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Why Are So Many Republicans Cozying up to Russia?

Sean Hannity’s interview with Julian Assange has only added to the already flooded mainstream media headlines of Russia’s alleged interference with the US election. From the safety of the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange boldly asserted that the Russians had nothing to do with the elections or the WikiLeaks e-mail hacks, despite his claim that John Podesta’s […]

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Culture | Media

@RealPeerReview: Their Thoughts and Qualms with Academia

Run by an anonymous team of professors and academics, @RealPeerReview is a Twitter account that has steadily gained popularity and fans by exposing the humorous, nonsensical, and absurd trends in scholarship that are sometimes found in academic research. From Ph.D. theses, M.A. theses, to articles in disciplinary journals, the account highlights laughable “scholarship” such as exploring the Black Anus, how pumpkins […]

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Features

Remembering Charlie Hebdo (and Defending Offensive Jokes)

Two years ago, two gunmen entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine known for unashamedly lampooning religions, politicians, and famous figures, and demanded, “Where is Charb? Where is Charb?” referring to Stéphane Charbonnier, the Editor-In-Chief. After spotting the bespectacled man, they opened fire — killing the 12 cartoonists, writers, and editors in the […]

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Religion | Politics

In the Shadow of the Kingdom

“Even if you change my name, I’m afraid they’ll find out who I am,” Mutab said as he attempted to calm himself by drinking his favorite Arabic tea, Alwazah, or “swan.” [Editors note: This report first appeared in the Vanguard, a student newspaper at Portland State University. You can read it here.] “If my government […]

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Religion | Politics

Understanding Syria: Julie Lenarz Explains

Perhaps no situation is currently more volatile than the one in Syria. Commenting on it is another matter: open your mouth to make a statement in the wrong company and before the words are fully formed you’ll either be branded a Putin and Assad apologist, war-hungry neocon, genocide denier, secret Islamist, or Kurdish detractor. To make […]

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Religion | Politics

Erdogan’s Turkey Doesn’t Belong in the EU or NATO

It was around noon near the beginning of September when news of the tragedy began to circulate around the base in Afghanistan where I live. A Turkish military officer had committed suicide near one of the residence buildings in the early hours of the morning. You could hear soldiers and contractors talking about it in […]

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Features

Why I No Longer Identify as a Feminist

I don’t remember ever not being a feminist. I toddled in marches of the 1970s with my mother. She became a second wave feminist in the 1960s after being denied a mortgage without a male guarantor and being told by her employer that she could not study for accountancy exams because “There’s no accounting for […]

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Religion | Politics

Scientology, The Simpsons, Cults, Christianity, and Islam

In the Simpson’s episode entitled “The Joy of Sect,” Homer Simpson is eventually persuaded to join a UFO cult called the “Movementarians.”[1] The episode is a satirical exposition of cults and mainstream religion in America. Within the episode numerous allusions are made to Scientology and UFO cults such as Heaven’s Gate and the Seekers.[2] The issues satirically […]

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Religion | Politics

Why are Democrats Succumbing to Fantasy?

A butterfly attempting to re-enter the cocoon. A baby trying to crawl back into the womb. A person trying to push toothpaste back into its tube. To view these things would be to view something less absurd than watching Democrats and fellow Leftists return to their pre-election delusions after such a rude awakening in November. […]

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