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America complicit in Saudi political assassination

America complicit in Saudi political assassination

BY EMRY DINMAN | Evergreen columnist

January 28, 2016

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 Republicans’ key to 2016: Immigration reform

Olivier Douliery | Tribune News Service

January 18, 2016

More than 2,000 immigration rights activists march from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C., to the White House on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in support of immigration reform and to fight the deportation of families living illegally in the United States. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Abigail Fisher & lawyer

Jay Janner | Austin American-Statesman (TNS)

December 6, 2015

Abigail Fisher, left, and her attorney, Edward Blum, middle, leave a hearing in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Fisher, a white high school graduate, was turned down by the University of Texas at Austin. She claimed she lost her spot because of an unconstitutional use of race as a factor....

US should accept refugees with open arms

US should accept refugees with open arms

EMRY DINMAN | Evergreen columnist

December 3, 2015

America must not idly watch as the outstretched hand of the Statue of Liberty, which Mother of Exiles originally designed in the image of Arabian peasants, falls worthless into the mire of New York Harbor. Western nations must offer their own hands to the aid of those refugees fleeing war.Refugees are ...

Meeting violence with violence

Meeting violence with violence

BOGDAN (THEO) MYNKA | Evergreen columnist

November 17, 2015

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.

Recognize the importance of Veterans Day

Recognize the importance of Veterans Day

PHILIP GROSSENBACHER | Evergreen columnist

November 10, 2015

As you make plans for your Wednesday off, it is important to take a moment and observe why this day is set apart.Veterans Day, Nov. 11, formerly known as Armistice Day, takes place every year as “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve an...

The grumpy old party is inaction in practice

The grumpy old party is inaction in practice

TYLER LAFERRIERE | Evergreen columnist

October 30, 2015

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...

Cross-generational integration

Cross-generational integration

PHILIP GROSSENBACHER | Evergreen columnist

October 29, 2015

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 idea has gone viral.As adorable as the video is, the topics addressed by filmmaker Evan Briggs are...

Feminism of the hijab

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 it, and intense debates have raged about its supposed purpose to oppress Muslim women, with some...

Competition curbs waste

Competition curbs waste

Phil Harris | wikimedia commons

April 13, 2015

A team of WSU students has the opportunity to travel to Manaus, Brazil after winning the Global Case Competition for its solutions to eliminate plastic waste. These ideas will be implemented by students in Manaus to conserve the area’s natural beauty and promote environmental sustainability.

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

antiques

antiques

John Walker | MCT Campus

March 6, 2015

 Much of the decor Charleen and John Mullen use in their home in Mariposa, California, are items they found at second hand stores, junk shops, yard sales, antique shops or salvaged by John, a contractor....

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