Articles by: Arvind Sridhar

Supporters of Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up  signs while attending a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida on October 11, 2016. Credit:   REUTERS/Mike Segar.

Breaking Down Trumpism

It’s safe to say that this election year is none like we have ever seen before: the first female nominee of a major party going head-to-head with a businessman whose very impromptu, anti-establishment, braggadocio behavior enhances his allure. We’ve said, time and time again, that he would fail, that this […]

ISIS is Losing Ground

ISIS is Losing Ground

The horror and devastation that the self-proclaimed Islamic State and its fighters have wrought on Iraq and Syria has been complete. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, fearful for their lives and the lives of their loved ones as ISIS tore through their cities and towns. Just […]

by · May 27, 2015 · World
GM CEO Mary Barra testifies before Congress about GM's defective ignition switch. The switch involved a spring that was too weak and would collapse under heavy weight from the key. Image by Forbes (no free equivalent image of Barra was available).

Deadly Error: GM’s Faulty Ignition Switch

In February 2014, General Motors, one of the biggest American automotive conglomerates, recalled almost 1.6 million of its cars due to a defect. Since then, the recall has expanded by almost a million cars, topping 2.6 million as of March 28. Some of the cars recalled include those of some […]

2014 Midterm Election Map

Golden Opportunity: Can Republicans Recapture the Senate in 2014?

The November midterm elections are approaching quickly. These races will place the seats of all senators who were last elected in 2008 and all current congressional representatives up for grabs. Some special races are also being held for currently vacant positions in Senate that would not be normally put up […]

by · April 1, 2014 · United States
This California riverbed dried significantly after a drought in 2009.

Dry Spell: California’s Agricultural Crisis

Many Californians have heard of and been affected by recent water shortages. Due to the abnormally dry season we have been having, California’s water supply has slowly dwindled, and the state has declared a formal drought. Although for many, the problems are limited to not being able to use as […]

by · March 17, 2014 · California
One of the most notorious Iranian nuclear plants is located just north of the city of Natanz. Image by Orijentolog.

Hope for the Future: Iran’s Nuclear Deal

On Monday, January 20, 2014, the six-month Iran nuclear deal officially came into force after months of negotiations and tension. Iran, suspected to be enriching uranium for use in nuclear bombs despite sanctions and other anti-nuclear levies, has agreed to halt its enrichment program in return for a temporary, limited […]

by · February 11, 2014 · World
Merrill Newman

Detained and Released: Palo Alto Veteran Arrested in North Korea

Merrill Newman, a Palo Alto resident and Korean War veteran, was taken into North Korean custody and detained on October 26, 2013. Newman was entering a plane bound for the United States after a 10 day visit to North Korea. However, North Korean officials took him from the plane and […]

by · December 12, 2013 · California
The Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy

The Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Indisputably one of the greatest visionaries of the twentieth century, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America, inherited some of the most challenging domestic and foreign policy problems this country has seen when he entered office. A young, Catholic man of Irish descent, Kennedy served in […]

by · November 27, 2013 · United States
The Local Highway Change-Up

The Local Highway Change-Up

Many of us take the Bay Area freeways to come to school, whether coming from the East Bay, the South Bay, or the Peninsula.  One interchange that we have come to know very well is the junction of  I-280 and I-880/CA-17.  This is a direct route for many people coming […]

by · October 10, 2013 · California
The J.P. Morgan Mortgage Scandal

The J.P. Morgan Mortgage Scandal

Back during the 2008 financial crisis and the U.S. real estate bust, many U.S. banks, among them J.P. Morgan Chase, engaged in selling shoddy mortgage securities. Now, through investigation of J.P. Morgan’s mortgage transactions, the U.S. government has uncovered this scandal and is forcing the large bank to pay a total of $11 billion as compensation. If […]