Idrees M. Kahloon

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An Old Start to a New Congress

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


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.


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.


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?


What the Caged Bird Sings

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


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

House of Bards

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


Dreams of My General

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


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.


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

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

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.


Irate over Iran

Hypocrisy in international relations is a field as fertile as any Afghan pomegranate orchard.


The Cohen Conundrum and Racism

A post-racial America was not inaugurated alongside Barack Obama in 2008—no matter how much you wish it so. Perhaps after viewing the unflinchingly brutal vérité of “12 Years a Slave,” it would be comforting to think of this country’s long legacy of racial oppression as a long-dead evil of centuries past.


Spy Agency to the Rescue

If I may offer a modest proposal to calm the partisan clamor: It appears that the great problem of our times is that some parts of the government are too technically advanced and others are decidedly less so.

Black Lives Matter Protester

Demonstrators Continue 'Black Lives Matter' Campaign in Central Square March

Harvard Stadium

Boston Olympic Bid Names Harvard Venues as Hosts for 10 Events

Conflict at the Scene

Med School Professor Dies After Brigham Shooting

"Shut It Down"

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