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“Fempowering” the Midterms

As we head to the ever important 2018 midterm elections in a few weeks, we need to discuss the sensitive topic of gender equality. Gender equality is not just some topic that can be scoffed at and taken lightly. Gender equality is something to witness and be exposed to in everyday life in which people can create their own beliefs based on their own personal experiences.

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Women Will Win: Biting Back in the 2018 Midterms

With the American government composed of sex offenders, eyes are turned towards women as we approach the 2018 midterm elections. If Kavanaugh’s appointment validated anything for American women, it’s that there is still so much work to be done.

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Ranked-Choice Voting: A Dangerous Experiment

The 2018 midterms will be a time of many firsts for members of our community. For the freshly minted eighteen-year-olds, November 6 marks the inaugural day in their long, exciting journey as American voters. For the seasoned ballot-casters among us, this is the first opportunity to partake in a referendum on Trump’s presidency.

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It’s Too Soon for Civil War

I am willing to bet you haven’t heard of Josh Gottheimer or Clarke Tucker, Democratic nominees for the House who are labelled as moderates. I’m even more willing to bet that you have heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Socialism: Back on the Ballot

It’s midterm election season, meaning state and federal offices all around the US are up for grabs. The races for these offices are prime territory for the conflict between the Trump administration and its myriad opponents. However, there is a variable that distinguishes this set of midterms from all others in recent memory: the sheer number of avowed socialists running, promising a viable alternative to the Trump agenda.

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Me Too? Not the Supreme Court

With the rise of the #MeToo movement, one would think it safe for a woman to share past trauma of sexual assault. It seems incongruous that, despite ever growing support for movements like the Women’s March, which has an Instagram page with upwards of one million followers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has received death threats and violent backlash for testifying on behalf of her allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

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Science Buildings or Students?

Science is political. Not only does science have political implications, politics shapes the direction and demands of the scientific process. In a few months’ time, we will see the interaction between politics and science right in front of our eyes when Bates College will break ground on a new, multi-million dollar science building in 2019.

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Islamophobia is Racism

Despite what my last name would suggest, my only connection to any Islamic identity is my Albanian grandfather. And even if I was Muslim, you would never assume so since I am just an average-looking white man. In fact, I can’t count how many times people have read my name and assumed it was the common Irish surname “Hansen…”well, to be fair, I am in fact half-Irish.

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The Obama-Trump Foreign Policy: Two Sides to the Same Coin

After loading up on a daily dose of Trumpian bile, revisiting President Obama’s speeches, social media posts, and interviews is a breath of fresh air. Of particular resonance is the idea that Obama’s composure, gentle temperament, and oratorical mastery – qualities that President Trump has repeatedly failed to demonstrate – bolstered America’s global standing and ensured the utility of US foreign policy. “Obama was not an international embarrassment to this country… he did not praise our enemies and demean our allies,” the argument has it.

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The Continuation of the Crisis in Myanmar

One of the many international crises in recent years has been the ongoing devastation in Myanmar. Specifically, we have seen the presence of an authoritarian junta using ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

For those unaware, Myanmar is a small country in Southeast Asia with a population of 53 million people, well known for upholding strong ties to Buddhism. Ever since the official Burmese coup d’etat on March 2, 1962, the Rohingya have been oppressed by totalitarian rule.

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