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Gaddafi Actions in Libya Require Military Intervention

Alex Posa
March 11, 2011
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The time has come for the African Union or the UN to enter Libya. If we can’t use our weight to coerce international organizations to stop the brutality, we must enter with support from our allies. With thousands already dead and Gaddafi showing no signs of giving up power, the world can’t use condemnation...

America Approaching Class Warfare

Pete Sabo
March 11, 2011
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“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention” is the most appropriate maxim to apply to what’s been happening in the past weeks across the U.S. in the battle for labor unions against the greed of Wall Street and its corporate cronies running our states. Governor John Kasich, for instance,...

Pondering Cross-Atlantic Pedagogies

Rina Seegoolam
March 4, 2011
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The syllabus of my first history class at Oberlin College stated that the class would have six discussion sessions that would last the entire class. As an exchange student, I was very surprised and thought that this would never be possible because students would not have enough things to say. I was wrong....

Pro-Choice Views Need Depth

Chip Williams
March 4, 2011
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The Review’s editorial last week concerning Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill,” a proposed ban on abortion after a fetus’s heartbeat can be detected, rightly condemns the legislation as dangerous and wrongheaded. However, like the majority of arguments put forth by the “pro-choice” camp, it fails...

Reflections on Gloria Steinem: Feminism Struggles Against All Oppression

Katy MceGhee and Shannon Ikebe
March 4, 2011
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Gloria Steinem has reminded us of why we are feminists, and why everyone should be. Feminism, she has passionately appealed to us, is about us all, about the very nature of the society which we are continually in the process of creating and recreating. It is our duty (and our joy!) to use the tools and...

Public Programs Suffer Under New Budget

George Berry
February 25, 2011
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Thanks to an extension of the Bush tax cuts, extraordinary levels of military spending, slow economic growth and exploding healthcare costs, our projected deficit for 2011 stands at a staggering $1.6 trillion. Republicans were voted into office last fall on a platform of “restoring fiscal sani...

The Meaning of Wisconsin: A Leftist Resurgence

Shannon Ikebe
February 25, 2011
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The time has finally come. Ever since the beginning of the global, systemic crisis of the neoliberal economy in 2008, there has been a hope for the leftist resurgence that could finally bury three decades of right-wing hegemony. The establishment politicians began imposing further austerity measures...

Freshman Stress On the Rise

Eva Sachs
February 18, 2011
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The first year of college can be easily stressful for anybody. Being away from friends and family for the first time, taking on new responsibilities — not to mention countless new opportunities like choices of classes, extracurricular activities, and so on — make it easy for a student to overexert...

Mubarak Vs. The Muslim Brotherhood: Pigeonholing the Debate

George Berry
February 11, 2011
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The discussion in the major American media sources concerning the protests in Egypt has been strange to watch. The Obama administration has certainly clouded the debate by taking contradictory positions — some in the same news cycle. Yet regardless of official policy, one would hope that our national...

Beyond Jon Stewart: Escaping Democratic Centrism And Finding a New Left

Shannon Ikebe
February 11, 2011
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“Why would you work with Marxists actively subverting our Constitution?” So rhetorically posed Jon Stewart at the “Rally to Restore Sanity” last October. As an activist of the Marxist persuation, I can certainly assure the darling of liberal America that I am not in the business of subverting the ...

Explaining Oberlin Earth First

Kalan Sherrard
December 4, 2009
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Two weeks ago, when one of the premier global warming skeptics, Richard Lindzen, came to speak, several of us in and outside of Earth First! got together and decided we needed to emphasize the danger of posing such views as an authentic or credible discourse. We came to this decision guided by our consideration...

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