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France on the Move

France on the Move

“People don’t realise that to be a centrist in French politics, and Macron is called a centrist, is very different from being a centrist in American politics.” Christopher Russo interviews Professor David Bell about the French Presidential election.

The path the truck drove in Nice, France when it plowed through people gathered to celebrate Bastille Day. 84 people were killed and 256 more were injured.

The Next Nice

The standard of proof required to charge someone with ideologically motivated terrorism in the courts of press and popular opinion has dropped to an all-time low, and we are perfectly content for the evidence to consist solely of circumstance and demographics, regardless of ideology.

Let’s talk privilege

Let’s talk privilege

Still, each “people’s” – each group’s – struggles and experiences are its own, disparate and different. That means limits exist to my understanding and ability to empathize. And by recognizing that, I refuse to make blanket statements, i.e., the struggles that we, as persons of color, face today.

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‘Fear and Trembling’ or ‘An Idiot Sandwich’?

‘Fear and Trembling’ or ‘An Idiot Sandwich’?

I’m no great patriot, but feel confident declaring that the United Kingdom is neither 52 percent ‘stupid’ nor 52 percent racist. Concerns about immigration were deemed to be the prime mover of Brexit, yet even so, I was reluctant to myopically interpret this as simple racism.

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wall front

Call it what it is: Apartheid Walls in the West Bank and Mexico

Proponents of either/both wall(s) justify the barriers as means of providing security, curbing immigration, and protecting lives. But that is the myth that uses “security” as the pretext for the tearing apart of families and shattering any hopes of a future for Palestinians. These walls must come down.

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Policing Nationality

Policing Nationality

As much as national security should be a priority for our administration, I am sick and tired and upset that this is unrelentingly utilized as a warrant for such blatantly discriminatory and hurtful measures. H.B. 158 is based on ethnicity and national origin – arbitrary factors that are largely beyond one’s own control.

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Dollars and Devotion

Dollars and Devotion

Like Al-Qaeda, ISIS took advantage of the disenfranchised, many of whom were enticed by the prospect of political and economic stability which had been lacking their entire lives. Unfortunately, the radicalism ascendant across Iraq and Syria was almost entirely avoidable. It was not the inevitable circumstance of demographics and history, but rather arose as the result of willful ignorance on the parts of Western elites who viewed the region as a collection of commodities and short term strategic choices.

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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn during a Labour Leadership and Deputy Leadership Hustings at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 28, 2015. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The UK’s Red Tide?

Currently, Labour is a weak and fragmented party that has a confused sense about what to do. It will not provide the singular platform necessary to articulate a coherent left-wing message, even if it had the leader to do it. Corbyn is a deserved product of Labour’s travails; but he is not the person the party, nor the left, needs right now.

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Princeton, PRINCO, & Environmental Responsibility

Princeton, PRINCO, & Environmental Responsibility

Princeton pursues many sustainable on-campus policies, but if it wants to invest in a sustainable future it should focus on its endowment as well as its campus. It is time to start attacking the threat of climate change from every possible angle, including through our investments.