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Yaël Ossowski is an international consumer activist and writer. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages.

5: Who Controls Language?

Language is both beautiful and organic. It varies from country to country, in dialect, pattern, and tone. However, certain institutions and people are trying to change language and how we use it, both for political reasons and for simplification. Will they be successful? What if people reject these changes? How can we ensure the survival […]

4: Citizenship of the Future

What will be the citizenship of the future? The tradition of citizenship has evolved over time, and been expanded for many who could not share in the rights, obligations, and responsibilities. But larger governing structures like the European Union, the affordability of travel, the changing nature of work, the Internet, and the portability of our […]

Elizabeth Warren Outraged by Social Media Bans She Champions

In a tweet she published on Tuesday, Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted Twitter’s new ad policy that won’t approve any political advertising. The problem with Sen. Warren’s outrage is that she herself is a champion of breaking up social media networks as an end goal, and restricting political advertising in the meantime. Therefore, […]

3: Immigration is Hard

Immigration is actually tough. It’s not easy to leave your friends, family, network, and social capital you’ve built up. Added to that, there is already a complicated process that exists, yet many want to make it more difficult. Let’s not focus on extremes, and instead elevate what makes immigration important and necessary. Washington Examiner: Birthright […]

The Green Rush Is Already Here, and We Need Smart Cannabis Policy to Direct It

This week, 60 Minutes ran a report on the failure of cannabis policy in California, specifically the marijuana-rich region of the Emerald Triangle. Though California legalized cannabis beginning in 2017, the region has created a special conundrum for law enforcement and regulators. The northwestern region of the state, with its ideal growing climate, grows an estimated 70% of the […]

Should the U.S. have a Parliamentary System?

There have been some important debates and actions in various parliamentary democracies lately. Canada held its 43rd general election on Monday, Austria’s legislative elections were three weeks ago, and the UK Parliament is in the midst of the Brexit deal debate. With its first-past-the-post parliamentary system, Canada’s election won current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a […]

Departing Vienna’s Seventh District

I’ve had a fair share of apartments. Whether in Montréal, Philadelphia, St. Petersburg, Prague, or Vienna, I was always quite used to keeping it light knowing I’d be departing sometime soon. That changed in 2014, when we found a great apartment in Vienna’s Neubau district. Known as the “7th” – denoting its district number and […]

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