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Syria vigil pushes for peace

Julian Burrell Staff Writer Sudden stormy weather on the evening of what had been a bright summer day was not enough to keep nearly 80 local protesters off of the corner of Foothill and Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont on Monday. Those present had assembled in protest of the expected Congressional decision to send the U.S. military into Syria as a response to their armies use of chemical weapons... 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, As a life-long resident of La Verne, I have always loved the progressive heart shown by the University of La Verne. On the occasion of the starting of a new school year, I would like to challenge the students and faculty of the University to become involved in two causes: 1. We are trying to start a Veterans’ Center on campus; the way Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are being treated... 

Muslims defend their jihad

Since the World Trade Center towers fell in 2001, almost anything having to do with Islam or the Muslim culture has become an automatic “go-to” for blame. Nervous Americans have turned terms used by Muslims into synonyms for “terrorism.” The question that has to be asked is how is the Muslim community reacting to these anti-Islamic extremists? Last year a campaign known as MyJihad was launched... 

Targeted killings miss the mark

In the past four years, 326 reported U.S. drone strikes have occurred within Pakistan with an estimated 1,707 to 3,025 deaths – more than 400 of them reported to be civilian bystanders. All of this within a country that the United States is not at war with. Under President Barack Obama’s administration, the use of unmanned, combat air vehicles, or drones, armed with missiles and surveillance... 

Military power goes too far

As United States citizens, we are often told about the horrors of the police state. Soldiers patrolling throughout cities, rifles at the ready to arrest and detain anyone engaging in suspicious behavior, with no one to answer to except for themselves. Most of us would like to believe that this type of atrocious action could never occur on home soil. However, thanks to the recent passing of the National... 

Debate on torture drowns credibility

Debate on torture drowns credibility
Editorial cartoon by Anthony Juarez Republican candidates at the foreign policy debate on Saturday were asked to share their views on torture. This question segued into their views on waterboarding. Both Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain said that if elected, they would return to the practice of waterboarding as an interrogation technique. Cain insisted the practice was an “enhanced... 

Juergensmeyer assesses war, terror

Juergensmeyer assesses war, terror
Showing slides from his most recent trip, Mark Juergensmeyer, director of the Orfalea Center of Global and International Studies at University of California at Santa Barbara, describes the nature of a peaceful gathering of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, that soon enough toppled the government of president Hosni Mubarak. / photo by Denisse Leung Ashley Lyn Sourapas Staff... 

Charles Doskow feels use of drones is legal

Charles Doskow feels use of drones is legal
Professor Charles Doskow from the University of La Verne College of Law spoke in the President’s Dining Room on Monday. In his lecture, “Defending Ourselves Against Terrorism: Targeted Killing by Drones,” he described the advantages and disadvantages of using remote controlled, unmanned machines to target terrorists abroad. Doskow served as the dean of the College of Law from 1980 to 1985,... 

No blood for oil

On March 28, President Barack Obama addressed the nation to answer the questions surrounding why the United States is taking part in the airstrikes in Libya. In a recent interview with NBC News, Obama defended his decision for the U.S. to intervene in Libya by stating that actions had to be made quickly to save civilian lives. This need for immediate action is the reason why Obama did not seek authorization... 

Helping our soldiers at home

It is important to learn from mistakes. When a light socket electrocutes you, it would be smart to not touch the socket again. In terms of helping soldiers to adapt to life after war, the United States has latched onto an electrical circuit and is frying. Look back to the Vietnam War. Soldiers came back with mental illnesses that had not even been diagnosed before and were left to fend for themselves... 
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