Opinion

HESP February 1, 2018

Edited by Kate Flanigan Canute How do you know what you know about Islam? Do you “know” that Islam hates Americans? Because President Trump says so? Do you “know” that Islam is peace because George W. Bush says so? Do you “know” that Islam seeks to kill blaspheming novelists because Ayatollah Khomeini says so? Do you […]

HESP February 1, 2018

The amethystine asterism dotted the night, bewitching like diamonds, the cosmos shone upon the Persian Gulf. The Milky Way stretched to the ocean. A full-moon submerged into the endless skyline, like a nihilistic world of mystery. The night, emerald-colored, cannot be found outside the Arabian world. My mind calmed, then mesmerized to sleep by this fairy […]

HESP February 1, 2018

Lighting the candles one by one while singing along the old prayers and inspirational thousands-years-old tales. Nothing like a good religion to make any blood-sworn war sound like the essence of glory and pride. As kids, they teach us that religion is filled with fun stories and valuable lessons, build it up like a fairyland […]

HESP November 1, 2017

Edited by Kate Canute Technology gets a lot of flak from those who fear the prevalence of computers in our daily lives, or don’t understand its many benefits. Some fear that Artificial Intelligence, or “AI”, might eventually lead to humanity’s destruction. Yet technology has helped us overcome many problems as well. Our technological tools help […]

HESP November 1, 2017

War vs. Peace Journalism By M.A. Blackmur Jake Lynch and Johan Galtung, in their book Reporting Conflict: New Directions in Peace Journalism, present quite a bit of thought provoking information about how conflict is currently reported on and the possibilities of how this style of reporting could be improved to include peace journalism. I feel […]

HESP November 1, 2017

Edited by M.A. Blackmur The Harvard Extension School is Harvard’s best kept secret. A rare and precious gem indeed. It’s 7:30 p.m. and students are filing into Sever Hall for a two hour pro-seminar that ends at 9:40 p.m. Some students fly in once a week for class, some take a train, some drive hours […]

HESP October 2, 2017

I spent a few days in February of this year in Lisbon with the NGO Crescer as they conducted harm reduction operations in different areas of the city. Since 2001, Portugal has decriminalized all narcotics treating the users as victims of a disease instead of criminals. Since then there has been a massive reduction in crime, and […]

HESP October 2, 2017

From groceries to automobiles, merchants are turning their undivided attention to retaining existing customers, rather than to attracting new ones. The reason is simple: cost-cutting is the key to profit making. Every time you try to attract a new customer, you spend more money on product or service promotion through campaigns and advertisement. These costs […]