The Oberlin Review

Captagon Floods Market, May End Civil War

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist

October 30, 2015

I don’t think any of us know what the life of a typical Saudi prince is like, but I think everyone would be surprised with what one Saudi prince was up to on Monday. Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was detained at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut for trying to smuggle two tons of Captagon — a new amphetamine-type stimulant — on his private plane. TIME calls the Captagon trade “Syria’s Breaking Bad.” What is Captagon? It was originally an ADHD medication prescribed in the ’60s and was banned in the ’80s because of its addictive potential. Now the drug has made a comeback because of the civil war in Syria. Prescription Captagon was just a mild stimulant, but as factories ...

Settlement Necessary to End Syrian Crisis

Sean Para, Columnist

September 25, 2015

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 of death and destruction is a negotiated settlement that grants some of the demands of the major factions while also taking into account the interests of the major foreign powers intervening in the conflict. There are four main groups of combatants. First, the Assad regime itself, which controls many of the country’s population centers as well as Syria’s coastal strip — a large chunk of territory in the count...

Historian Eugene D. Schmiel, author of Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era

Off the Cuff: Eugene D. Schmiel, Civil War historian and author

February 6, 2015

Eugene D. Schmiel first came to Oberlin in 1969 as a graduate student at the Ohio State University writing his dissertation about Jacob Dolson Cox, OC 1850, a Civil War general who left his papers to the College archives. Cox later became governor of Ohio and secretary of the interior. Schmeil worked in the Foreign Service for 24 years. He served in five different countries during his career before retiring five years ago. He has spent the last four years writing Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and ...

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