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We need market solutions for responsible gun control in the United States

A Tragedy in Florida On February 14th, Valentines Day, and Ash Wednesday, students at Douglas High School in Florida were devastated by a nightmare situation as Nikolas Cruz ruthlessly murdered 17 people in yet another mass shooting. Cruz was detained by authorities, and the investigation continues into the incident. But this event reignites a controversial topic in the United States of the epidemic of mass shootings. The latest shooting was not the first mass shooting of 2018, nor do I anticipate it to be the last of the year. It seems every year we have tragic occurrences like this, thoughts …

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Achieving the dreams of a Yazidi refugee

By Maher Avdal, Translated by Farhad Barkat From the womb of suffering, the great Hazem Afdal and the American actor George Clooney were born. Hazem is a Yazidi refugee was one of the first students to excel in science at the University of Mosul Faculty of Medicine, in 2012 -2013 excel at the rate of 99.17 is one of the first on the Republic of Iraq / scientific branch. His education began to move between the villages and complexes belonging to Sinjar, and Hazem was forced to leave school because of the security situation and the genocide happened. Hazem thought he …

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Chaos reigns as Iran marks 39th Anniversary of the Islamic Republic

Sunday February 11, 2018 marks the 39th anniversary of the Islamic republic of Iran, the regime orchestrated its usual tactics to find numbers to attend the celebrations, celebrations that were cut short thanks to Israel. During the weekend Israel’s President Netanyahu ordered airstrikes on key Iranian military facilities in Syria, followed by a warning today that Israel will not stand by and will retaliate, “We will continue to strike back at any attempt to harm us,” Netanyahu said. The IDF also destroyed the Iranian drone launch site, this is another big blow to Islamic republic who is once again closer …

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Liberty in Crisis- A Perspective on Political Philosophy from Ryan T. Anderson

This Wednesday I had the chance to attend the annual American Public Philosophy Inst hosted by the American Political Philosophy Institute (APPI) from the University of Dallas featuring Ryan T. Anderson from the Heritage Foundation who discussed his take on the state of liberty in the United States. Headlining Anderson’s address, Christopher Wolfe, professor of politics at the University of Dallas and president of the American Public Philosophy Institute, described the importance of studying political philosophy in 2018, and described how he and the APPI believe the twenty-first century America faces a profound moral crisis, which manifests itself in a variety of deep social …

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Why is the Rohingya State Alienated by Myanmar?

Myanmar- an Unstable Union The 1947 Panglong Agreement, like the DNA which is in the chromosomes of human beings, is embedded in the heart and soul of all the Shan and other ethnicities within Myanmar. The 1947 Panglong Agreement, made the federal Union of Burma- without it, there is no union and each member states are independent of each other.    Unless the Panglong Agreement is honored, the conflict between the different ethnic or racial groups in Myanmar will continue. If a small country like East Timor can become an independent country, so can the Shan State within Myanmar.   …

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NaPo’s Pop Up Shop @ SMU- the start of Our Movement !

Our First Pop Up Shop!  Last Thursday and Friday the Nasty Politics Team were on the SMU campus for our first Pop Up Shop. We met with students, staff, community members, and friends from our Facebook Page to engage in honest conversations and to spread the word about our mission. We are raising money (check out our online shop too!)  to open up a Nasty Politics Cafe- an open space for people to openly talk about politics, and current events, and a place where those in need can get free legal advice, access to a community pantry, and a free phone …

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Congress must end non-disclosure and hush money for sexual offenders

After the revelation in October of multiple cases of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October, the dominos have been falling as more men in entertainment, media, and politics across the U.S. have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape, and more women (and in some cases men) are stepping forward. While sex offender scandals are not a new phenomenon, the accusations against Weinstein opened a floodgate and opened a conversation about coming forward about sexual misconduct, including the #MeToo movement which encouraged women to post on social media if they had been subject to …

Filipino-American Month- what it means to me

note: this article originally appeared on Medium at this link. In November 2009, the United States Congress passed House Resolution 780 recognizing the month of October as Filipino-American History Month. While looking through my Instagram feed a couple of hours ago, I saw something my cousin, who goes to nursing school at the University of San Francisco, posted under the trending #students4fahm. The hashtag called for an Instagram challenge where people would post pictures with the tag while answering personal questions about Filipino-American History Month, most significantly the culture of being Filipinx-American in current American society. Her post was intriguing, …

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Iran sees ISIS conflict as leverage against Israel

Iran’s battle against ISIS isn’t what it seems. Iran’s theocracy is using the fight against to gain ground on their influence in the Israel-Palestine conflict and a direct route into Israel. The Iranian regime was forced 4 months ago to change its route due to US military build-up assembled to fight ISIS. The new route goes from Tehran to Baghdad to Tel Afar near Mosul in Iraq and then to Damascus in Syria, then into Israel. Since then, advancements have been made since then by the Iranians.  As far as Israel’s leader Netanyahu is concerned, Iran is winning the Battle …

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Fighting ISIS is only the beginning for the Kurds

In the long battle against ISIS, one unlikely group helped turn the tides of the battle- the Kurdish people. the Kurds speak a Western Iranian language and live in a region that encompasses the northwestern part of Iran, the northern part of Iraq, northeastern Syria, and eastern Turkey.  The Kurds have long been a stateless people and as a result saw the fight against ISIS as an opportunity to fight for increased autonomy. The Kurds reside in a semi-autonomous state within Iraq which enjoys its own constitutional privileges. However many Kurds are looking for independence especially in the wake of …