“Re-homing”

In our society, when we think of the process of “re-homing,” we imagine the trading of cars or material objects. However, over the past few years, “re-homing” has taken on a new level of intensity. It has gone from the swap of materials to the exchange of children. Children have been traded through the use…

Microfinancing and Kiva

Anyone who has ever watched the nightly news or read a newspaper can tell you that there are major issues across the world, from hunger to poverty to gender discrimination. At this point, I could go into detail about one of these things and tell you all about the great extent of it and how…

The New Poverty: A Silent Epidemic

A week or so ago, I was sitting in my desk during economics, listening to a lecture about decision making by my incredibly loud and opinionated teacher. We all know the type: red as a brick, loud as a train, and who just ends up pointing to inanimate objects and quivering students very, very frequently.…

Somali Terrorism, Kenyan Malls, and Perspective

A savage scene unfolded this weekend in Nairobi, Kenya, as a terrorist attack on an upscale retail center, Westgate Mall, gripped not only the nation but the farther reaching international community as well. The attack, which has claimed the lives of approximately 68 (that number is expected to rise in the coming days) and injured…

Arming the Other Seven

In 2007 there were estimated to be 875 million firearms in circulation around the world. That’s one firearm per eight people. After our recent display of aggression towards Syria, top US executives seem to be asking one question: “How do we arm the other seven?” To understand why we’re arming the world, we need to…