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Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 22, 2009
We all saw the interesting frame of Obama and Chavez shaking hands and smiling to each other in the Summit of the Americas.  This is an interesting frame given the countries increasing differences and after Chavez called Bush “the devil” in many occasions.  The US is ready to change its approach to Latin America, and start working with them, after the greater distance created after the events of 9/11. Latin America is in urgent need of internal cooperation and greater multilateral approach to human rights, the conservation of democracy and drug violence. More than talks, actions need to be taken. The...
Written by JakeDexter on Apr 21, 2009

In recent years, more and more literature has been produced making claims that the more developed and wealthy a given nation is, the greener it will be in the long run. Columnist or the New York Times,  Jon Tierney , has recently presented this argument, in a piece titled, "Use Energy, Get Rich, and Save the Planet.

Tierney argues since the beginning of environmentalism in the United States, the 1970's, the solution for becoming green has changed. In the 70's it was thought that less people, less wealth, and simpler technology was the solution to environmental issues. However, Tierney predicts that not only will...

Written by Khady on Apr 21, 2009

The headline that grabbed my attention today was about sex workers in India.  The front page of the Chennai edition of the Times of India reads:

“ Sex workers Warn of Poll Boycotts”

I have been reading up on the issue of sex workers and have been aware of the unionization of sex workers in Calcutta, but I do have to admit that this headline did catch me off guard. To give you an idea, the article mentioned here talks about how sex workers belonging to IPEC (Indira Peer Educators Collective) in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has put up a charter of demand in front of political parties.   Demands include application of labor rights to sex trade, stopping the atrocities towards and the harassment of sex workers,...

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”


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...