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Question: Should the US involve North Korea?

Ending a Crisis and Restoring Balance: Written by Khushboo Shah, India

The territory of North Korea is a space of military containment and ideological restrictions. A nation built on a watch-dog routine; it requires each and every citizen to be profoundly self-reliant. The only irony is that, the very ‘democratic’ North Korean idea of self-reliance interprets to Juche; an ideology which authorities promote as jingoistic activism, wherein the citizens are forced to live in complete submission to national sovereignty and unquestionable totalitarianism.

While the North Korean regime believes that its practices are contributing to international revolutionary thought, the changing 21st century demographics have established that the isolated 38th parallel and the brutalities suffered by its people are alarming international issues. By early 2016, it was clear that even the United Nations Security Council was concerned as it stressed imme...

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With the delayed vote on Trumpcare in the Senate, America has reached a critical point in the healthcare debate. Disabled patients on Medicaid protested Jun. 22 outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. Prior to release, most discussion on Trumpcare in the Senate was kept secret. Based on Quinnipiac polling, Trumpcare has an approval rating of 17%. Single-payer healthcare, which would provide Medicare to all citizens, has an approval rating of 55% according to Vox. This all begs the question: why does the United States not have Medicare-for-All?

For years, America has failed to measure up to the healthcare outcomes of other developed countries. In a 2000 report by the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranked 37th in healthcare performance. In contrast, France, which has universal healthcare, ranked 1st. After the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, there were still many gaping problems with American healthcare. Many people opt out of Oba...

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As the so-called “siege of Qatar” by Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries intensifies, major global figures are taking a hard look as to why this whole fiasco occurred in the first place and many opinions on this issue are dividing the world. Even the country where I come from, the United States of America, is visibly torn on the diplomatic crisis.

Let us consider one of the charges that the Saudis have accused the Qataris of committing: donating large amounts of money to fund Islamic extremist groups like The Muslim Brotherhood. Just a few days ago, President Donald Trump praised Saudi Arabia for their inflammatory accusations, saying that Qatar has “historically been a funder of terrorism at every level.” However, just hours ago, it was revealed that former US Attorney General John Ashcroft had been hired by the Qataris to clear their government of these claims that they consider to be totally baseless. While all of this invective being hurled from both sides...

June 30, 2017

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The recent diplomatic blockade ‘organised’ by Saudi Arabia and its allies actually shows the staunch vulnerability in the gulf region. The series of events bubbling up one after the other in quick succession is quite hard to digest. The pivot point of the circus of events was an alleged statement given by the Emir of Qatar which triggered a backlash from Saudi and Emirati media outlets. The Qatari government denied the claims, claiming that their national news agency, QNA was hacked. However, shortly thereafter, what is perhaps the most shocking diplomatic blockade of the recent times was drawn on the Qataris. Citizens residing in these countries were given a two weeks ultimatum to leave Saudi Arabia and its allied countries, flights including Etihad airways, Emirates etc. were abandoned in the region and all the diplomatic officials were removed from Qatar. 

This was not an impulsive reaction, but rather a result of tensions built up for qui...

After having bombarded every citizen with phone calls, propaganda, and billboards exposing their hypocritic smiles and false promise mottos, the State of Mexico now has a new governor, Alfredo del Mazo and thus new future actions. Last Sunday, the State of Mexico held elections. With no surprise, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won for the 92nd time since 1925. Angered with this result, I decided to research about what is yet to come.

After reading about the “great promises” from the new governor to the State of Mexico, one in particular caught my eye: giving a bimestral pay (‘Pink Salary’) to Mexican housewives. This Pink Salary is a debit card which will give housewives 1,200 Mexican Pesos, approximately 65 US dollars, every two months.

At first, it sounded fair to me and probably to more than half of the Mexican population as well, but after a deeper analysis, I concluded that the Pink Salary was simply another tactic to gain votes. This “great financial help” is nothing m...

Even after five days of deliberations, the jury of the Bill Cosby trial was unable to reach a consensus and the judge declared a mistrial. Two out of the twelve jurors blocked a guilty verdict for Cosby on sexual assault charges from Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee for the women’s basketball team. Constand accused Cosby of drugging and then raping her in his Philadelphia home back in 2004. Spokesman Andrew Wyatt views the mistrial as a win for comedian Bill Cosby.

Across the nation, emotions were stirred over the absence of closure for Constand and five dozen other women who came forward with their experiences of Cosby neglecting sexual consent. However, this trend of rich men being able to pay their way out of their mistakes is nothing new. In 2016, Brock Allen Turner, Stanford student-athlete, was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. After being caught in the middle of sexually assaulting a girl behind a dumpster, Turner served only three months of...

The women in the villages of the Democratic Republic of Congo have never forgotten the plights of massive and repeated waves of rapes, sexual violence, and gender based violence (GBV) that have been imposed since the advent of the liberation war in 1996.  Rape, sexual abuse, and GBV have remained an indelible scar in their minds, hearts, and bodies. These atrocities have been the prolongation of harsh domestic traditions that are weighing on women and girls as the society is a strong paternalistic community. The women worry about their country’s political development as the government often rejects the people’s will.

In 1996, Dictator Mobutu was replaced by Laurent Desire Kabila, and from that time, war succeeded war. LDK proclaimed himself president upon reaching Kinshasa until January 16, 2001, when one of his bodyguards shot him dead. During his presidency, LDK affirmed that elections would not be possible for two years, arguing that he needed more time to restore social order in the...

Freedom of the press has been a cornerstone in American democracy since the nation’s founding. Often called the fourth estate, a free press is meant to expose the truth without fearing the government’s retribution. However, the Trump administration currently threatens to undermine this constitutional freedom, as President Trump repeatedly and publicly his hatred for the mainstream media.

In a solo press conference held February 15th, 2017, President Trump referred to coverage of White House leaks as fake, blasting CNN for having “so much anger and hatred.” However, Trump acknowledged that the leaks were real and provided no evidence of CNN reporting unfairly. Three days later, he released a tweet that equated the mainstream media to fake news: "Don't believe the mainstream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL."

Trump’s statements are dangerous because they create public confusion, enabling more misinformation to seep into the public conscience. Though fair critiques ca...

Question: Which side is right in the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Pro-Israel, written by Noah Redlich, California 

There is an overwhelming consensus in the United States that it is crucial to have a pro-Israel foreign policy, but what exactly would that look like? This question is a source of huge contention that divides Jewish communities, political groups such as J Street and AIPAC, and ultimately, Washington’s politicians. Should we be more assertive in the Middle East? Can we afford to criticize Israel’s government yet still remain their strongest ally? By expressing concern about Palestinian rights and Israeli settlements, do we perpetuate anti-Israel and ultimately anti-Semitic sentiments around the world?  

For almost two decades, neoconservatives in both parties have argued for regime change in the Middle East, whether it be in Iraq, in Libya, or in Syria. Hawks like Dick Cheney, William Kristol, and John McCain have repeatedly stressed the need to implant American-style democ...

In the midst of a deplorable humanitarian crisis, why is there a growing stigma of hate?

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