Recently, all attention has been on the heart-wrenching murder of George Floyd under the hands of a Minneapolis ex-police officer. Videos of the officer kneeling on the neck of the unarmed black man for more than eight minutes — even after he was dead — circulated on social media, spurring outrage f
Thousands of women leave their homes each year to become domestic workers in the Middle East. In the last two decades, many — most of them coming from Southeast Asia and Africa — have headed to countries such as Lebanon, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia in the hopes of making a decent living to support thei
In most cultures, religious institutions play a central role in everyday life. People seek guidance from their religious groups on many matters, however novel or complicated, to the extent that some regard religious advice more highly than the instruction of scientists and government officials. Ther
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is infamous for suppressing any public freedoms that threaten its political control, marked by mass surveillance and “re-education camps” in Xinjiang and Tibet. Preceded by such a poor record on freedom of expression, the CCP’s censorship has reached a new low in th
The first months of this new decade have been a whirlwind of catastrophic events. A series of massive bushfires ravaged several regions of Australia before torrential rains swept through and reduced their severity. The assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani sparked short-lived tens
Our passion for writing is the main reason why we, reporters of The KAIST Herald, publish the school newspaper. We work hard for our publication, but the busy environment that we live in sometimes hinders us from maintaining it as a priority. Swamped with coursework and trying to keep a personal lif
Thirty years ago, crowds of Romanians filled the Palace Square in Bucharest where Nicolae Ceaușescu, a communist dictator who ruled Romania since 1965, was going to address the nation. Ceaușescu planned to show that he still had power over the country despite massive protests against the government,
If the Tables TurnedBy Wednesday afternoon, my hands are stained red. I’ve been serving as a Korean class TA this semester, and it’s an endless stream of grading quizzes and workbooks. The students, some conducting graduate-level studies far beyond my capabilities in science and engineering, struggl
51.9 percent. That’s the proportion of people in the UK who voted to leave the European Union (EU) back in the summer of 2016. The barest two percent over the halfway mark threw the country into the rough seas of political turmoil, a storm from which the nation is yet to emerge. If it ever does, the battering winds of international disagreement and public dissatisfaction are ensuring it will never be the same.
Karl Marx once said that history repeats itself twice — the first time as a tragedy, and the second time as a farce. Looking at the current state of global politics, one can say that we are well past the second stage in the absurd play of politicians. Tired of electing the same faces from the same establishments, people turn to outsiders in a desperate attempt to witness some change. These desperate attempts sometimes lead to bizarre consequences that may be seen as a joke that went too far.
On November 4, 2018, blue-red-green flags were waving on the streets of New Caledonia. These flags symbolized the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front, a movement supporting the independence of the island nation.
It seems that the fall 2018 semester is remarkable for the international community at KAIST, as more than ninety undergraduate students were accepted, which is double the size of previous batches. I have personally experienced the influx of the new students, as the amount of paperwork to handle in the ISSS office has increased twofold.While guiding freshmen through KAIST, I noticed that there is s
Motivated by the fear of poor grades, and consequently stoked with stress, we seek refuge during the finals season. But frequently, it seems something has got to give: during this season, it is students’ health that begins to suffer.
Various reports state that almost one million Muslims are detained in Chinese “re-education camps”. The majority of them are Uyghur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz people — Turkic Muslim minorities of China. Yet it is uncommon to see a news article reporting such atrocities.
Beginning with US President Donald Trump’s Twitter rants that labeled media outlets criticizing his first year in office as “fake news”, the term has circulated rapidly; it was even named as one of Collins Dictionary’s Words of the Year in 2017.