Author: Sabrina Kim

Make Vaccines Great Again

The world changed for the better in 1798, when Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine against smallpox. Today, smallpox remains the only disease that has successfully been eradicated from the entire planet via a worldwide vaccination effort—no small feat for a pathogen that killed 300 million people in the 20th century alone. Despite this, the Trump administration is swimming in controversy surrounding its vaccine position. Let’s explore. In Trump’s defense, this tweet was published before he declared his candidacy. However, linking vaccines to autism is one of the most profoundly ignorant claims anybody could make. This feeble argument has its roots in a 1998 study...

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Participation Medals for 2016

“An ugly strain of populism reared its head in America this year.” Judging by the opening line, I knew that Foreign Policy magazine’s highly anticipated piece, “The Leading Global Thinkers of 2016,” would be questionable. I expected a showcase of stunningly innovative individuals, or perhaps a testament to a few brave souls who saved innocent lives at the expense of their own.  This was not the case. The opening spread, titled “The Decision Makers,” credits those who have “plow[ed] through political roadblocks.” Who was first on the list? None other than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Of course, as anybody around on November 8th could attest,...

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