Syria

What Should be Syria’s Biggest Changes? There are 13.

These big changes do not necessarily require big actions. Here they are in list form. Change from a majoritarian system to a parliamentary & plurality/proportion based system, similar to Britain and France and unlike the United States. Why? To enhance diverse participation in government. Revert back to the 1950's constitution and amend it from there.… Continue reading What Should be Syria’s Biggest Changes? There are 13.

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Biking to Work in Los Angeles: An Experiment in Mustachianism

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I’ve been reading Mr. Money Mustache’s blog for quite some time now and I’ve been really intrigued by his worldview. So much so that I am trying to incorporate various aspects of what he preaches into my own life. And if there’s one thing that’s absolutely central to his personal finance philosophy/lifestyle, it’s biking. He essentially views biking as a way of life. If you’re interested in his biking philosophy, here are two articles I recommend checking out:


The Challenge

Bike to and from work every day in Los Angeles, the freeway capital of the world. It’s roughly 7 miles one-way, making for a 14-mile roundtrip.

The Motivation

After reading plenty of MMM’s posts, I can basically condense the merits of biking down to four points:

  • It’s far more affordable than driving. When we drive…

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The Heritage Trails and The Hidden Gem

Москва Day 2, Part 1: Too Much to Learn

June 18, 2017. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcOtP8A5Ee/?taken-by=joduttbasrawi I posted the above photo the day before after a long day of exploring. In its caption, I wrote that American schools sucked (i.e., did not adequately prepare) with teaching students about Russia. I'll make a broader claim. The United States, so long as it remains the most powerful country in… Continue reading Москва Day 2, Part 1: Too Much to Learn

The Heritage Trails and The Hidden Gem

Москва Day 1: The Most Walkable Sprawl

June 17, 2017. Moscow is one of the coolest cities I have ever seen. My mom and I agreed to the following: Moscow would be a child's favorite playground. There are zoning laws here that require a certain amount of playgrounds for every few blocks of residential and commercial buildings. The playgrounds are never too… Continue reading Москва Day 1: The Most Walkable Sprawl