Politics
The path to asylum is tainted red

The path to asylum is tainted red

Millions of refugees are fleeing their homes in an attempt to escape the Syrian civil war that began in 2011.  A majority of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, while others have sought asylum throughout Europe. Meanwhile, Canada has already welcomed over 40,000 Syrian refugees.  The United States, however,...
Chemical attack by Syrian government - US missile response

Chemical attack by Syrian government – US missile response

On Tuesday, April 3, reports were released detailing a chemical attack using sarin nerve gas that occurred in Northwestern Syria targeting civilians. The attack caused an estimated 500 injuries, 50-100 of which were fatalities. Despite several accusations towards the Syrian government for the attack, President Bashar al-Assad  and the Russian government claimed the rebel forces initiated...
South Carolina rejects school A-F grading scale

South Carolina rejects school A-F grading scale

On April 5, the South Carolina House of Representatives rejected a plan to grade public schools on an A-to-F scale, instead favoring a scale that ranges from Excellent to Unsatisfactory. This action stems from a fear of stigmatizing struggling schools, which occurred under the No Child Left Behind Act. The No Child Left Behind Act...
Brexit officially initiated by UK Prime Minister

Brexit officially initiated by UK Prime Minister

On Mar. 29, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May sent a formal notice to document The United Kingdom’s official withdrawal from the European Union. The UK was able to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which allows countries to leave the EU – putting them on track to leave the EU in 2019. On the...
Trump and Ryan pull Trumpcare before vote

Trump and Ryan pull Trumpcare before vote

On Mar. 26, the Trump Administration pulled the American Health Care Act designed to replace the Affordable Care Act before a vote could occur on the bill. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Trumpcare would have left millions without healthcare and disadvantaged the poor disproportionately. In addition, Republicans who were unwilling to completely disregard the benefits of Obamacare...
Trump budget cuts funding for most federal programs

Trump budget cuts funding for most federal programs

On Mar. 16, the Trump Administration released their “America First” budget blueprint, highlighting their ideal spending for the next four years. The blueprint remains a provisional plan, only reflecting the president’s wishes and his future outlook. A final draft of the federal budget must first be approved by Congress and has yet to be released....
President Trump’s tax returns released

President Trump’s tax returns released

On Mar. 14, President Trump released his 2005 tax returns after months of refusal. Trump claimed that he could not release information on his returns because they were under a routine federal audit, however many thought that Trump’s reluctance to release his returns stemmed from his 1995 tax returns declaring a $916 million loss, an...
Hate speech painted on library named for Emanuel AME victim

Hate speech painted on library named for Emanuel AME victim

On Monday, Mar. 13, racist and homophobic graffiti defaced the Cynthia Graham Hurd Library, W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center, and a house on Playground Road. The three cases of vandalism occurred within one mile of each other, but authorities have not determined whether the events are connected. All three incidents used inappropriate language and slurs to...
Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Last evening, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to a sold-out crowd in TD Arena about the criticality of race in America’s history and identity as a nation. Coates, one of America’s foremost intellectuals, has written several critically-acclaimed books about the Black experience in the United States. His essays for The Atlantic magazine, such as “My President Was...
Trumpcare spells higher premiums for most Americans

Trumpcare spells higher premiums for most Americans

On March 6, President Trump and Congressional Republicans released the American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare, which was soon deemed, fittingly enough, “Trumpcare.” The House did not have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act – instead, they are using a “budget reconciliation to change spending and tax aspects of the ACA,” as...
Slut shaming or woman taming?

Slut shaming or woman taming?

When Teja Vyavahare approaches the table at Starbucks, there is just one thing to notice: her big-lettered “I Love Consensual Sex” T-shirt. Confidently, she sits down, unphased by the attention that accompanied her on the walk from Stern Center. This same attention accompanies her now, as people steal quick glances toward our table. It is...
Activist Bree Newsome speaks at The College

Activist Bree Newsome speaks at The College

On Wednesday Feb. 22, activist Bree Newsome spoke at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. Bree, a North Carolina native, gained national fame in 2015 when she was arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House. The main point of Newsome’s lecture was to ask her audience if they were “woke,” or...
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