Articles by Pietro Shakarian

Letter to the Editor: “J’Accuse!” With Apologies to Émile Zola

On Oct. 19, here at John Carroll University, I attended an open forum discussion on the issue of racism on campus. I found the discussion and the personal accounts of students to be both enlightening and tragic. It is an indignity that racism, or any form of intolerance, exists on a campus whose mantra is…

Letter to the Editor: America needs Glasnost and Perestroika

Once upon a time, during the decade of the 1980s, there existed a country called the Soviet Union.  It was ideologically Marxist and diametrically opposed to the liberal, democratic ideals of Western Europe and the United States. A superpower, it was geographically one of the largest countries in the world and boasted one of the…

Letter to the Editor: In memoriam: Borders Books 1971-2011

Borders was the place to be. So what happened? I’ll never forget the first time I went to a Borders bookstore. It was the Borders located in Westlake. At that time, there was absolutely nothing else out there. Cleveland was still a relatively bustling city and our family did most of our shopping there. Places…

Islamic world ready for change

In December 2010, protests broke out in Tunisia, eventually paving the way for the ousting of longtime President Ben Ali by the end of January 2011. His ousting then sparked a revolution in Egypt against the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak, as well as anti-government demonstrations in Algeria, Yemen and Jordan. Cases of self-immolation…