The Pope is Coming!

The Pope will be arriving in Ecuador in less than a week and the excitement is almost tangible. It seems like everyone in Ecuador is talking about the visit especially about which days they will have off of work! The Pope will be visiting Ecuador’s largest city of Guayaquil and then spending two days in Quito where he’ll give mass …

A Community in Mourning

When I first heard that three students had been murdered in Chapel Hill on Tuesday night I only connected with the tragedy through my personal relationship with the town (I lived there for several years and some of my family still lives there), frustration from what I assumed was a faith-targeted crime, and sadness at their violent deaths. It was …

Je ne suis pas Charlie

It is not my intention to distance myself from the peaceful Parisian protests against extremism. Instead I wish to put forward my objections to the response cover printed by Charlie Hebdo. Earlier this month members of a radical Islam sect attacked the office of the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen killed 11 people and caused injury to 11 more. …

The Great Power Veto Must Go!

The UN Security Council met for the first time on January 17th, 1946 with an unequal amount of power in the hands of the P-5 nations: the United States, Great Britain, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and China. In its earliest meetings, UN member states raised questions concerning the misuse of the veto power by way of the …

A Country on Fire

In January 2011 Al Jazeera streamed a live feed from Tahrir Square in Cairo. I watched day after nail biting day as the turmoil unfolded. Tonight, I’ve become fixed on a live video feed from the Kiev. Esprero TV has brought us onto the frontline of the protestors at Independence Square. A fire fueled by trash, discarded clothing, and molotov …

A Long Way Home

In the Spring of 2009 I was traveling with my older brother through western Europe. We had stopped in Venice and had planned to continue our journey through Southern Italy followed by a sea voyage to Greece. One of our sisters flew in to join us on our Italian escapade and so it was to be the three of us …

In the Shadow of Pichincha

Quito lies on the eastern edge of Pichincha, one of many active volcanos in the region. Pichincha’s highest peak reaches almost 15,700 ft. Oddly enough, there’s an amusement park at it’s base appropriately titled VulQano Park. Adjacent to the amusement park is the TelefériQo, a cable car which takes you just 2,700 ft from the summit. That’s where I went …