Opinion: Different Lands, Different Politics

Opinion: Different Lands, Different Politics

I recently watched In The Loop, a British black comedy film that satirises British and American politics in the 21st century. It featured hilarious insults from Malcolm Tucker (portrayed by Peter Capaldi) and it also reminded me of how starkly different British and American politics are. We may share the...

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We Are Living in a Simulation: The Spectacle

We Are Living in a Simulation: The Spectacle

One night at dinner my friend looked up from his half-eaten burger and nibbled fries and said to me, “I feel like I’m living in a surrealist painting.” It was a sentiment I agreed with completely: that day newscasters reported on migrant caravans, Russian collusion, and political assassinations, among other...

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George H.W. Bush, 41st President and War Hero, Dies at 94

George H.W. Bush, 41st President and War Hero, Dies at 94

George H.W. Bush, former president and lifelong public servant, who went from being the youngest fighter pilot in World War II to leading the country through the end of the Cold War, died late Friday night at the age of 94. Bush, who was the longest living president in American...

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Restricting Speech is a Disaster for Democracy

Restricting Speech is a Disaster for Democracy

Every major social development in our country’s brief history has come about through the freedom to discuss ideas without impunity. In antebellum America, the abolitionist movement found strength in framing slavery as a reprehensible, immoral evil, a narrative that grew in acceptance and established itself as truth after a bloody...

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The Jamal Khashoggi Case Debrief

The Jamal Khashoggi Case Debrief

Jamal Khashoggi was a Washington Post writer and political dissident of the Saudi Arabian monarchy. He spoke out against the Saudi crackdown on media, radical islam, and the  regime’s involvement in Yemen. Due to his beliefs and public image, the Saudi government banned him from entering the county. On October...

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Across the Pond, Liberalism is a lot different

Across the Pond, Liberalism is a lot different

Some right-wing Americans seem to forget that their country was founded on liberal principles. Some can’t even get the definition correct. The word liberal’s common use is now as a word of abuse, and some even think liberalism is a mental disorder. At this moment in time, the type of...

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Med School Myth: Practicing Abroad

Med School Myth: Practicing Abroad

“You are not useful until you have been trained,” states an article in the International Urogynecology Journal, which discusses urogynecology medical volunteerism by doctors. Even fully licensed doctors trained in the United States can do harm when conducting procedures in other countries. Different health problems exist in foreign countries that...

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What is Single Payer? An Explainer

What is Single Payer? An Explainer

Thanks to fierce backing by well-known progressives like Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, debates over single-payer have dominated the American healthcare policy landscape in 2018. Considering the importance of the issue and its continuing rise in the political realm, it is important to know exactly...

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Revamped NAFTA, Now U.S.M.C.A, Saved at the Brink

Revamped NAFTA, Now U.S.M.C.A, Saved at the Brink

Late Sunday night, Canada agreed to join the newest version of NAFTA, which was already signed on by the U.S. and Mexico last month. Officially to be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or the USMCA, this was a last-ditch attempt to salvage the older version of NAFTA so often criticized...

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Retired Colonel John Agoglia shares perspective as military planner during 9/11

Retired Colonel John Agoglia shares perspective as military planner during 9/11

(Photo Credit: PKSOI, Stability Operations) In memory of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Vanderbilt Programming Board hosted retired Colonel John Agoglia who spoke about his military experience with the topic “Planning the U.S. Response to 9/11.” Agoglia was a military planner based at Central Command in Tampa,...

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