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Divide and conquer: the strategy of America’s enemies

By Guzi He, Columnist

December 10, 2018


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Roughly 231  years ago, James Madison proclaimed that to divide and conquer was the “reprobate axiom of tyranny.” He was referring to the European empires that lurked around North America waiting to prey on the infant United States. Today, America has worked its way to the top; her roaring eco...

G20 meeting will produce trade deal or disaster

G20 meeting will produce trade deal or disaster

By Daniel Jin, Columnist

December 6, 2018


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Last Saturday, President Trump and President Xi met in Buenos Aires during the annual G20 Summit. This meeting between leaders of the two largest economies in the world decided whether there will be a new trade deal or a new worldwide disaster. The history of the 2018 U.S.-China trade war remains far ...

Facebook does anything to profit

Facebook does anything to profit

By Anthony Gavrilchenko, Columnist

December 3, 2018


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Facebook is a danger to society. This is not a particularly hot take, but it is one that has been supported by recent developments and historical trends. Under the guise of Thanksgiving, Facebook admitted to the contents of an investigative New York Times piece that suspected systemic misconduct on Facebook’s part in dealing with Russian electioneering, tribalistic divisiveness and anti-Semitic damage control. This is the most rec...

Mother Russia threatens Mother Nature

Mother Russia threatens Mother Nature

By Fred Shoaff, Columnist

November 27, 2018


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A recent harrowing climate report released by the U.S. Government shed light on a dark future for the nation. With a focus on the impending damages of CO2 emissions, the report emphasized a stark warning: If provisions for oil, fuel and energy production can’t reign in the climate, the entire worl...

Pritzker, Rauner overspent for governorship

Pritzker, Rauner overspent for governorship

By Collin Carmichael, Columnist

November 26, 2018


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We recently had the most expensive governor’s race not only in Illinois history, but in the history of governor’s races in the United States. The fight between the Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker had a profound effect on students here on campus, and not sim...

Democratic ‘Blue Wave’ falls short

Democratic ‘Blue Wave’ falls short

By Ajay Dugar, Columnist

November 16, 2018


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If the 2018 midterms were a referendum on the Trump administration, policies and actions, then the democratic “Blue Wave” failed.  While voter turnout increased by nearly 40 percent from last midterm election, democrats did not get the results they wanted. In recap of the Kavanaugh hearing fiasco...

Nationalism should not be demonized

Nationalism should not be demonized

By Guzi He, Columnist

November 15, 2018


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Some  critics could not stop bombarding Trump after he called himself a “nationalist”, and so a Pittsburgh man with anti-immigrant beliefs opening fire on a synagogue just gave critics a nuclear missile. Ever since Allied troops pried open the gates of Auschwitz, nationalism in the U.S. is seen as evil incarnate, ...

Time for the US to make new friends

Time for the US to make new friends

By Ajay Dugar, Columnist

November 13, 2018


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Saudi Arabia continues to deflect and deny any wrongdoing after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Despite the fact that the murder of a well-known critic of the autocratic Muslim regime was premeditated and unimaginably cruel, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince and head o...

Record midterm voter turnout must continue into 2020

Record midterm voter turnout must continue into 2020

By Noah Nelson, Columnist

November 12, 2018


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President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision.” His words stand true even today, as last Tuesday, Americans went to the polls to cast their vote for their favored politicians, changing the United States federal level of politics for the next few years...

Eliminating birthright citizenship ignores history

Eliminating birthright citizenship ignores history

By Kyra Sadovi, Columnist

November 8, 2018


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President Trump has toppled many presumed norms and policies in his two years in office. His latest assault is on birthright citizenship, something previously viewed as such a vital cornerstone of our American values that even the Supreme Court hasn’t questioned it in over a century. President Tru...

Midterms should spark change in Illinois’ economic policy

Midterms should spark change in Illinois’ economic policy

By Daniel Jin, Columnist

November 6, 2018


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It's Nov. 6, 2018. With the midterm elections well underway, one thing that shouldn't be forgotten as we vote is Illinois's current economic policy. Illinois is still facing serious fiscal and economic tragedies. Considering the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election will directly affect the state’...

Feminists should still feel empowered on Halloween

Feminists should still feel empowered on Halloween

By Abby Weber, Columnist

October 31, 2018


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You’re at a Halloween party. There are women dressed as cats, witches and superheroes; all of these are scant and revealing costumes, as is the Halloween tradition nowadays. Behind the mask, can these women be feminists? Or are they exactly the opposite? Feminism, simply put, is the equality of wom...

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