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Washington Square News

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Washington Square News

Jonathan Tan/WSN

9/11 brings selective memory with regards to security

September 11, 2013

On this day, we remember 9/11 and the nearly 3,000 lives lost. But on this day, we also choose to forget. We forget the horrific way the American government responded, the wars and the spying and...

Rapid reporting detracts from important events

Rapid reporting detracts from important events

May 2, 2013

There is a man in Africa named Joseph Kony who is forcing children to become soldiers. A horrible storm called Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast and thousands are still affected. A recent school shooting...

China report on U.S. human rights violations reveals American hypocrisy

China report on U.S. human rights violations reveals American hypocrisy

April 25, 2013

Every year, the U.S. State Department releases a report on the status of human rights in countries around the world. Every year, one country is notably missing from this report — the United States. This...

Internet users should be informed about website data collection

Internet users should be informed about website data collection

April 11, 2013

Our online actions are revealing more and more about our real-life personalities and preferences. The advertisements we see online are presented based on the information companies have about us. This is...

Fear of word prevents stronger society

Fear of word prevents stronger society

March 28, 2013

The most powerful and offensive word in the English language is nigger. It is so offensive that most people are not supposed to say it when referencing it, but instead are supposed to call it “the n-word.”...

Prostitution should be legalized for individual protection, rights

Prostitution should be legalized for individual protection, rights

March 12, 2013

There are some things that are going to happen, regardless of who tries to stop them. Go to any maximum-security prison, and there will be inmates who do drugs. Similarly, no matter what laws the government...

Vague national borders complicate international disputes

Vague national borders complicate international disputes

February 28, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties recently concluded that border searches of electronic devices are constitutional. This in itself is not unreasonable,...

U.S. should not demonize Iran for their alleged quest to obtain nuclear weapons

U.S. should not demonize Iran for their alleged quest to obtain nuclear weapons

February 21, 2013

In the aftermath of North Korea’s third nuclear test since 2006, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast declared that Iran believes all nuclear weapons should be destroyed. Many Americans...

Liberating drug usage would improve economy

Liberating drug usage would improve economy

February 13, 2013

Governments exist to regulate interactions between people, often strangers, and prevent one party from injuring the other party in any way. What governments are not supposed to do is control individuals....

Instructing peace in the Middle East

Instructing peace in the Middle East

February 7, 2013

This is an article about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My editor warned me that I would receive hate mail after this article runs. That should tell you all you need to know about the level of hate...

Gun control and mental health debate continue

Gun control and mental health debate continue

January 28, 2013

In the 2002 film “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise is, as usual, on the run. The film depicts a society that relies on “precogs,” psychics who can see the future to predict crimes so that a task force...

Polarized media creates political intolerance

Polarized media creates political intolerance

December 3, 2012

In the 1960s, there were only a few television channels. Cable television, while available at the time, was not widely used. The Internet had not yet been invented. If you wanted to follow politics, you...