Tag: Lauren Olmeda

Dublin Bookshops

Dublin Bookshops

Harry Potter agus an Órchloch – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Irish Literary talent has never been in short supply in Ireland. From the legends like William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to more modern authors including Donal Ryan, Emma Donoghue, […]

Protest: As American as Football

Protest: As American as Football

Perhaps we should have paid due attention to Colin Kaepernick the first time he knelt on the sidelines of an NFL game. Perhaps we should have acted the first time a young black man was shot simply for the color of his skin and for […]

Lauren’s Dublin City Guide

Lauren’s Dublin City Guide

Note: As the Eight live in different cities across the globe, we thought a good way to get to know us would be for us to create guides to all the cities close to our hearts. Once a month, you’ll hear from one of the Eight, and here to kick us off is Political Editor Lauren Olmeda’s guide to Dublin. 

When I chose to complete an internship in Dublin in the summer of 2013, I had no idea what adventures were in store for me. I ended up falling completely in love with the little island of Ireland for its culture, scenery, weather, and people. I returned to study for a master’s degree in 2015 and have lived here ever since, and the magic of Dublin has yet to fade for me. Whether you are visiting for the pubs and music or for the fantastic green landscapes, there’s a bit of something for everyone down Dublin’s old cobbled streets.

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Education: A Requirement for Democracy

Education: A Requirement for Democracy

My alma mater, Michigan State University. When I began writing this piece a few days ago, it was nearly impossible for me to set aside my own incredulity at the fact that according to a new Pew Research Center poll, a majority of surveyed Republicans […]

The Namesake and Me

The Namesake and Me

I have a tattoo on my left ribcage; it is made up of four lines, drawn to look like the silhouette of a small house, but without a line sealing it at the bottom. To me, it signifies that home is an open-ended concept, one […]

Lauren Shares Her Favourite Summer Reads

Lauren Shares Her Favourite Summer Reads

To me, the best summer reads are hundreds of pages long, allowing the reader to escape from the sweltering heat and the drone of lawnmowers. Summer isn’t my favourite season, but I certainly loved the freedom it once brought when I was a student as I sprawled out on my parents’ deck furniture, glass of wine in one hand and book in the other, the summer sun lazily setting over the tops of the trees. Now my summer reads take place at the weekend, soaking in every minute I can of uninterrupted fantasy before heading back to work come Monday.

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Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue

Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue

I am American, though I don’t always feel like I am nor do I always want people to know it. I am openly critical of my country on this website, on Twitter, and in my own personal life. The idea of what it means to […]

Dear Lee — Heartbreak

Dear Lee — Heartbreak

A couple of weeks ago, one of our number received the following request for advice on relationship heartbreak.  As heartbreak is a many-headed beast, we decided it would be best for a few of the Eight, not just our own advice columnist Lee Clark, to […]

Trump’s Foreign Policy Disconnect

Trump’s Foreign Policy Disconnect

Since the end of the Second World War, promoting diplomacy and cooperation between states has been at the forefront of American foreign policy. From the creation of NATO to the Camp David Accords to the Good Friday Agreement, presidents and their administrations have seen the value in face-to-face conversation with allies and adversaries. While these talks do not always produce clear-cut solutions, there are benefits to diplomacy that drone strikes and bombs can never match. America has also understood the degree to which it can assist the rest of the world with vital clarity; the ‘superpower’ status that we gained at the end of the Cold War meant that the international order would only remain stable if we put in consistent effort to maintain it. Donald Trump’s foreign policy, lazily titled ‘America First,’ actually does nothing to put America first. America’s strength and resilience lies in its partnerships and the maintenance of peace between states. Arguing that we are better off alone is the best way for us to actually end up alone, and that would be catastrophic for us and for the rest of the world.

But what foreign policy and diplomacy mean to the Trump administration is extremely unclear. The majority of positions in Trump’s State Department are empty, and this is alarming in a way that words cannot express. There is no Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy, no Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and no Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security. Key positions are still unfilled in the fifth month of Trump’s presidency, which means aside from yelling at the Australian Prime Minister on the phone and boasting about the construction of the Panama Canal, no real diplomatic efforts to maintain alliances are underway, nor is there any active effort to build a State Department that can effectively wield what is left of American unipolarity. If this is an attempt to put America first, it is failing spectacularly. There are no circumstances in which foreign policy can simply be paused nor can the President himself be solely responsible for handling the fragile relations with many of the world’s nations. It is difficult to articulate just how dangerous it is for the U.S. to be so unprepared.

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The Proust Questionnaire vol. 2

The Proust Questionnaire vol. 2

For the second installment of our Proust Questionnaire series, Political Editor Lauren answers the famous questions.