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Of Fireworks and Uncertain Futures: Stories from students from countries in conflict

Mementos remind Ali of home. Photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Kamna Shastri

October 9, 2014

Tires scream as a car stops quickly, and Senior Hasan Ali remembers the car in Iraq that made the same sound before its passengers started shooting. Ali knows his gut reaction in those situations isn't the same as what he understands is actually happening. Still, it is challenging to separate his...

Obama’s pro-coup politics must be condemned

Obama's pro-coup politics must be condemned

October 18, 2012

This column was contributed by Henry Gales '13 On Feb. 29, 2004, U.S. military personnel put Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide onto a plane and flew him to the Central African Republic. After being reelected in 2000, Aristide had continued to make enemies of powerful governments by refusing to privatize Haiti's utility companies (a demand pushed by George W. Bush and Bill Clin...

Whitman’s first Iraqi international student shares story

Daniel Kim

September 20, 2012

Every year, many new international faces appear on the Whitman campus. This year was no different from any other. However, one student came all the way from Iraq––the first of his country to come to Whitman. As many international students who have come to Whitman with different backgrounds, first-year...

War has become business

Heather Nichols-Haining

April 8, 2010

The U.S. military is privatizing at an alarming rate. Thousands of troops are now employed by companies such as Blackwater and while many hoped that Obama would decrease this corporate-socialism at least in part, there has been a 23 percent increase in the number of private contractors working in Iraq an...

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