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COMMENTARY: Israel continues to embrace colonial roots through violence

(10/09/19 4:00am)

Three weeks ago, the Central Jersey Climate Coalition (CJCC) mobilized approximately 1,000 students, faculty and local community members in the Global Climate Strike, a worldwide day of action demanding climate justice for all and the end of fossil fuels. The passion and enthusiasm was incredible, and our coalition plans to continue to fight for our demands for Rutgers and for Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).

COMMENTARY: We must act on climate change: No one will be spared from destructive effects

(09/20/19 1:54am)

Last spring in my climate change policy course, I was assigned to interview someone who was skeptical of — or rather did not believe in — climate change. Someone introduced me to their family member, David, who was a finance undergraduate at the University of Michigan and who claimed to not believe in the science of climate change. 

COMMENTARY: U. has no justification for tuition increase

(05/01/19 10:10pm)

When we do business with a corporation, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is an accurate description of our transactions with that corporation. It is very clear that for some time, Rutgers has been moving toward a corporate model at a pace that has accelerated significantly in the last five years. So, it is not surprising that our students, who are paying more and more every year for what Rutgers provides, cannot understand why they are getting less and less. 

COMMENTARY: Right to return of Palestinians must be preserved, upheld

(04/18/19 5:42am)

International law recognizes the right of refugees to return to their homes after displacement. Therefore, the right of return is non-negotiable for Palestinians as it is the crux of the struggle for freedom from occupation. The concept of Palestinian right of return calls for the return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their homeland. It serves as the bedrock of the struggle against the vicious eviction of an indigenous people from their homes. 

COMMENTARY: Distortion of AIPAC must be addressed

(04/02/19 4:00am)

As active citizens, we support causes close to our hearts and our communities. As Americans, we participate in a democratic process that we are privileged to enjoy. But, when our loyalty as Americans is called into question for supporting a strong relationship between America and Israel — a cause that is rooted in mutual values — we are alarmed. When we are gaslighted for daring to call out this reckless bullying, our community of advocates is accused of “moneyed influence.” In a recent commentary by an organization here at our University, our community of advocates was libelously accused of just that.

COMMENTARY: Attacks on Omar must not silence debate

(03/27/19 7:31pm)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), in recent weeks, has been harshly criticized for tweets she made regarding how lawmakers were influenced by the pro-Israeli lobby. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) threatened punishment against Omar for criticizing Israel. Omar responded to this by tweeting a Puff Daddy lyric, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” When she was asked on Twitter who she believes is paying Americans to be pro-Israel she tweeted “AIPAC!”

COMMENTARY: ISIS decline causes debate of citizenship

(03/12/19 4:00am)

The decline of ISIS brought along more security threats and international crises, both long-term, and short-term. The Caliphate was declared over after a series of prolonged losses, leading to both political and economic disasters within itself. In 2017, Iraqi forces reclaimed Mosul, the Caliphate’s most important stronghold, as the Syrian Democratic Forces took back Raqqa, another important city. 

Commentary: Government support does not undermine our philanthropy

(03/12/19 4:00am)

On March 5, The Daily Targum ran an op-ed titled “Solution to Poverty is in Individual Acts.” In it, writer Michael Vespa suggested that poverty in America could be reduced by taxing Americans less so that they can give more to charity because the government “has had no real progress” in combating poverty. But, the article fails to recognize the nuanced nature of charitable giving in the United States, and makes false assumptions about charitable giving.

COMMENTARY: Solution to poverty is in individual acts

(03/05/19 5:00am)

In the era of Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, there is a growing commitment for more government intervention to help the less fortunate. Programs such as food stamps, housing vouchers and a multitude of others exist solely to help the less fortunate, but there have been unsatisfactory results. The consensus in Washington is clear. More and more government programs centered on helping the less fortunate are needed.

COMMENTARY: Media lacks coverage of conflict in Africa

(02/15/19 5:00am)

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. 

COMMENTARY: Border wall may be immoral but it is definitely unnecessary

(02/05/19 5:00am)

During his campaign, President Donald J. Trump proposed to build a wall at the Mexican-American border. On Dec. 22, 2018, he shut down the government in response to the refusal for wall funds from Congress. More than a month later, he conceded to reopen the government without wall funds, making this the longest shut down in history. During the shutdown, there was considerable opposition to the wall questioning the wall’s morality, notably from Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.,12) and Pope Francis.