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Written by Khady on Apr 19, 2009

On March 30th 2009, Dr. Ronnie Olesker spoke at the Contemporary Issues Forum at St. Lawrence University. The topic of her speech was, “ One Land: Three Peoples. Future Prospects for Jewish-Arab- Palestinian Relations in Israel”. Dr. Olesker started her speech with a brief chronology of the Arab-Israeli conflict starting from the conditions that led to the creation of the state of Israel in the first place. In her speech she very clearly explained to the audience why she believes that the only solution to the Israel Palestine conflict is a two state solution. According to her, the one state solution is ideologically and practically impossible, leaving the two state solution to be the only viable solution for the people of...

Written by Khady on Apr 19, 2009

On April 16th, the African Student Union (ASU) hosted a panel to discuss whether European nations should pay reparations to Africa for Slavery and Colonialism. The panel consisted of professors (Dr. Abye Assefa from the Sociology Department, Dr. Matthew Carotenuto & Dr. Elun Gabriel from the History Department) and students (Bupe Mazimba- Zambia & Francis Ndagijeimana – Uganda).

The panel ended up being a discussion whereby the members of the panel as well as the audience agreed that this was a rather loaded issue with various complications and complexities and that there was no...

Written by johncollins on Apr 17, 2009

As Americans and the world digest the horrifying Bush-era torture memos that were released yesterday by the Obama administration, it is easy to pretend that the torture policy was simply the product of rogue elements within the US government.  Such a view conveniently allows Americans to express their shock - shock! - at the war crimes (as Gil Scott-Heron once joked, "America leads the world in shock!") while ignoring the ways in which the nation's collective response to 9/11 paved the way for those very crimes....

Written by milansova on Apr 16, 2009

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Thank you Ron Paul. Here is a clip with Ron Paul debating with Steven Baldwin about the legalization of drugs. Each statement Baldwin makes is pretty much the age-old argument against drug legalization, and for each statement I also have a response.

Baldwin says that marijuana is a gateway drug:

In a study at the University of Pittsburgh they found that smoking marijuana is not the “gateway drug” which leads to more drug abuse , but rather the social situation that one is in leads to different types of drug use. Alcohol and tobacco are just as, if not more, commonly than marijuana.

“There isn’t enough research”

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Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 15, 2009

 

Where do your taxes go to? Many people are just used to pay taxes without even wondering where do they go to. Today many people  in the US are participating in the War tax resistance to avoid giving part of their income to sustain the wars going on. Acording to warresisters.org 54% of the federal taxes ( $1,449billion ) goes to military expending. Democracynow reports that " A new study from the National Priorities Project says that more than thirty-seven cents of every income tax dollar goes to military spending. By contrast, environment, energy and science spending projects split 2.8 cents of every tax dollar, while housing, community and food programs split 3.8 cents".

The ...

Written by JakeDexter on Apr 14, 2009

On March 30 Dr. Ronnie Olesker gave a presentation on the two-state solution in Israel/Palestine. It began with an informative historical introduction, but focused primarily on the situation for those Arabs, whom she referred to as minorities, within Israel. I left the presentation upon coming to some conclusions, and some questions.

After a brief historical introduction, Dr. Olesker provided themes to the conflict. The first, "victimhood"  accounted for the holocaust in the mind of the Jews and for the Palestinians, their removal from their homeland. This was referred to as the original sin of the Israeli state. The original sin was followed by a lack of policy regarding the status of those Arabs living within the newly formed Israeli state and a distinct "curtailment" or rights as well.

The majority of Jews emigrated to what was Palestine in the years following...

Written by Keilly on Apr 14, 2009

I am currently working on a research project in my Cultural Theory class on intellectual property rights and the ways in which television programs have been constructed and received around them.

 I was inspired by my good friend Lucia Bonsack and her research regarding the contentious issue of copy write laws in the music industry. She questions whether or not the ownership over what can be reproduced and altered to make new forms of music is legitimate considering the end-products can be altered so much that they may not even resemble the "original".

 Through discussions with her I became interested in this question of whether or not knowledge (in many forms including music, television, literature, websites etc.) can and should be owned and sold. Given the increased use of the internet and...

Written by milansova on Apr 13, 2009

After discussing the ridiculous nature of the coverage that the pirate situation in Somalia is getting I decided to browse around and see what non-US papers were writing. I was surprised to find that on the front page for BBC's website there was an article about Congressman Donald Payne's plane being targeted by mortars as he flew out so Somalia where he had been meeting with officials about the hostage situation. I didn't find anything about this on the front web pages of NY Times or LA Times. The Washington Post has...

Written by Keilly on Apr 8, 2009

Watch the whole thing.

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