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Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and two teammates kneel during the national anthem in a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 2 at Levi’s Stadium.

Kaepernick does not need football

People view him as either a hero or a degradation to heroes.Colin Kaepernick ventured into the blender of sports and politics in August and, much like the few athletes who have gone there before, he did...

Boycotting the Oscars?

Boycotting the Oscars?

On Jan. 26, the board members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met to discuss possible changes to this year’s Oscar nominees after a storm of social media attacks on the Academy.The...

Poll asking Americans views on diversity in the Oscars.

The color of gold: #OscarsSOWhite and its racial reality

As you can tell by the headline, I’m going to be talking about #OscarsSoWhite. So, I’m going to get straight to the point.How do you get all-white nominees in the 20 spots for lead and supporting actor...

President Barack Obama speaks as King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia looks on during a meeting at the Oval Office, Sept. 4, in Washington D.C. 

America complicit in Saudi political assassination

Early this January, Saudi Arabia beheaded then crucified the corpse of Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent cleric who acted as spiritual leader for the autocratic kingdom’s unrepresented Shia minority, with a...

To promote a healthier view of alcohol consumption, the US should follow Europe’s example of a younger drinking age. 

The US should lower the drinking age to 18

A proposed ballot initiative in California that would lower the state’s minimum drinking age to 18 has been cleared to collect signatures and could be voted on by April 2016.The initiative, like most...

A relative carries the body of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family’s house was set on fire. Terrorist actions from both sides of the conflict are leading to unnecessary deaths.

Meeting violence with violence

Conflict between Israel and Palestine grows as civilians continue to die in day-to-day incidents in Israel.It is no secret that Israel and Palestine have been in conflict for a while. One could even make the argument that the two nations have been quarrelling since biblical times. Be it religious views or land entitlement, the two nations have not found common ground in many arguments, and these arguments have caused acts of war and often almost war itself.Recently, the conflict has moved to a more personal level. Whereas before the governments would dispute issues and militias would take action, now civilians have taken this so-called ‘responsibility’ upon themselves, and some have created serious incidents, which take the whole issue to another level.Although conflict may be inevitable, it is no excuse for civilians to take action, and, more importantly, uninterrupted action.On Nov. 8, a Palestinian driver was shot dead by Israeli forces after ramming his car into a bus stop in the West Bank, injuring four people. In another incident, an Israeli settler attacked a rabbi peace activist who was volunteering to protect Palestinian farmers during the ongoing olive harvest season.Rabbi Asherman was assaulted after he confronted the settlers, who were “stealing olives and burning groves that belong to local villagers. After he confronted the settlers, one of them assaulted him with stones and a knife,” according to an article by Al Jazeera.The rabbi was not killed, but it is speculated that if he were not Jewish, the consequences could have been worse.The biggest problem in this conflict is the one-sidedness of the issue. Israel is receiving vast support from the United States and other western countries, whereas Palestine has only a handful of organizations striving to raise aid, awareness and support for the Palestinians.On a more general scale, the Israeli forces have “killed at least 77 Palestinians, including 46 who Israel says were carrying out or about to carry out attacks with knives, guns or cars,” according to an Al Jazeera article.On Nov. 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama in Washington. They discussed possible progress with the Palestinians and how to stabilize the situation.The violence began when a number of Jewish settlers, backed up by Israeli security, stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The Israelites claim that, biblically, this was the territory of two destroyed Jewish temples.Whatever the reason behind the conflict may be, it is the responsibility of the governments to find a way – hopefully a peaceful one – to end the violence.So far, violence has been met with violence, and skunk gas and hundreds of Israeli riot police have not done much to solve the situation.Another grave problem is the light in which the U.S. views this conflict.Toward the end of October, a new bill was introduced to Congress, backed by 50 members “expressing solidarity with the people of Israel in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and condemning the Palestinian Authority for inciting an atmosphere of violence.”Additionally, Hillary Clinton composed an opinion piece in which she condemned the violence going on. However, she only listed Israeli casualties and victims, completely ignoring the hundreds of Palestinians who suffer from the conflict each day.“Young Palestinians do not go out to murder Jews because they are Jews, but because we are their occupiers, their torturers, their jailers, the thieves of their land and water, their exilers, the demolishers of their homes, the blockers of their horizon,” said Amira Haaz, correspondent of the occupied territories.This is not to say Palestine has no fault in this. It is evident there are two sides to a conflict, and obviously much of the blame lies on Palestine’s shoulders. The action that some Palestinian terrorist organizations have taken can in no way be justified, but their actions cannot define an entire nation.Bogdan (Theo) Mynka is a freshman studying music from Kharkiv, Ukraine. He can be contacted at 335-2290 or by opinion@dailyevergreen.com. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the staff of The Daily Evergreen or those of the Office of Student Media.
The GOP focuses more on complaining and blaming than implementing valid political reform.

The grumpy old party is inaction in practice

I never thought I would live to see it, but a sitting President of the United States actually compared the opposition to a meme.In case you missed it, President Barack Obama at the Democratic National...

Incorporating people of various ages in a shared atmosphere is an alternative approach to both education and care for senior citizens.

Cross-generational integration

Amazing things happen when you put preschoolers inside a nursing home. Since the release of a video of preschoolers playing with elderly men and women in an “intergenerational learning center,” the...

Top trophy hunting countries in Africa based on proportion of hunters visiting. Regulating animal populations through trophy hunting is necessary for the well-being of human lives.

Kill or be Killed

Kill or be killed: that’s the reality for many families in villages in the African country of Botswana in the two years following the illegalization of trophy hunting.Animals such as lions and elephants...

The hijab is a symbol of cultural identity, the understanding of which starts at the individual level. Friends Nora Diab, left, and Marwa Atik, right, adjust a new hijab on friend Marwa Biltagi in the backyard of Atiks home in Fountain Valley, California. 

Feminism of the hijab

Sophia Stephens | Evergreen columnist September 23, 2015

The most hotly-contested piece of clothing in our modern society is not the thong, bikini, crop top or miniskirt – it is the hijab.In multiple European countries, there have been legal bans enacted against...

Sheryl Crow comes to Pullman

Stephen M. Dowell | MCT Campus April 10, 2015

Nine-time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow will perform for Washington State University students and their mothers for Mom’s Weekend. Crow will sing songs from her new album "Feels Like Home," as well...

Washington farmers are utilizing sheep to fertilize fields and remove weeds to ultimately promote healthy soil and crops.

A wooly landscaping solution

Nestled between the hills just north of Pullman, one innovative farm is using sheep to protect soil, stop erosion and contribute to sustainability research.Created by fine, wind-blown dust over millennia,...

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