Parting Shots

Learn from others but be yourself.   By ALBERT MURZAKHANOV Freshman Advising Questionnaire: What would you like to be doing ten years from now?  “In ten years, I would like to have a career (on which I have yet to decide) and a family.” When I came to Harvard four years ago, I was unconfident, scared, and a very nerdy guy who had no idea what to expect. Four years later, I still do not know what to expect, but I am grateful for the most invaluable thing Harvard has given me—an environment in which I could become comfortable with myself and …






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Israel and Palestine: A Plan Toward Negotiation?

BY ALBERT MURZAKHANOV Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks at Harvard Law. The Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law School hosted Mohammad Shtayyeh, Minister of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, on March 25, 2015. Shtayyeh delivered a speech titled, “A Paradigm Shift for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.” The talk came only one week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected and focused on the ongoing negotiations from the Palestinian perspective. After briefly providing historical context for the conflict, Mohammad Shtayyeh switched to the present, stating “The Palestinian-Israeli relationship is very asymmetrical; Israelis did not want to negotiate but just wanted to …






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In Defense of Satire

Why I will defend Charlie Hebdo–and freedom of speech–regardless of how controversial it may be. “We do not kill anyone. We should stop conflating the murderers with the victims. We must stop declaring that those who write and draw are ‘provocateurs,’ and are throwing gas on the fire. We must not place thinkers and artists in the same category as murderers. We are not warriors,” stated Gerard Biard, the new editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo. The inexplicable massacre that left twelve people dead at the offices of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, is something I simply cannot fathom. What I …






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Czeching out Prague

BY ALBERT MURZAKHANOV When in Prague, do everything. Spring break, for college students, is usually synonymous with Cancun, Punta Cana, Panama City Beach, and the like. Although I am sure those regions rightfully deserve their spots for the most coveted destinations, I gave up spending days at the beach to visit Prague. Rest assured, there were no regrets. In the past few decades, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has, rightfully so, become one of the most popular cities in Europe. Its streets and architecture were scarcely touched by the last three centuries, but the people making up …






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Just Shooting Some Statistics

BY ALBERT MURZAKHANOV Let’s Not Debate Facts and Logic. On September 2, a 16-month-old boy was fatally shot while riding in a stroller. The tragedy, occurring a mere twenty minutes from my family’s home, was a strident reminder of the anger I felt a few weeks ago upon hearing someone state, “Liberals are the biggest hypocrites, claiming they are pro-choice but not allowing citizens to choose to own guns or smoke.” Instead of addressing the inaccurate quote, I aim to provide an argument for stricter gun control based solely on statistics and logical inferences. The debate on gun control, subsequently …






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