The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Eddie Ryan

Eddie Ryan, Columnist

I am a junior studying history and economics. I am also interested in philosophy, law and public policy; I especially enjoy writing about politics and literature.

Reach me at [email protected]

All content by Eddie Ryan
Aftermath of a deadly explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon on Aug. 4, 2020. Columnist Eddie Ryan believes that much help is needed for country in preserving Old Lebanon.

Opinion | ‘Old Lebanon’ must be saved

In a year of many calamities, the suffering Lebanese...

German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democratic Partys candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives for a session of exploratory talks with leading members of the social democratic SPD party, the Greens and the free democratic FDP party in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 15. Columnist Eddie Ryan believes that it is important that the European Union must take a progressive turn and that Scholz might be able to help.

Opinion | EU must embrace progressive turn | I

A prerequisite for understanding the European Union...

U.S. Border Patrol agents interact with Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas on Sept. 20, as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. Columnist Eddie Ryan believes that it isnt possible for Haitians to seek asylum from America because of the current administration.

Opinion | Asylum for Haitians is not optional

Just before Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s murder...

Joe Manchin, senator from West Virginia,  speaks at the Devos Rally on Feb. 6, 2017. Columnist Eddie Ryan argues that Manchin moderation of climate change policies is a nightmare.

Opinion | Manchin’s moderation imperils climate bill

Just after last year’s general election, a friend...

A painting of a sleeping man called Le Convalescent ou le Blessé by artist Carolus Duran is shown above. Columnist Eddie Ryan supplies readers with notes from a convalescent.

DI Voices | Notes from a convalescent

I’ll admit that I’m at risk of violating a rule...

Neelab holds up her one year olds birth certificate. Columnist Eddie Ryan shares his opinion on the Afghanistan Refugee problem that is now taking place after the United States left Afghanistan.

Opinion | America is indebted to Afghan refugees

With the United States gone from Afghanistan, several...

Sergeant Zach Smola, rear door gunner on a CH-47, keeps watch on the mountains in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan on May 12, 2013. Columnist Eddie Ryan argues that Americas self absorption has hurt Afghans yet again.

Opinion | American solipsism hurts Afghans again

It strikes one as a morose and rather cruel instance...

At the  U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Vice President Kamala Harris swears-in Merrick Garland as U.S. Attorney General on March 11, 2021. Garland has not released the unredacted memo since it is now unshielded.

Opinion | What’s going on at the Department of Justice?

With the recent charges leveled at the Trump Organization...

Oscar Wilde (left) poses for a photo in 1852. P. G. Wodehouse (right) poses for a photo in 1904. Columnist Eddie Ryan claims that both authors have many parallels in their work.

Opinion | Wodehouse-Wilde nexus continually endures

Readers of Wodehouse and my previous piece might have...

Author P.G. Wodehouse poses for a photo in the 1930s. Columnist Eddie Ryan claims that Wodehouses novel “The Code of the Woosters” perfectly encapsulates British social conventions through his use of comedic remarks.

Opinion | Wodehouse novel depicts British social conventions through comedy

P.G. Wodehouse’s novel “The Code of the Woosters”...

George Orwell was a writer who wrote Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Columnist Eddie Ryan shares his thoughts on Orwells writings.

Opinion | Mind your Orwellian manners

Literature needn’t always descend into the grime...

In Dearborn, Amer Zahr gives a speech to protesters during a rally and march in support of Palestine on May 18, 2021. Columnist Eddie Ryan shares his ideas on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Opinion | Do not forget the Palestinian National Initiative

After two demoralizing weeks of devastation in Gaza...

Russian lawyer Alexei Navalny stares with intent on Oct. 22, 2011. Columnist Eddie Ryan argues that Navalny is facing a turning point in his career.

Opinion | Navalny faces another inflection point

At the moment, one thing in Russia seems clear: Alexei...

Opinion | Left should care about free speech

Opinion | Left should care about free speech

Upon attending a University town hall on free and hate...

The Student Union, along with many teachers, protest against a military coup in front of the State Government Office in Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar on Feb. 9. Columnist Eddie Ryan argues that suffering Burmese deserve stronger solidarity.

Opinion | Suffering Burmese deserve consolidated solidarity

Just two months have elapsed since the jarring and...

Farmers in India protest at a rally in 2020. Columnist Eddie Ryan argues that president Biden’s Asia-centric foreign policy needs to focus on integrating India into his plans.

Opinion | India integral to Biden’s Asia-centric foreign policy | II

The prudent humanitarian line on Kashmir, which is...

Authorities commence the evening flag lowering ceremony at the India-Pakistan International Border near Wagah in August 2017. Columnist Eddie believes that India is integral to Biden’s Asia-related policy.

Opinion | India integral to Biden’s Asia-centric foreign policy | I

Just one month into the Biden presidency and with a...

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