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Politics

Nawaz Sharif: The Rise and Fall of the Crown

Mian Nawaz Sharif inaugurated his political livelihood back in the course of a period where many industries, including the Sharif’s steel business, were taken into the public sector by Pakistan’s then-Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. His father, Mian Muhammad Sharif, was an entrepreneur who had next to no interest in politics, but when his factories were municipalised by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he moulded up a hostility against him. In some way, General Jillani convinced him

Op-ed

Against the Death Penalty: A Counter-Opinion

Can we ever rightfully condemn a person to death? It is a question that has plagued humans and our societies since our moralities first developed in the faded ages of antiquity.  The use of capital punishment is interwoven so closely within our histories that the first use of laws defining which crimes deserved execution can be found as far back as King Hammurabi’s 18th Century B.C. Babylon. Without a shadow of a doubt, the scholars

Real Life

Classism Seeps Into California’s Prison System

Monique Fronti met “So You Think You Can Dance?” choreographer Shane Sparks at the Los Angeles dance student at which she studied. A week before she turned thirteen years-old, they started having sex. When Fronti’s therapist reported the abuse to police in 2009, Sparks claimed the relationship was consensual, despite Fronti’s statements about feeling powerless. Later, Sparks pleaded no contest to intercourse with a minor under the age of sixteen; he served 135 days at

Mental Health

How the Prison System’s Lack of Mental Health Care Poses a Public Health Risk

It’s fair to say that the United States prison system is one of the most corrupt and harmful in the developed world. Scandinavian prisons, conversely, are the most rehabilitative and the healthiest for both the inmates and the corrections officers. Prison guards in the U.S. system have an average life expectancy of 59 due to the stressful nature of the job and the psychological and health problems it can instigate. American incarceration rates (the highest

Real Life

Rockville High School Female Student Raped In School Bathroom

This past Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Rockville, Maryland a 14-year-old female student reported that around 9 a.m. she ran into 2 male classmates in Rockville High School’s hallway. The 2 male classmates identify as Jose O. Montano, 17, and Henry E. Sanchez, 18. The boys asked the girl if they could walk with them and Sanchez allegedly asked her to have sex with them. After she denied him, the boys forced her into the boy’s bathroom.

Politics

Felon Disenfranchisement: A Sorted Nation

I began to learn about voting rights when I was a senior, in my high school civics class. We learned that exclusion from voting goes all the way back to the beginning, where the only people allowed to vote were white property owners. After white men who didn’t own property were able to vote, a slow avalanche began to fall. More and more people wanted to exercise their rights. African Americans, women, and poor people are

Op-ed

A Radical Solution to American Prison Overpopulation

The United States has the highest number of incarcerated people in the world, with over two million prisoners currently behind bars. As each inmate costs the taxpayer over $30,000, that total cost adds up to over sixty billion dollars a year. (Source) Obviously, American prisons are both full and expensive, and as the amount of violent crimes is going up, they aren’t likely to become less crowded. (Source) How can we, as a country, reduce both the amount of

Race

#JusticeSystemSoWhite: A Critique of White Privilege in the U.S. Justice System

I’m pretty sure everyone by now has heard the story of convicted rapist (I’m not saying “former swimmer”) Brock Turner. If you haven’t then I’ll explain it. Brock Turner was a swimmer at Stanford University who raped a 23 year-old woman who, for the sake of her privacy , is named Emily Doe. The incident occurred last January when Turner was caught sexually assaulting Doe behind a dumpster after a fraternity party. After being tackled

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