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July 11, 2016

A little over a month ago, I arrived in Washington, D.C. to begin a Summer Fellowship. My mom came with me to help set up my dorm and get my bearings. On Memorial Day, we joined the throng of people pushing through the humid atmosphere to Constitution Avenue in order to watch the annual Memorial Day parade. The parade included memorials dedicated to all the American wars and featured veterans and active duty servicemen and women as well as orchestras… Read more

June 9, 2016

In light of Paul Ryan’s seemingly begrudging recent endorsement of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, it is interesting to compare the kinds of endorsements his campaign has accrued along the way with those of Hillary’s campaign.  Given that one of these two people will be the next President of the United States, it is important to consider the kinds of people who want to associate themselves with either Trump or Clinton, respectively. As Trump has struggled to get… Read more

June 7, 2016

Last Tuesday, Republican nominee Donald Trump received an endorsement from Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of North Korea. In DPRK Today, a North Korean periodical, the dictator praised Trump, calling him a “wise politician.” Positive feedback from the likes of Un should make us question Donald Trump’s candidacy. To the international community, Un is regarded as a suppressive dictator. Rumors of purges and executions escape North Korea by way of defectors fleeing his isolated regime. Before taking power Un… Read more

December 2, 2015

(Reposted with permission from author) “The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.” George W. Bush I understand the genuine desire by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to protect and defend Americans from potential security risks. Throughout the next few months, President (Barack) Obama,… Read more

November 22, 2015

This is part of a series of articles about how Republicans convince its base to vote against their own interests. Today, we examine how some of the wealthiest Americans have taken over the Republican Party, thereby causing them to mislead most Republicans and some Independents into voting against their own interests.   Inequality of wealth is the greatest economic and social problem that our country now faces. The statistics state the case in a shocking manner. The wealthiest 1 percent in the United… Read more

November 17, 2015

Paris is arguably the most romantic city on the planet. With its impressionist art, royal architecture, relaxed daily life and world-class cuisine, the City of Light seduces you with its charm and beauty. I would know because I was just there 11 days ago. My wife and I were hired to document a wedding this month, while we, ourselves, celebrated 10 years of marriage a couple of weeks early — this Thanksgiving is our big 1-0.  It’s easy for any artist to fantasize about… Read more

October 28, 2015

This is the first of a series of articles about how Republicans convince its base to vote against their own interests. Manmade climate change is real and 97% of all scientists accept it as fact.[1] The effect of climate change is causing severe damage to the Earth’s environment and is increasingly making it less habitable to life. Numerous scientific studies have documented the alarming damage from climate change. For example, the number of wild animals on Earth has been reduced by… Read more

October 20, 2015

In a statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Dr. Ben Carson, a front-runner for the GOP ticket, said that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” after clarifying that the faith of a president only matters “if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution.”[1] Carson’s comment is part of a Republican presidential candidacy trend to garner attention by sparking discriminatory controversy against minority groups in the United States…. Read more

October 14, 2015

(Reposted with Permission from the Author) The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College has once again shed light on gun violence in America. Yet despite the focus being on mass shootings, it should be noted gun violence comes in a variety of tragic forms, such as suicides and homicides. When Pope Francis visited the United States, he mainly focused on the poor, sick and marginalized throughout society. Doing the same when it comes to gun violence may finally heal deep wounds… Read more




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