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Politicker: Prison conditions need dire reform

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the federal use of private prisons would be ending, having determined that the privatization of its correctional facilities have only led to worse conditions and higher costs. The decision, however, only applies to 13 privately maintained federal prisons; states and similar local authorities can still choose to transition…

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Deal with armed forces bears vital relief

After years of negotiation, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC, agreed to a peace deal that would end the region’s last major conflict. The 52-year war was the longest running in the Americas, leaving 220,000 people dead and five million displaced. The two sides were locked in…

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Duterte must minimize drug efforts

The drug epidemic in the Philippines began in 1972 when over 20,000 people had started using marijuana. Various pieces of legislation against drugs were passed in an attempt to curb the issue. Since then, the epidemic has become a pivotal political point. Rodrigo Duterte, the elected president of the Philippines, has promised to end the…

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Libel laws need defense

Actress and comedian Leslie Jones has been the recent target of mean-spirited attacks on Twitter. A regular on Saturday Night Live, Jones’ major breakthrough came when she starred in the 2016 all-women remake of the 1984 Ghostbusters. The film proved popular, grossing $217,649,101 worldwide in its first weekend, surpassing its production cost of $144 million….

False alarm exposes lack of training
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False alarm exposes lack of training

On Aug. 14, an alleged active shooter situation at John F. Kennedy International Airport caused widespread chaos. A loud sound, thought to be gunfire, sent thousands of passengers sprinting through terminals and scrambling underneath seats. A flood of emergency calls soon followed, prompting the New York Police Department and the Port Authority Police Department to…

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Education can eliminate bigoted beliefs

Imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant, Thara Uddin, were shot and killed in Ozone Park, Queens on August 13. The suspect, Carlos Morel, had followed the pair, who were both dressed in traditional Islamic garb, from a mosque just blocks away. Morel murdered them in broad daylight and took off in his Trailblazer, gun in…

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Pokemon Go stirs trouble

Pokemon Go has caused Nintendo’s market value to catapult up to $7.5 billion. From a financial standpoint, it is obvious that Pokemon Go has produced extremely beneficial results. However, one should question the impact that the game has had on society. Pokemon Go has revealed a dark side. Pokemon Go user Jerson Lopez de Leon,…

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Thailand’s stability comes into doubt

After the violent bombings of Thailand’s royal cities in mid-August, which resulted in four deaths and many injured, Thailand has disappeared from the headlines. The authorities were quick to note that the attacks were not related to the Islamic State, even though for the last 12 years there has been a Muslim insurgency favoring secession…

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Macy’s Inc. risks losing to online giants

In the wake of six straight quarters of falling sales, Macy’s Inc. has announced plans to close 100 brick and mortar stores as it faces fierce competition from online retailers. The most recent closures make up only 14 percent of the department store giant’s total stores. Macy’s, however, plans to close most of its other…

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Ex-cons deserve rights

The New York City Council has officially passed a bill to create a Municipal Division of Transitional Services, a department that will provide services to help previously incarcerated citizens lead functional lives. The creation of MDOTS, supported by council members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Corey Johnson, was part of a bigger initiative to reform the city’s…

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