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Opinions & Analysis: Military vs. Healthcare—Notes on the U.S. Government’s Priorities in Pandemic Times

Opinions & Analysis: Military vs. Healthcare—Notes on the U.S. Government’s Priorities in Pandemic Times

Covid-19 has highlighted how the American government prioritizes military expenditures over the lives of Americans.
Roslyn Simka October 23, 2021
It’s now October of 2021. Covid-19 has stolen the lives of an estimated 708,000 Americans. But amidst arguably the worst public health crisis of this generation, it is clear that the U.S. government has no real sense of urgency in pushing for universal healthcare; a response that no doubt would promote the safety of all. Instead, during this pandemic reality, our country’s leaders would rather pour a staggering $778 billion into the grossly inflated military-industrial complex.
Individual Action Is A Drop in the Bucket of California Drought Reform

Individual Action Is A Drop in the Bucket of California Drought Reform

We have been approaching the issue of droughts in California incorrectly—it's time for collective action
Anika Chatradhi October 23, 2021
You know you’re in California when you look out the window and see a Martian landscape complete with hazy orange skies. Nearly every single year we dread our fifth season: fire season—and 2021 is no exception.
The Impact & Colonial Legacy of Mass Tourism on Native Hawaiian Residents

The Impact & Colonial Legacy of Mass Tourism on Native Hawaiian Residents

Native Hawaiians struggle to manage the effects of the immense number of tourists in an effort to preserve their economy and cultural heritage.
Brianna Wiles October 23, 2021
With picturesque islands and rich cultural heritage, the beautiful state of Hawaii has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world today. The islands have been famous since their ‘discovery’ by Europeans in the 18th century, popularized for their year-round warm weather and gorgeous beaches.
Accountability in a Post #MeToo World: The Andrew Cuomo Case

Accountability in a Post #MeToo World: The Andrew Cuomo Case

The implications and legacy of Cuomo's resignation after the investigation into his history of sexual harassment
Nicholas Corral and Rahul Ramarao October 23, 2021
“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law." With these words, New York Attorney General Letitia James sealed the political fate of the governor. At the height of the pandemic, Cuomo’s approval ratings had soared. However, following investigations of sexual harassment claims by Cuomo's employees, he was pressured to resign.
Care First, Jail Last. What If We Invested in Mental Health Centers Instead of Jails?

Care First, Jail Last. What If We Invested in Mental Health Centers Instead of Jails?

A look into how the California criminal justice system overlooks the necessity of mental health support
Alice Kang October 19, 2021
On September 24th of this year, three dozen citizens protested outside the Santa Clara Main Jail with various signs and posters featuring messages such as “Care First, Jail Last.” This protest was in response to the city’s proposal for the establishment of a new jail. Given the injustice of the current criminal justice system, many are advocating for the funding to instead support a center for mental health.
Less Lethal Is Still Lethal: A Look at Rubber Bullets

“Less Lethal” Is Still Lethal: A Look at Rubber Bullets

"Rubber" is not an excuse for the misuse of rubber bullets
Olivia Wahl October 19, 2021
You and a friend are attending a local protest. You are holding up a handmade cardboard sign to show your solidarity fighting for the cause. The next thing you know a bullet is suddenly lodged in your skull, blood is flowing down your face, and you are being rushed to the hospital. Throughout the last 50 years of protests in the US, this has become the reality for an increasingly large number of people as police continue to use rubber bullets as a form of maintaining “law and order" and "crowd control." 
The Strategy and Significance of the California Recall

The Strategy and Significance of the California Recall

The attempted recall of Gavin Newsom reveals the partisan divide among citizens and raises more questions about government elections
Anya Danes October 19, 2021
On September 14, 2021, Gavin Newsom defeated the recall effort, receiving enough votes to stay in office. But the question still remains as to why the recall was able to happen in the first place? How did Newsom employ a winning strategy to offset it? And most importantly, what are the political implications regarding recalls with leaders currently in office moving forward?
Operation Cyclone: How the US Inadvertently Aided Al Qaeda and the Taliban

Operation Cyclone: How the US Inadvertently Aided Al Qaeda and the Taliban

A history of America's long of complex involvement in Afghanistan after its recent withdrawal
Anish Bhadani October 19, 2021
Following America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s immediate subsequent recapture of it, many have wondered what the US really accomplished in Afghanistan for the past two decades. The American military’s involvement in Afghanistan in the modern era started as early as 1979 with the CIA’s funding of the Mujahideen during the Soviet-Afghan War,  an effort that became known as Operation Cyclone. 
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