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Boycotting the Oscars?

Boycotting the Oscars?

BY BOGDAN (THEO) MYNKA | Evergreen columnist

February 4, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 Oscar award ceremony will take place on Feb. 28, so any changes made to the nominee list should be impl...

The color of gold: #OscarsSOWhite and its racial reality

The color of gold: #OscarsSOWhite and its racial reality

BY SOPHIA STEPHENS | Evergreen columnist

February 4, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 roles for two years in a row?I’ll explain how, why it is not good news and why it deserves t...

America complicit in Saudi political assassination

America complicit in Saudi political assassination

BY EMRY DINMAN | Evergreen columnist

January 28, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 style of execution more commonly associated with the terror group ISIS.Though the Saudi government and ...

The US should lower the drinking age to 18

The US should lower the drinking age to 18

RUSSELL BEHRMANN | Evergreen columnist

November 19, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 of its kind, will likely fail due to the provisions of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 198...

Meeting violence with violence

Meeting violence with violence

BOGDAN (THEO) MYNKA | Evergreen columnist

November 17, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 [email protected] 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 grumpy old party is inaction in practice

The grumpy old party is inaction in practice

TYLER LAFERRIERE | Evergreen columnist

October 30, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum likened the Republican Party politicians to Grumpy Cat.“It does mak...

Kill or be Killed

Kill or be Killed

Philip Grossenbacher | Evergreen columnist

September 24, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 have been allowed to run rampant, taking their toll on the livelihood of some of the poorest com...

Sheryl Crow comes to Pullman

Stephen M. Dowell | MCT Campus

April 10, 2015


Filed under News

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 as fans’ favorites from previous albums. The concert will take place in Beasley Coliseum, Saturday...

National program for mental health

National program for mental health

Renee C. Byer

November 14, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Albert Garcia still hears the voices and knows what it's like to grapple with a crippling psychosis. But, at age 57, he has his disease under control, and he will be a key player - a "peer support'' counselor - as four Minnesota counties roll out a new strategy to expand mental health care for adole...

All you need is love (songs)

All you need is love (songs)

Melissa Essig | Daily Evergreen music columnist

February 10, 2014


Filed under Columns

It’s cute how so many people like to celebrate a day dedicated to love. Personally, I have yet to experience that inebriated yearning for another human being, but I am a girl. I have feelings, desires and crushes. There are times, mostly late at night, when I get an inkling to feel someone’s breat...

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