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Reflections on Haiti

April 14, 2010

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By Amy Fotta Assistant Director of Campus Ministry I have seen more devastation in Haiti than my mind or heart can even begin to comprehend.  Coupled with that, I have witnessed immense solidarity with the Haitian people  - outpourings of generosity, from medical...

Immigration Myths

April 1, 2010

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Myth: Immigrants take American jobs Truth: Corporations relocating in pursuit of cheap, vulnerable workers are the real job stealers. States with high immigrant populations have lower unemployment rates. Myth: Immigrants ar...

Reflections on the US/Mexico Border Trip

April 1, 2010

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By Karla Dalious Staff Writer Turn on any television recently and images of a crime-filled Mexico will doubtlessly fill the screen.  It’s a terrible place, they tell us, torn apart by drug trafficking and violence.  At least that’s what some of us heard when spreading the news that we would be ...

Perspectives on the Middle East from Taşpinar and Aslan

April 1, 2010

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By Nick Murley Staff Writer How is Barack Obama doing in his first term of presidency? What does the Middle East think of Obama’s policies on the Middle East? Omer Taşpinar, Ph.D. of the Brookings Institute, and Ali H. Aslan,...

Genocide in Africa: When Will it Stop?

April 1, 2010

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By Victoria Clarizio Staff Writer On Sunday, March 7 more than 200 Christians were killed in the country of Nigeria as part of ongoing religious violence between Muslims and Christians.  Traditionally Muslims have resided in...

Forgiven and Free

April 1, 2010

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Colleen Dunn Staff Writer “I am sorry”… “I forgive you.” This is the most powerful conversation that we can have with one another. If those six words are spoken from the heart and are real, they can go a very long way....

A Personal Experience in Chile

April 1, 2010

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By Katie Fox Staff Writer In July 2008, I traveled to Santiago, Chile to begin training as a volunteer English as a Foreign Language instructor.  The training, in-country placement, and host family accommodations, were coordinated...

"But Mom…It's Not My Fault!"

March 1, 2010

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Image via Wikipedia By Christina Morozov Staff Writer Sorry Mother Nature, but it looks like an innocent round of the blame game has prolonged your stay under the greenhouse. At the Copenhagen Climate Summit, 110 world leader...

The Iranian Dilemma

March 1, 2010

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Image via Wikipedia By Chuck Fisher Peace & Justice Editor Should we hate Iran, love them, pity them, ignore them?  What if we just bomb them? Nothing solves problems like kilotons! What do we do? On one hand there is a very repressive government and on the othe...

The Peace Sign and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

March 1, 2010

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Image via Wikipedia By Victoria Clarizio Staff Writer The peace sign can be found on almost every commercial object these days.  Many claim a special love for it, but at what point does mass production cause a symbol to lose i...

Khaled Hosseini: Author & Peacemaker

March 1, 2010

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Cover of The Kite Runner By Victoria Clarizio Staff Writer You may know Khaled Hosseini as the author of the best selling books The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but he is also a humanitarian making great efforts to help women and children in Afghanistan, where his novels take place. Hosseini was born in Afghanistan, but unlike millions of other Af...

Revealing the Shadows: Darfur, Colombia, and Tibet

March 1, 2010

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Image via Wikipedia By Victoria Garafola Staff Writer Quick, think of the first international news story that comes to mind.  Chances are that you think of a well-known story, not the easy to miss conflicts so many people never hear ab...