February 17, 2019 | 33° F

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2/14/2019 10:43pm

EDITORIAL: National emergency is real danger to US

In the fomentation of crisis, authoritarianism blooms. An undemocratic concentration of power breathes freely behind rhetoric of security and national emergency. As James Madison noted, “The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

2/14/2019 10:47pm

COMMENTARY: Media lacks coverage of conflict in Africa

The year began in turmoil for the recently established Zimbabwean government, as it battles its worst economic crisis to date. The post-Mugabe era, in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised he would take a different economic and human rights approach, spiraled downward, with the aid of increased government debt and scarcity of foreign currency such as the U.S. dollar, which the country adopted as its national currency in 2009. This led to failure of the government to reach its national tax revenue, causing an increase in unemployment reaching approximately 90 percent. On top of that, fuel prices skyrocketed, causing public panic and backlash. 

2/14/2019 10:45pm

GUVERCIN: Fundamental freedom of press is under seige across globe

Journalism, the press and media have been at the forefront of democracy and human rights ever since sophisticated civilizations and legal systems have surfaced around the world. In just societies, journalists are the channels through which citizens are kept informed about national and global affairs that may not necessarily be disclosed by the agents in power who make decisions for them. Furthermore, freedom of the press is explicitly protected in the constitutions of numerous democratic countries due to its imperative nature and role in the context of justice and human rights. 

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2/13/2019 8:22pm

O'BRIEN: US needs new immigration paradigm

It was not very long ago that American elites were largely united in viewing immigration as an unmitigated force for good in our society. Immigration, they argued, enriched our culture, spurred business investment and accelerated the overall rate of economic growth. This consensus was not just an American one, but a global one, as the European Union gradually opened its borders between member nations. 

2/13/2019 8:21pm

AHMED: Valentine’s Day marks anniversary of tragedy

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day. Love is in the air. Bouquets of roses are sold by the minute. It is not yet spring, but flower petals cover the sidewalk. Grand gestures are planned and perfectly executed (for instance, my professor is flying 2,872 miles, amid a snowstorm, to see his wife). Dresses and tuxedos are brought back from the dry cleaners. Reservations are made weeks in advance. Secret admirers are no longer "secret." Valentine's Day is all about expressing your love and affection to your significant others. 

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2/13/2019 12:14am

EDITORIAL: Wrongfully convicted must have justice

The land not of milk and honey but rather handcuffs and jail cells. From the mountain top, one can see the 2.3 million incarcerated in America. Of those in shackles, some are waiting for the promises of justice and due process to be upheld. What happens to justice when it is deferred? “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore — and then run? … Or does it explode?” 

2/12/2019 11:13pm

OLAYEMI: We should resist urge to conform to society

Despite the overt discrepancies in how different groups socialize, and the fact that the social cultures in college vary due to many factors, most of us have nonetheless had to, and may still be finding out how to, navigate the various nuances of Rutgers social life. In an undergraduate community as large and socially diverse as the one we currently exist in, it is a necessary skill to determine how you “fit” in the grand scheme of Rutgers relations. The question is whether Rutgers’ social culture has bred an obligation to assimilate in a way that is toxic to how we operate as a community. 

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2/11/2019 10:12pm

BOZTEPE: We ought to curb our materialistic practices

In the age of modern technology, fast food-style clothing and consumer culture, in the broadest of terms, materialism seems as though it is inevitable. Computers store your cookies strictly to advertise to you, many public icons preach on what they have and what people should strive for and success is seen through which car you drive, how big your house is, if you are married with children and so on and so forth. 

2/11/2019 10:13pm

COMMENTARY: Normalize substantive conversations

It was a graduation party, one that was beautifully decorated with lights, a fire surrounded by chairs for the guests to sit on and food, that made me realize how disconnected our generation really is from each other. There were games, music, sparklers and smores. It looked and felt perfect when I walked in. 

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