Category: Op-Eds

The Consequences of Wildlife Trade in the Age of Human Hubris

Humans rule the world arrogantly and are the driving force behind environmental change in what is dubbed the Anthropocene epoch. Though our zealous stride toward greater discoveries deserves to be lauded, literary critic Fredric Jameson’s phrase, “Postmodernism is what you have when the modernization process is complete and nature is gone for good,” reminds me [...]

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Latin America’s Femicide Crisis Demands Attention 

On Jan. 1, in post-new year fashion, I was scrolling through a Facebook feed inundated with resolution posts until I came across an article from a Nicaraguan news outlet that reported the first femicide in 2021 had already occurred in the country that morning. Her name was Damaris Torres. Unfortunately, Torres’ killing is an all-too-common [...]

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Reframing the Discourse Surrounding the Capitol Siege

Words matter. The media repeats this ad nauseam, especially regarding President Donald Trump, a man whose speech currently matters more than perhaps that of anyone else. Trump speaks the language of advertising, a famously untrustworthy medium in which everything is a superlative — the biggest or the smallest, the greatest or the worst. Trump’s deadly [...]

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Young People, You Aren’t Immune to COVID-19

As vaccine rollout began on Dec. 11, the world was ecstatic. Health care workers eagerly signed up to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use in the U.S. When the Moderna vaccine was subsequently granted emergency approval [...]

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The Capitol Siege Reveals Two Justice Systems

On Jan. 6, the U.S. saw thousands of pro-Trump supporters violently breaking and entering into the U.S. Capitol as members of the House and Senate prepared to certify Electoral College votes and determine the next president and vice president. This insurrectionist violence displays the peak of the heated political divide in our country. Our country [...]

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