Saman Bhat

Three female activists released from Saudi prison

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22

After 10 months of incarceration, three Saudi women’s rights activists — Iman al-Nafjan, a famous Saudi blogger, Aziza al-Youssef, a retired lecturer at King Saud University and Ruqaya al-Mohareb, an academic were temporarily released from prison. The women finally went home last Thursday, March 28 after being arrested along with over a dozen other activists in May of 2018.

US attempts to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia

US attempts to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22

The Democrat-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued an interim staff report raising concerns about the Trump administration’s efforts to share U.S. nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia last Tuesday, Feb. 19. The contents of the report have opened up an of cial investigation into the administration’s actions.

Leaked Indian unemployment report sparks controversy

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22

The Indian government is currently facing backlash over a leaked employment report released to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Business Standard, an Indian nancial newspaper, revealed that India’s unemployment rate was at an all-time high of 6.1 percent, the highest it has been since the 1970s. Meanwhile, the youth unemployment rate, according to Quartz India, increased, “[from] 11 million in 2011-12 to 31 million in 2017-18,” a growth of about 60 percent more unemployed youth workers in six years.

Diwali comes to MHC with light and dance

Diwali comes to MHC with light and dance

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22

Students were greeted by twinkling lights and decorations as they entered Chapin Auditorium and took their seats on Friday, Nov. 30, ready to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Mount Holyoke’s annual Diwali celebration was hosted by the South Asian Student Association (AWAZ) with over 140 people in attendance.

Students say Halal station cuisine misses the cultural mark

Students say Halal station cuisine misses the cultural mark

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22

Within Mount Holyoke’s centralized Dining Commons, there are countless options for students to choose from. From the Grill station to design-your-own sushi rolls, sandwiches and omelets, diners rarely want for choice. But, some students head to a food station meant to cater specifically to their religious identity — and are met with lackluster options.

Obama-era policies on Pakistan have lasting impact

Obama-era policies on Pakistan have lasting impact

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22 AND GABBY RAYMOND ’20

The Trump administration announced last month it was cutting more than $300 million in aid to the Pakistani government. The Pentagon claimed the move responded to Pakistan’s failure to act against militant groups in the country. The change has yet to be approved by Congress, but has already struck a huge blow to the fragile U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

“Brazilian Trump” nearly wins presidency

“Brazilian Trump” nearly wins presidency

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22

The world has been left in suspense since the Brazilian general election on Oct. 7, when Brazil’s front-runner, Jair Bolsonaro, obtained 46 percent of the popular vote, a mere four percent away from the 50 percent he needed to win. His closest contender, Fernando Haddad, landed far behind him, coming in second with 29 percent of the popular vote. Brazil will decide the fate of the country on Oct. 28 in the runoff election between the two candidates.