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Afghan power transition tentatively bodes well

Afghan power transition tentatively bodes well

Bjorn Thompson, Opinions Contributor
October 28, 2014 • 125 views
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Following a decade of turmoil, violence remains rampant in Afghanistan. Instability is the order of the day, with 18 of 34 provinces still being contested between federal Afghan police and Taliban-associated insurgents. Despite the uncharacteristically positive news regarding the “democratic”... Read more »

Addiction as “learning disorder” asserts unfair reductionism

Addiction as “learning disorder” asserts unfair reductionism

Devon Brichetto, Opinions Contributor
October 27, 2014 • 319 views
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Maia Szalavitz, columnist and contributor to substance.com, believes that the world is approaching drug addiction from the wrong angle. In her article “Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied?” she compares drug addiction... Read more »

Secret Service blunders expose skewed priorities

Nick Squires, Opinions Contributor
October 26, 2014 • 224 views
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Security has been a pertinent issue in the United States for the last fifteen years. Wars waged in Afghanistan and Iraq promised to protect the lives and liberties of U.S. citizens. Domestic precautions such as the NSA and TSA are justified by their roles in national security. The issues... Read more »

Sperm bank mix-up illustrates lingering institutional racism

Sperm bank mix-up illustrates lingering institutional racism

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
October 25, 2014 • 269 views
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Three years ago in Uniontown, Ohio, same-sex partners Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon were informed five months into Cramblett’s pregnancy that sperm from an unintended donor of African heritage was mistakenly provided for the artificial insemination. As a result,... Read more »

Occupy Central is not a repeat of Tiananmen

Occupy Central is not a repeat of Tiananmen

Emma Whitford, Opinions Contributor
October 24, 2014 • 199 views
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Earlier this month, the people of Hong Kong began an occupation of the city’s central business hub called “Occupy Central with Peace and Love.” As its title suggests, the movement has been peaceful, though many are worried that it could abruptly turn violent. Tensions are already... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: October 17, 2014

Anna Priore
October 22, 2014 • 207 views
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I was saddened by the article “Pope’s leadership suggests modernized church” (Sept. 26), written by Scott Johnson ’18. Johnson claims that the Church is still “living in the 10th century” by upholding its stance on artificial contraception and premarital sex, and that it had... Read more »

Watson’s HeForShe formally invites men into gender equality discussion

Watson’s HeForShe formally invites men into gender equality discussion

Sage Fulco, Opinions Contributor
October 21, 2014 • 233 views
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It may a tad confusing to see Hermione Granger formally addressing the United Nations. But Emma Watson is no longer just a movie star and no longer a child: six months ago, she was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and now she is ready to begin making real... Read more »

Carleton medical amnesty case hinges on details

Carleton medical amnesty case hinges on details

Abby Grosse, Opinions Contributor
October 20, 2014 • 246 views
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In late September, a Change.org petition began to circulate on Oles’ Facebook walls. Between “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” posts and cat videos was a letter pleading on behalf of a Carleton student faced with expulsion. ... Read more »

#FinishIT campaign harnesses peer pressure to eliminate teen smoking

#FinishIT campaign harnesses peer pressure to eliminate teen smoking

Conlan Campbell, Opinions Contributor
October 19, 2014 • 235 views
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Few commodities can attest to holding the sort of cultural cachet that cigarettes do. Once heralded as among the most definitively “cool” status symbols in Western media and print, smoking’s ultimate descent is interesting in terms of being a public health issue in... Read more »

Denver students protest erasing civil disobedience in U.S. history

Cole Hatzky, Opinions Contributor
October 18, 2014 • 299 views
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The Washington Post reports that on Sept. 24, hundreds of students walked out of their Denver Advanced Placement (A.P.) history classrooms in response to a school board decision to review how the class should be taught. According to the Post, the school board plans to change... Read more »