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Boko Haram: The terrorists you don’t know about

A map of Baga and Doron Baga, Nigeria where Boko Haram burns towns.

Ayman Farid, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015

During the week of Jan. 4, two horrific terrorist attacks took place. In one, a total of 17 people were killed at the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an isolated (albeit horrible) attack by two gunmen. In the other, possibly up to 2,000 innocent citizens of the Nigerian town...

‘Charlie Hebdo’: Not a black and white issue

‘Charlie Hebdo’: Not a black and white issue

Ayman Farid, Staff Writer

February 5, 2015

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Given the recent tragedy in France, this well-known quote by the philosopher Voltaire has become a cornerstone of the argument concerning the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. This...

Going solo: Obama keeps reform moving

Going solo: Obama keeps reform moving

Jake Gold, Staff Writer

December 18, 2014

Drilled into the heads of civics and government students from day one is the concept of “separation of powers,” an essential part of the U.S. government. However, during the past two years, the 113th Congress has been less productive than any Congress for the past six decades, according to the Washington...

World leaves size-12 carbon footprint

Ozone, the chief component of smog, is a by-product of emissions from automobiles, power plants and oil refineries such as this refinery, on the Delaware River.

Daniel Jarris, Staff Writer

November 26, 2014

In a monumental decision on Nov. 12, the world’s two largest economic superpowers came to an agreement to prevent further environmental degradation due to carbon emissions. In this agreement, Chinese president Xi Jinping has pledged to cap carbon emissions by the year 2030, and President Barack Obama...

Ebola: not your problem

Ebola: not your problem

Ben Concepcion, Comment Editor

November 7, 2014

Profuse bleeding, severe headaches, vomiting, fever and internal hemorrhaging: Why shouldn’t you be scared? In just the past several weeks, the word Ebola has been used more than it had since at least 1995, the last time that there was an outbreak of the disease in Africa. Ebola isn’t a nice...

No clear choices in battle with ISIS

Shiite militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada Sadr enter Amirli, Iraq, on Monday, Sept. 1 after helping to liberate the town from a nearly three-month siege by Islamic State militants.

Bunyamin Sevim, Staff Writer

October 14, 2014

During the last four years I’ve been to Turkey three times, volunteered at a refugee camp twice, and crossed the Syrian border once. I’ve seen people who’ve faced war and death time after time as their countries were ravaged by forces inside and outside their borders. And time and time again, I’ve...