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What you need to know about South Sudan’s bloody civil war

South Sudan became the world's newest state in 2011, when it gained independence from Sudan after a 22-year civil war. Since the get-go the fledgling country has struggled with unity…

Wisconsin Republicans wrong about student loan debt

I recently came across an editorial in the University of Wisconsin paper The Badger Herald, written by the chairman of the UW College Republicans entitled "What the Democrats get wrong…

Everything you need to know about America’s affordable housing crisis

When I was about 12 years old, my neighbor was evicted; his house was rented out to a group of college guys who removed his painted lawn gnomes and put…

Campaign for raising minimum wage finally gaining momentum

Despite my complete agreement on the increase of the minimum wage, I couldn’t help but still be skeptical of the cause. I, like many other Americans, believe that $15 is…

When ‘putting a ring on it’ means jail: Egypt arrests 7 over ‘gay wedding’

By Irene Morse Sept. 9, 2014 Everyone has untagged themselves from that one photo that featured an incriminating red solo cup, but in Egypt the stakes are much higher when it…

Men take lead in two major women’s rights issues in recent weeks

Women’s rights are heavily centered on the idea of bodily rights. Not often does the government tell men what to do with their bodies — that is an issue for…

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not the official spokesmen for Black people

I don’t think people realize how insulting it is that people think every Black person looks to these two for guidance and talking points. Imagine if we said that Bill…

Feeding America report reveals need for different political approach to charity

Last week, Feeding America released its Hunger in America report, a comprehensive examination on the current status of food access and security. The 161-page report reveals startling statistics on hunger…

Dear White People: Race still matters — even in Ferguson

In the past few weeks I have come across a lot of posts in my Facebook feed about Ferguson and race that I have found highly troubling. Themes of these…

Don’t reduce black protesters in Ferguson to stereotypes

My mind has been in a state of perpetual overload with the craziness that is Ferguson, Mo. This frenetic week has been filled with cable television shouting matches and…