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Gülin Ustabas
Gülin Ustabas is a freshman from Istanbul, Turkey, studying Philosophy. Here on campus, Gülin works as an Associate Editor for SURJ and as a SARA Ambassador, and is a member of SWIP and SIG. When she is not writing for excessive amounts of time, she enjoys learning new languages, traveling, drawing and listening to any kind of music. She is passionate about political philosophy and human rights.

For another life lost for journalism

Imagine: You develop a career as an experienced journalist from a part of the world where many are silenced. You gather knowledge, provide information and opinions for multiple worldwide outlets, and represent voices that would otherwise be missing at the table in the Western media. Along the way, you do what journalists do best: holding…

Blissfully ignorant

At Stanford, it is easy to get caught up in assignments, clubs and parties. Plunged into the lifestyle of following your calendar and checking off submitted papers, we are mostly separated from the outside world. I am not talking about the Stanford bubble: it is not the fact that we rarely leave campus or take part in…

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…

Ways of seeing

Gülin Ustabas writes on how her art class has helped her become more aware of the world, and how art can teach us to think more before we act.

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…

Home-sick-of-home

How do we decide to call a place home? Is home the house where we found ourselves when we were born, is it a place where we think we find our identities or is it a place where we constantly grow? Are we supposed to love our homes or hate them? Is home a house,…

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…
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