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Ending Afghanistan Starts at the University

Ending Afghanistan Starts at the University

As a forever war drags on, students must understand their historic importance in stopping conflicts and pick up their contemporary responsibility to oppose the war in Afghanistan.
Cole Stallone, Opinion Editor Sep 12, 2019

Eighteen years ago, the United States began preparing for war. Supported by 88% of Americans at the time, the Bush administration rushed into a conflict in Afghanistan that has...

The US-China Trade War, Explained

The US-China Trade War, Explained

The escalation of the trade war negatively impacts the working class.
Diya Jain, Deputy Opinion Editor Sep 11, 2019

At first glance, it is easy to miss just how far-reaching the negative impacts of the U.S.-China trade war are. What started off as a race to be the leading global power in 2011...

The Nuances of Donating Clothes

The Nuances of Donating Clothes

Although donating clothes is a common way one can give back to the community, it can have potentially devastating impacts worldwide — in one particular case, in Zambia.
Clare Shiraishi, Staff Writer Sep 9, 2019

When we donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army, it is with good intentions — to help people in need and to be more sustainable in how we dispose of unwanted clothing. However,...

Travel Can Revitalize Hong Kong

Travel Can Revitalize Hong Kong

Traveling to Hong Kong can help boost the city’s economy, which has suffered in the midst of protest.
Ashley Wu, Staff Writer Sep 4, 2019

The reports coming out of Hong Kong have been dominated by extreme stories about the protests. In the Chinese supermarket, I catch whispers traveling over meticulously-stacked...

Only Korea Should Determine Korean Peace

Only Korea Should Determine Korean Peace

As Japan and South Korea feud over trade and security issues, it is important to discuss why Japan should be kept out of Korean peace negotiations.
Jun Sung, Deputy Opinion Editor Sep 2, 2019

Japan and South Korea have recently been involved in a number of disputes resulting in high economic and security tensions between the two countries. These disputes include a trade...

Learning to Communicate After Kashmir

Learning to Communicate After Kashmir

The online reaction to the revoking of Article 370 speaks a lot about the confused voice of today’s youth.
Diya Jain, Deputy Opinion Editor Aug 22, 2019

August 5th, 2019 is a day few Indians will forget; social media sites buzzed for days to follow. The ruling political power of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party, announced that...

K-pop’s Corporate Greed

K-pop’s Corporate Greed

With the popularity of K-pop around the world, it’s important to recognize the exploitation of artists by corporations.
Jun Sung, Contributing Writer Apr 28, 2019

In the last couple of years, K-pop has expanded into the global cultural sphere, with groups like BTS, BLACKPINK and TWICE gaining massive followings and embarking on tours stretching...

Reflecting on Notre Dame and the Rightful Return of Africa’s Soul

Reflecting on Notre Dame and the Rightful Return of Africa’s Soul

It is possible to recognize what has been lost in the tragedy of the Notre Dame fire while simultaneously acknowledging what other, less discussed nations have lost at the hands of European colonization.
Sarah John, Deputy Opinion Editor Apr 28, 2019

One quote in particular in the New York Times article “What the Notre-Dame Fire Reveals About the Soul of France,” stood out to me. A Parisian stated, “it’s our roots,...

Students observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Sri Lankan bombings. (Alana Beyer)

Sri Lanka Was on Fire, Too

How long until we start recognizing tragedies that happen outside the Western world?
Diya Jain, Columnist Apr 25, 2019

Gut-wrenching attacks were carried out this past Easter Sunday in hotels and churches across Sri Lanka, leaving more than 300 people dead and about 500 injured. My heart goes out...

Next Steps in US-NKorea Discussions

Next Steps in US-NKorea Discussions

As talks between the U.S. and North Korea stall, the U.S. must transition to plans on full denuclearization, not just a one-sided one.
Jun Sung, Contributing Writer Apr 22, 2019

Since the failure of the second Trump-Kim summit, denuclearization and peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula have come to a standstill. On one hand, the U.S. continues to...

The Dangerous Impact of the Far-Right in Japan

The Dangerous Impact of the Far-Right in Japan

Considering political tensions in East Asia and the country’s own history, it is imperative that the growing influence of the Japanese far-right be addressed.
Jun Sung, Contributing Writer Apr 14, 2019

Recently, Japan has seen a rise of far-right groups, or “uyoku dantai.” Their nationalist agenda advocates for policies such as replacing the current pacifist constitution,...

The Human Rights Catastrophe in China That We Should Be Talking About

The Human Rights Catastrophe in China That We Should Be Talking About

As an ethnic and religious minority is subjected to surveillance and torture in western China, our recognition and responsibility of the Uighur people are of paramount importance.
Hanna Khosravi, Opinion Editor Apr 9, 2019

In the media, commentary surrounding China and its political sphere is usually dominated by clips regarding the economic value of U.S.-Chinese relations (you can hear the president...