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Remembering Iran: Naghmeh Abedini

By on February 13, 2015

For one of my communications courses at Cornell I focused on the issue of Christian persecution. I had the incredible blessing of interviewing Naghmeh Abedini. Mrs. Abedini is the wife of Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who was imprisoned for his work with Iran’s underground churches. When this piece was completed he was still incarcerated, now however, he is free and […]

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The Cereal Conundrum

By on December 11, 2013

As a breakfast classic, cereal has become a staple food in American homes. It comes in diverse forms—from sweetened puffs to crunchy cheerios—and because of its simplicity it holds a versatile place among meals. Since it acts as the kick-start to the day, forming the base of the diet, it can have a crucial contribution […]

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Truth about Turkey

By on June 10, 2013

This was written by a dear friend, a citizen of Turkey in Istanbul. She has been protesting along with many of her countryman in a civil uprising that escalated from a stand against commercialism to a national fight for democratic justice. The situation here is more serious than it shows on TV. After a series […]

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China’s Latest Avian Flu Scare: Zoonotic Disease, Government, and Social Media

By on April 3, 2013

Two startling incidences occurred in Shanghai, China last month. Around 16,000 dead, diseased pigs were dumped into the city’s Huangpu River, and three people became the first human cases of the H7N9 bird influenza strain. Was it a coincidence? The Chinese government says yes, Chinese citizens say no. As Weibo—China’s sole social media platform—explodes with […]

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