Meera Santhanam

About Meera Santhanam

Meera Santhanam is a sophomore at the University of Chicago majoring in political science and biology. She is also incredibly interested in Japanese and US-Japan relations.

South Korea Claims to Crack Down on “Fake News,” Posing a Threat to Free Speech

This Tuesday, South Korea declared that it would crack down on fake news, attempting to eradicate what it called the ultimate “destroyer of democracy.” Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon called for the crackdown, maintaining that the spread of fake news in South Korea endangers both the privacy of citizens and national […]

From Tariffs To Trade: Japan Agrees To Enter Bilateral Trade Talks With The U.S.

This Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to engage in bilateral trade talks with the United States. To many, this represents a significant step forward for U.S-Japan trade. While no deals were settled, Wednesday’s conversations mark a stark shift in Abe’s historically hard […]

25 Killed in Attack on Military Parade in Ahvaz, Iran

This morning, 25 people were murdered by gunmen in Southwestern Iran after a military parade in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan, a province housing most of the country’s Arab minority, was attacked. The parade, one of Iran’s many nationwide Sacred Defense Week celebrations, meant to commemorate Iran’s eight-year war with […]

Brett Kavanaugh Boasts of Being a “Renate Alumnius” in High School Yearbook. Renate Was a High School Girl.

This week, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook was uncovered, and with it, another controversial case regarding Kavanaugh’s treatment of women. In the yearbook, Kavanaugh listed “Renate alumnius” as one of his credentials on his personal page, in reference to Renate Schroeder, a girl who at the time, […]

Trump’s Latest 10% Tariff on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods Forces China to Reconsider “Tit for Tat” Stance in US-China Trade War

This Tuesday, President Trump announced a set of ten percent tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods annually, slated to take effect as of next week. This newest tariff marks the pinnacle sort of speak in Trump’s recent slew of threats; in July, the president imposed tariffs on […]

Pope Francis’ Conference on Sexual Abuse: Chit-Chat or Action?

Last Wednesday, September 12th, Pope Francis summoned bishops from across the world to meet to discuss the sexual abuse crisis currently confronting the Catholic Church. The meeting, slated to occur February 21st to 24th, will mark the first time a gathering has ever been called within the Church to discuss […]

Naomi Osaka’s U.S. Open Win and the Biracial Identity in Japan

This Saturday, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka won the U.S. open, becoming the first ever Japanese-born tennis player to claim a Grand Slam championship. Through her victory, Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother, has begun to redefine what it means to be Japanese in a country that […]

The Case for Class-Based Affirmative Action: An Investigation of Harvard’s Use of Race in College Admissions

Last Thursday, the Justice Department voiced its support for students suing Harvard University over discrimination against Asian American applicants through affirmative action policies. Through a statement of interest, the Justice Department supported the claims of the plaintiffs, a group of Asian Americans rejected from Harvard. In the statement, the Department […]

Trump Tweets South African Government Is Attacking White Farmers

Last Wednesday, Trump tweeted urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the large scale killing of farmers” in South Africa, heightening the current debate over land seizures from South Africa’s white farmers. The tweet followed a late-night program in which Fox News host Tucker Carlson called South African […]

Betsy DeVos Considers Exploiting Federal Education Grants to Arm Teachers

Recent school shootings and concerns expressed from Texas school administrators have prompted US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to consider tapping into federal education grants to arm teachers, an action that would break with the U.S. Federal Government’s longstanding position not to outfit educators with weapons. This action would not […]