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Shooting the messenger

Following the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain, over 20 countries including the United States jointly expelled Russian diplomats in order to show unity. Britain is holding Moscow responsible for the poisoning, and its Western allies have been showing solidarity against this latest alleged act of aggression from Russia. In…

A new American dream

The American dream of the last century is no doubt vanishing and being replaced by a new global dream. Although people have gained insider information about the problems within the U.S. as a result of better connecting networks worldwide, America is still appealing to people from around the world and influences global trends. The reason behind…

What makes a religion?

In the past few weeks, there have been many discussions on campus surrounding free speech, student funding and hate towards certain religious beliefs, catalyzed by a controversial speaker event. Reading many opposing views, Internet trolls and explanations that did not change anyone’s opinion or behavior reminded me of a trend surrounding controversial topics in discussions:…

Toxic

Prioritization of people’s background and identity over individuals themselves is a major problem here in the United States. Character, ideas and contributions are undervalued compared to people’s backgrounds. Before our names and our humanity, we are our race, ethnicity or gender. We are “the Turk,” “the black guy” or “the Asian girl.” Often, to people from other…

Democracy or its evil brother?

Democracy, or the idea of democracy, is often lauded as the centerpiece of modern states. Democracy is worshipped, and its presence is regarded as irreplaceable. But how often are democracy’s core ideas, such as free discussion, emphasized in that praise? Can we call it democracy if it has become a mere headcount — as if…