Author: Chaim Starkey

Vandals Destroy 9/11 Memorial

This past weekend, students at Occidental College in Los Angeles placed 2,996 American flags around their campus.  These flags were a representation of the 2,996 lives lost on September 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack in the world. Vandals crushed and threw away every single flag. Students replaced the flags, only to have them destroyed two more times.  Once, the vandals even destroyed flags in front of the students who were trying to put them back up. A petition has been circulated calling on Occidental College president Jonathan Veitch to issue “strict and severe discipline” against all those involved.  And for good reason: an...

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Another Bloody Baltimore Weekend

While America celebrated, Baltimore bled 22 people in Baltimore were shot over the long holiday weekend, bringing the total shot in Baltimore this year to 204. That is nearly equal to the total number shot in Baltimore over the whole year of 2014. Three of the victims this weekend included a 4-year-old, a 6-year old and a 61-year-old woman in a wheelchair. They were shot after the assailant left a dice game angry, who then opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd. In another situation, a 23-year-old woman was shot in the neck and a 20-year-old woman was shot in...

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Crimea Part Duex

Russia currently has a staggering 90,000 battle-ready troops on their border with Ukraine. In retaliation, Ukraine has deployed 100,000 less well armed troops. No one seems to be paying attention. Russia claims the movements of troops to the Russia-Ukrainian border is simply just a normal “military drill,” and that if anything Ukraine is deploying soldiers to “hurt Crimea’s tourism sector.” Not long ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks.” These are statements that must be taken seriously. Just two years ago Russia staged “military exercises” on the Ukrainian that culminated with an invasion and Eastern...

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Where is President Obama on Louisiana?

The past week has brought crises across our great nation. California is ablaze, with wildfires displacing nearly 100,000 people. Civil unrest over racial disparities in Milwaukee has divided communities, and caused over $3 million dollars in damage just one neighborhood. Overshadowing all these events, however, is the flooding of Louisiana, the worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy. Where is our president? Eerily silent, unwilling to cut short his last vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In 2008, Senator Obama attacked President Bush for his response to the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: When the people of New Orleans...

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America’s Cyber Security Wake-up Call

A small software bug in an alarm system trips the Northeast’s power grid, plunging you and 50 million other people into darkness, killing almost a dozen people. You go to cash out your stocks, only to find the New York Stock Exchange hit by a “technical glitch,” lasting nearly four hours and costing millions. You try to find out what’s going on through the Wall Street Journal’s website, only to find that site and many others down too. Ready to board a Delta flight out of Heathrow, you soon find out that you aren’t going anywhere. The global fleet...

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