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We have come to a crossroads in our republic in which divisive public opinion has entrenched itself in American society. One believes that a government’s founding principle is to provide for the common defense while the other believes in the nullification of the social contract: that our ills should be ignored, and Americans should just go it alone.The passage of the Affordable Care Act two years ago should have marked a historic day in American history, another example of forming a more perfect union.
What happens when a society creates a huge, growing underclass of unemployed or underemployed, powerless people who believe — and correctly so — that the powers in government and big business don’t care enough about them to act in their interests or even hear their voices?History suggests the answer: Out of prolonged desperation, the situation will explode in frustration and people may resort to violence to be heard.
As a major research university, our University is undoubtedly full of some of the best and the brightest. From discrete mathematics to biochemical engineering to quantum physics, experts in fields from all over the world come to the University to pioneer some of the most cutting-edge work. This fact was made even more apparent Thursday when news broke that 71-year-old University professor Endre Szemerédi was awarded the 2012 Abel Prize, the unofficial Nobel Prize in mathematics, by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
As the world cautiously prepares for the possibility of war with Iran, it’s important to note the catastrophic threat of Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Israel is widely known to have amassed a stockpile of nuclear weapons since 1967, although they have continuously refused to acknowledge it. Israel’s possession of weapons of mass destruction poses an incredibly menacing threat to the security and stability of the Middle East and the world.
In the March 20 column in The Daily Targum, entitled “Surveillance benefits U.,” the author attempted to justify and stand up with the recent New York Police Department spying on the Muslim community across the Northeast. In fact, the author goes as far as to say that it is “both important and necessary to continue such surveillance programs” and the “NYPD’s largest mistake was their failure to monitor radical non-Muslims at the University as well.”
The author of the March 20 column in The Daily Targum, entitled “Surveillance benefits U,” has — typical to his writing style — written a blatantly offensive article. It seems like every time I read his column, I am greeted with another instance of moronic xenophobia which he attempts to gloss over with phrases such as “poses a threat to the Muslim and non-Muslim community alike.” First of all, let me assure the author that the “baseless accusations” shot at the New York Police Department over the last 11 years are based in its McCarthyist stigma against select minority groups.
I was involved in a “Justice Not Vengeance” campaign in fall 2010 for Dharun Ravi. A now defunct New Brunswick community direct action group I was involved in called “Queering the Air” organized the campaign to present a different narrative than the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, as well as what had been circulating in the press and among mainstream LGBTQ organizations. I’m not attempting to speak for the organization, but I feel that the idea of “Justice Not Vengeance” ought to be reintroduced, and I feel compelled to share why I decided to join this campaign.
In the almost two months since Gov. Chris Christie first announced his support of a proposal to merge the Rutgers-Camden campus with Rowan University, more questions than answers have been raised about the impact this merger will have on not just the South Jersey region, but also on the state as a whole.
There have already been numerous articles and opinion pieces written about the pros and cons of this merger, with very few answers coming from Trenton and the other power players involved.
I was casually barefooting it down the boardwalk in Belmar, N.J., reading a book on a summer day in 2007 — which was now possible without the risk of a splinter making its way into my foot since they replaced the old, weather-worn, wooden boardwalk with a newer composite that was not designed to hurt people five years after installation. Belmar, as opposed to, say, Spring Lake (the beach next to Belmar), is made up of a younger and more energetic crowd, some of whom would be a significant part of New Jersey’s future.
As a practicing member of the Baha’i faith, I spend 19 days in March fasting from sunrise to sunset. Baha’i, which lasts during the daylight hours, is when people of the faith between 15 and 70 years old refrain from eating and drinking. The fast is symbolic: It stands as a reminder of spirituality in favor of materialism and aims to humble us.During midterms, I’ve been asked how I can concentrate while my stomach’s grumbling.
I want to address comments the Center for Science in the Public Interest Director Gregory Jaffe made in the article “Director busts myths behind biotechnology” published on March 1 in The Daily Targum. Genetically engineered (GE) foods are harmful to consumers. There has been a stream of new information showing the risks of GE foods to not only the health of consumers, but for the environment as well.
The Interfaith Chaplains Association at Rutgers University (TICARU) serves as a forum for positive and constructive dialogue among its members in order to advance the cause of religious life within the University community. The aim is not to proselytize, but rather to embrace a process by which each group might come to understand and appreciate both the differences and common ground between and among faith communities.
There is a wall in Israel, and I thank God every day for its existence. To be quite honest, much of this “wall” we hear so much about is actually a chain-link fence with motion sensors, but that’s just semantics. Whatever you want to call it, it is there — and yes, it prevents people from freely entering Israel. These are the facts. I’m sure by now you’ve written me off as some kind of monster, but if you bear with me I will explain.
There was an excellent editorial in The Daily Targum on Feb. 23 about a New York judge’s ruling to allow Dryden, a town in upstate New York, to ban fracking. But, in the last line of the editorial, there was a sentiment expressed that seemed senseless and out of place, stating, “fracking may be deemed appropriate for certain areas.” I wholeheartedly disagree — as a public-water activist, this is not true.
Human-rights activists throughout the world are recognizing “Israeli Apartheid Week” as a time to spread awareness about the system of oppression faced by Palestinians and Arab-Israelis at the hands of the Israeli government. The assertion, of course, is that the conditions in Israel and the occupied territories are akin to those of apartheid South Africa, wherein the black population lived under a system of racial segregation and were subjected to separate systems of laws, rights, education, and agency designed for their suppression.
BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice will hold events this week for “Israeli Apartheid Week” on the University campus. “Israeli Apartheid Week” is closely related to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.There is no apartheid in Israel, yet the week continues to be known as “Israeli Apartheid Week.” The term “apartheid” is meant to recall the situation in South Africa pre-1994.
Gov. Chris Christie has endorsed the Barer Commission’s proposal to sever Rutgers-Camden from the rest of the University and hand it over to Rowan University — the so-called “merger” proposal. I write not just to comment on that fact, but to say that from my vantage point as someone with appointments in both the Camden and New Brunswick campuses, I perceive a mismatch between the real threat to the proposal poses to the University and the reaction to that threat in the parts of the University that are not Rutgers-Camden.
The Fair Labor Association is an organization that was created to uphold moral justice, but has unfortunately taken a turn toward corruption. The group was founded in 1999 in response to a boom of the awareness of sweatshops and the conditions they placed their workers in. This included low wages, sexual harassment, working long hours and unpaid forced overtime.
With the recent outburst about the New York Police Department monitoring Muslim-American students around campus, it is safe to frankly and openly agree that Muslim-American college students are being violated. Muslim-Americans who have worked with us, studied with us, lived with us and even partied with us are not being treated like us. And by “us,” we speak as true Americans.
The recent revelation of the New York Police Department’s monitoring of Muslim-American students at the University, New York University, Yale University and other universities in the Northeast is extremely troubling. The NYPD’s actions violate academic freedom, stain the reputations of elite American colleges and universities, and ignite distrust in the hearts and minds of Muslim-Americans — the very community that is dedicated to foiling any terrorist plots against this country.