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Sarah Owens: Whatever Happened to IOPS?

This blog was co-authored by the IOPS chapters of Dublin, Melbourne, Missoula, New York City, Salem and Vienna.  It was written for the benefit of IOPS members and was originally published on the IOPS website with a bunch of cool pictures under the title “What Happened” (those who prefer illustrations might want to read the Read more…

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Nasir Khan: The break-up of Pakistan in 1971

Nasir Khan, December 9, 2014 In 1971, under the orders of President Yahya the Pakistani army unleashed Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan. What the army was asked to do was to crush all opposition after political negotiations between Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to form the national government failed. In fact, it was Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: An inconvenient truth about NASA

A few days ago, I watched that box office hit, Interstellar. The movie focuses on a group of NASA astronauts who go through a wormhole in an effort to save Earth from its supposed problems. Putting aside a review of the movie as a whole, the movie shows space travel as exciting and NASA at Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Criticizing the UN

Over four years ago, in one of my first online blogposts, I wrote a mild and moderate critique of the United Nations. At the time, I made the following critique: “…it seems the veto power of one permanent member [on the Security Council] defeating a resolution makes it next to impossible to get anything done…the Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: A bowel in humanity’s digestive tract: Fascists and the characteristics unifying them in fecal harmony (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this Cracked-style article I explored a few commonalities to fascists across the globe and the manner in which they’re hellspawned from some common venomous goo. It was basically an angry rant taking the slightly more accessible form of irreverent, bullet-pointed scorn. I will continue to do the same here in Part Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: The Tragedy of Michael Brown

  This was earlier published here. Did Brown have to be a college-bound angel to have his death matter? Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Two of the more problematic reactions to the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death rest upon a shared association between Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Rational views against the blasphemy laws of Pakistan

Nasir Khan, December 4, 2014 From my own experience with many expat Pakistanis, Mr Mushtaq Khan Kayani stands out as one clear-headed educator who in blunt terms exposes all hypocrisy woven around our past history and religious figures. One problem facing any rational human being who comes from a traditional Islamic background, such as Mr Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Defining imperialism and empire

“Imperialism” and “empire” are words that are thrown around all the time, especially on the radical left. Sheldon Wolin wrote in 2010 that “no major politician or party has so much as publicly remarked on the existence of an American empire.” [1] President Obama came close to remarking on the existence of such an empire, Read more…

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Brad Wilson: National Farm AND Food Policy, Response to Bittman et al

Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter have been doing some integrative work on farm and food policy issues, as seen in the recent call for a “National Food Policy” from President Obama, in the Washington Post. “How a national food policy could save millions of American lives” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-a-national-food-policy-could-save-millions-of-american-lives/2014/11/07/89c55e16-637f-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html) This is an Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: A bowel in humanity’s digestive tract: Fascists and the characteristics unifying them in fecal harmony (Part 1)

Introduction: There is a reason for this article being titled the way it is and the reason, as most reasons tend to be, is personal. A little while back I participated in a Palestine-solidarity event at the University of Toronto. Someone extremely dear to me was one of the main organizers of the event, which Read more…

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