 2007
One reason I am proud to be a resident of New Haven is that this city is leading the nation in embracing its immigrant population, documented and undocumented. The police department has adopted a policy that prohibits them from asking crime victims about their immigration status. City Hall sponsored workshops this year to help undocumented »

Here and abroad, terror war is out of control

April 9, 2007
Last week, three Yale students were arrested for setting fire to an American flag hanging from someone else’s front porch. The rest of Yale wearily braced for the backlash from the right-wing pundits, who predictably trumpeted the incident as a confirmation of their fantasy of elite, academic support for anti-American terrorism. The flag-burning incident was »

Class Day intellectual hasn’t shown best critical thinking

March 26, 2007
What solemnity must have forced the choice of Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria as Class Day speaker. Picking an intellectual like Zakaria is a change in tone from the unbearable lightness of last year’s ceremonies, when Anderson Cooper managed to joke about the Rwandan genocide and his time hosting the reality TV show “The Mole” in »

How much do you really know about Iraq?

February 26, 2007
Something is missing in the debate about the war in Iraq. The discussion in the Congress and on the airwaves focuses on troop levels: whether to escalate the war, hold the current level of roughly 140,000 troops steady, or withdraw U.S. troops altogether. On one level, this makes sense. With 3,000 dead soldiers and more »

College papers don’t give hospital story a fair look

February 12, 2007
I have some distressing news. We, the campus media, are failing you. In the wake of the disastrous failure of the national press corps to hold the Bush administration accountable for its lies concerning Iraq’s WMD and links to terrorism, the campus press is showing its own inability to hold our own administration, that is, »

Racial issues have always been a part of Yale

January 29, 2007
The Corporation Room in Woodbridge Hall is a place few Yale students ever go. Looming over the massive wood table and elegant white molding is a painting of Elihu Yale, portrayed dressed in his 18th-century best. Kneeling before him is an African slave in chains and a metal collar. The painting’s location makes it both »

Incidents spark doubt about safety of Tasers

November 27, 2006
Hours after police shot a UCLA student with an electroshock gun, or Taser, students across the country watched the YouTube video in which Mostafa Tabatabainejad shrieked and writhed on the ground. “This is your Patriot Act. This is your … abuse of power,” he cried, as the police shot him several more times. Tabatabainejad’s crime »

Principled student activism is more than just the stereotypes

November 6, 2006
And who cares, anyway? That was the question posed by an article that appeared in this paper last Friday (“Eli activists: boxed in by apathy?,” 11/3). The story raised the question of why more students don’t seem to want to be involved in activism. The perplexing suggestion of this article is that the problem lies »

Constitutional crises put republic in danger

October 23, 2006
Last month, the program on Ethics, Politics and Economics and the Whitney Humanities Center hosted a conference at Yale titled “Hannah Arendt at One Hundred: Crises of Our Republics.” Scholars from around the world were present, and even a handful of undergraduates turned out. For this gathering of philosophers and intellectual historians, the tone of »

Particulars of Iraqi war are often obscured

September 25, 2006
The standard form of political discourse since Sept. 11, 2001 is a giant, tangled Debate Concerning the Middle East. Sept. 11 is what brought our generation into the political sphere. The violence of that day gave birth to the shaken world we know. This coming October will mark another violent anniversary: five nonstop years of »

Cartoon strife hints at deeper discord

February 17, 2006
“Thousands of young white men have converged on Cronulla Beach in Sydney, Australia, and attacked people of Arab and Mediterranean background.” This news lede actually appeared in the BBC last December. The race riots in Australia were alarming, to be sure, but where was the global sense of shock and alarm that has prevailed in »