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Idrees M. Kahloon

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Columns

The Unartful Dodger

Part of artful dodging is knowing when to stand firm.

Op-Eds

When Muslims Die

Perhaps it’s harder to think clearly when tragedy strikes your community. Perhaps it becomes too easy to convince yourself of discrimination and prejudice when two women who wear hijabs like your mother and sisters do are gunned down.

Columns

Writing from Russia, Without Love

Why go to all this trouble for a simple book?

Columns

An Old Start to a New Congress

There’s a new Congress in town. And it’s off to quite a beginning.

Op-Eds

A Funny Thing Happened at the Forum

When salaciousness and selling become the end-all-be-alls of news, the crucial function of media—to inform—becomes irredeemably lost.

Columns

Macondo on the Mind

Vonnegut lampooned the world’s absurdity for me, Fuentes laid the sometimes-sordid foundations of power bare to me, but Gabriel García Márquez taught me how to dream.

Columns

Corruption and the Court

Money is speech, obviously—but is my long-standing practice of cramming cash into the mouths of congressmen currently protected by the First Amendment? If my pet politicians misbehave, may I sue for damages?

Columns

What the Caged Bird Sings

A free press is the necessary precursor to transparent governance—the ideal of democracy.

Editorials

Dissent: A Regrettable Choice

Had Bloomberg been asked to the Institute of Politics, we would have urged our classmates to engage in a respectful dialogue with the former mayor, and to challenge him on his record. But Commencement is not a night at the JFK Jr. Forum—every graduate should feel celebrated and included.

House of Bards
Columns

House of Bards

We admire villains and anti-heroes because of and not in spite of their evil.

Columns

Dreams of My General

Whenever army chiefs don gaudy epaulettes and oversized shades, democracy’s death is sure to follow.

Columns

A Son of Liberty

President Obama’s much-anticipated speech on reforms to the runaway National Security Agency began with a bad history lesson and only got worse.

Columns

Pope and Change

That the world has eagerly turned to papal admiration amidst a seemingly inexorable secularization also showcases the bare desire for genuine morality in the institutions that purport to purvey it.

Tuition Growth at Elite Colleges
Admissions

American College Tuition Fees Skyrocket

When Tony Soprano sent his daughter to Columbia University in the famous TV show "The Sopranos", he recoiled from an additional $50,000 "donation" that the dean requested. Even the great mob boss of New Jersey considered Ivy League costs a shakedown—and that episode aired in 2001.

Tuition Growth at Elite Colleges
Admissions

Tuition Growth at Elite Colleges

Figure 1: Tuition at America's most prestigious colleges have nearly doubled in since 2000, growing at roughly 4% a year.

Kaledora Kiernan-Linn
College

The Dropouts

Snow on Plympton
College

More Snow Looming, College Alters Dining Schedule

Divest Harvard Rally
Central Administration

After 24-Hour Sit-In, Divest Harvard Protesters Leave Mass. Hall

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College

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