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Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump. The nation the United States becomes after President-Elect Biden’s inauguration is up for debate. It’s time for moral diplomacy, fair economics and liberalism (with a small L). Here’s how it all works out.

If we’ve met in person, odds are we’ve discussed politics at great length. It is a topic that fascinates me – not politics inherently (although it does), but why someone holds the political opinions they do. Although most of the folks in my social orbit tend to gravitate towards the political left, I have friends that fall…


Politicizing a humanitarian crisis isn’t new, however this time it’s personal

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In this day and age, a tweet from @realDonaldTrump can alter history. I for one was very hopeful when I saw the President starting to care about Venezuela. After months of upheaval, National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó had announced that he was stepping in as interim President. Back in the United States, President Trump announced a wholehearted endorsement of the move and recognized Guaidó as the legitimate leader — with dozens of other countries following suit. Senator Bob Menendez, the Democratic ranking member on the Senate Relations Committee has…


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There’s a country in South America that needs your attention.

A country that has been under the choking strangle of an authoritarian government for nearly two decades. I don’t, not even for one second, think that this is an issue that you may care about. However, I am here to convince you otherwise. I am here to convince you that my home country of Venezuela is worthy of your attention. You see, Venezuelans have been fighting for a long time against the injustices of a government that set out with the intent to implement an ideology that clashed to the…


Donald Trump took the oath of office over two months ago, and in the time since, we’ve had national debates concerning the size of the inauguration crowds ranging to an apology to the United Kingdom over espionage claims. The President had promised to do many of the things that he is working on nowadays: building a wall, implementing an immigration ban, and repealing and replacing Obamacare; although the execution of these actions may be widely unexpected. Regardless of which way you lean politically, it seemed like President Trump did not have the customary “honeymoon” period with the press, the American…


Petronius’ Satyricon portrays a story of lust, orgies, wasteful spending and treachery. however at its purest level it is an evaluation of allegiances between its two main: Encolpius and Giton. Some might say that Giton’s true allegiance is to Encolpius considering that despite a tumultuous journey, they return to each other periodically. Although that may be the impression of the reader at times, the reality is that Giton’s loyalty shifts to a diverse range of characters throughout Satyricon, albeit in an interrupted fashion. Giton’s motivation and fickle behavior seem to be sexual in some instances, leaving Encolpius as an afterthought…


Virgil’s The Aeneid introduces a tale of exploration, but it also introduces powerful female characters that follow a matriarchal theme. Some may argue that their actions are not exceptional due to the impact of destiny in Aeneas’ story. However, by having women like Camilla and Dido occupying roles normally reserved for men, Virgil compliments the exceptionality of their gender. Furthermore, we observe how the influence of female characters acts as a guiding force in Aeneas’ journey. Lastly, celestial intervention revolves around Venus taking care of her son Aeneas, fusing together motherhood with the prowess that comes with being a goddess…


Aristophanes incorporated protofeminist values in Lysistrata and the mission to seek peace in Greece. Firstly, Aristophanes recognizes that women have a particular influence in ancient Greek society and use it to their favor to deny men the sexual pleasure perceived to motivate their actions, upending the traditional power structure. Secondly, Aristophanes meant for it to be a play indicating that it would be public and not kept private, exposing the idea of a female-led uprising to a male audience and society. Third, Aristophanes produces a comedy led almost exclusively by female characters; rarely do we see this sort of set…


Agamemnon is a hero who ultimately met the conclusion of his tale in an unheroic fashion. Although some might argue that Agamemnon returned to Argos a hero, fresh from his victory in Troy, the context of his death is important considering the heroicness of his tale. Firstly, Agamemnon was killed by a woman, a gender that was not considered to be violent and therefore a factor in diminishing the heroicness of his end. Secondly, one would expect Agamemnon to die in battle or in another heroic way, but instead he died in a cauldron wrapped in a robe. Lastly, upon…


The Trojan War was not caused or extended by Helen escaping Sparta with Trojan prince Paris. The war was actually triggered by fragile masculinity found in leaders. While some might disagree with this, leaders on both sides of the conflict often ignore shorter paths to ending the war. Furthermore, we see heroes ignore the heroic code that we grew accustomed to. Lastly, the relationship between Achilles and Agamemnon worked against the perceived goal of the war. …


Decrying the ‘Empire’ Hugo Chávez took the podium among thunderous applause at a rally in support of candidates running under the party banner. What followed was a clear indication of the theme that had indentified his time in office. “Vayanse al carajo yankis de mierda!”, the Venezuelan president shouted in 2008, after giving the American ambassador in Caracas 72 hours to leave the country.

Hugo Chávez and Donald Trump could not have a more different background, one a career soldier from humble beginings who years earlier had attempted a coup d’etat, the other a billionaire, real estate mogul best…

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Just a permanent traveler seeking his place in the world.

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