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Issue 3 Will Boost Ohio’s Economy

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
September 25, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for nonviolent possession of marijuana in the U.S. In 2010, the U.S. spent over $3.5 billion on marijuana law enforcement. In 2012, 42.4 percent of FBI drug arrests were for marijuana. The war on drugs has failed, and draconian, racist and expensive marijuana laws mu...

California Verdict Legitimizes Suicidal Ideation

Cyrus Eosphoros, Online Editor
September 25, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This column contains discussion of suicide, assisted suicide and ableism. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health, the main purpose of ...

Settlement Necessary to End Syrian Crisis

Sean Para, Columnist
September 25, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Syria has now been embroiled in a brutal civil war for four and a half years. The conflict has morphed into a proxy war as various powers compete for influence on the ground and seek to use Syria to further their larger foreign policy aims. The country is entirely fractured. The only way to end this morass...

Eastern Europe Still Endures Russian Influence

Sean Para, Columnist
September 18, 2015
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The U.S.-Russian relationship has changed dramatically in the past year and a half. After more than two decades of cooperation, the old foes have returned to their previous antagonism. The cause — the Ukraine Crisis and ensuing war in the Donbass — continues to smolder and drive the two powers apart....

Radical Activism Divides LGBTQ+ Community

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
September 18, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Even more than the average Obie, I hang around a lot of radical queer activists, online and off. It means I get to live with the weird duality of often being the furthest left in a physical room while being the closest to a thing to a conservative as soon as I open Twitter. I have noticed a trend in the people avowedl...

Environmentalists Can Learn from ISIS Occupation

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
September 18, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In an election season defined thus far by a rogue email server, a neurosurgeon once played by Cuba Gooding Jr. in a made-for-TV film and cries to “make America great again,” it should come as no surprise that one of the most serious and consequential foreign policy arguments made by a presidentia...

Fair Executions Impossible to Achieve

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
September 18, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

At the end of his inspiring Convocation talk, Brian Stevenson was asked, “Are there people who deserve to die?” And he answered something like, “Personally, I do not think so.” We are not our worst action. But it wouldn’t matter if there were people who deserve to die. Does the criminal just...

U.S. Fails to Learn from Mistakes in Middle East

Sean Para, Columnist
September 11, 2015
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A remarkable and nigh-apocalyptic period of tumult and war is occurring in the Middle East. An order that grew out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and was cemented after the WWII has collapsed across the region. The first step in this process was the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq, which destroy...

Embracing Intellectual Diversity Improves Decision-Making, Problem-Solving Skills

CJ Blair, Columnist
September 11, 2015
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When you look outside your dorm room window, the trees you see are probably maples, oaks or honey locusts. While this is not a guarantee, they are far and away the most likely choices, with only a handful of other possibilities. After a summer of reading a field guide to trees like it was the Bible,...

James Joyce Teaches Master Class on Seizing Opportunities

CJ Blair, Columnist
September 4, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Few transitions are stranger than starting summer break after a year of college. Admittedly, I thought going to Oberlin would grant me a lifetime exemption from boredom and access to any internship I wanted. But being an Obie doesn’t change the fact that many workplaces don’t accept first-years, leavi...

Great Power Politics Return to International Relations

Sean Para, Columnist
September 4, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Last year was a watershed year in international relations. We are seeing its dramatic effects this year and will continue to do so in many ways, as 2014 marked a return to previous Great Powers’ political relationships. First of all, the Ukraine Crisis and ensuing civil war in Donbass laid bare ...

Domestic Partnership Policy Invasive, Exclusive

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
September 4, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Two things happened in my life last May, within weeks of each other: I proposed, and my fiancée graduated. She decided to live in Oberlin. I decided to live with her. Technically, we could have gotten married already. We might have even been able to manage it the day I proposed if we had borrowed...

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