Tale of two different ideologies

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Writer At the U.N. General Assembly, anti-American protests took center stage. If you read between the lines of different state heads it is clear that the United States is facing a difficult situation in the Muslim world. President Obama addressed the assembly by saying the recent attacks were not simply an attack on America but an attack on the fundamental principles of the U.N. As expected, Muslim leaders around the world questioned America’s freedom of expression, and they asked for some restrictions on sensitive issues such as religion. Some of them asked the United States to change its approach toward the Muslim world. Israel supported the U.S. value on freedom of…

Psychotherapy banned in California

Gay conversion therapy not back with science Chandra Morris | Collegio Writer A California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29 banned psychotherapy practice designed to make gay teenagers straight for a simple reason: That is not science. Science is knowledge based on facts or principles. It is knowledge gained by systematic studying. This study needs to involve experiments and positive results. This isn’t a gay rights issue. This law, which will take effect January 1, deals with the lack of science behind this form of psychotherapy. I strongly agree with Gov. Brown’s decision to sign this bill into law. I applaud his initiative for being bold enough to be the first of…

Romney jumps the gun

Libyan men protest against Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 21.

John T. Sullivan | Guest Columnist When I was growing up and taking citizenship classes in school, we were always taught that “politics stops at the water’s edge” and that “we only have one president at a time.” I guess all of that went out the window on Sept. 11 when Mitt Romney, with less than cautious abandon, dove into the precarious political waters of Middle Eastern uncertainty to heap scorn on the president of the United States at a time when unity of purpose, resolve and response would have made more sense. Clearly, for whatever reason, Romney jumped the gun to inject himself into an ongoing crisis, while prudence dictated that he hold his…

Does Syria demand U.S. military’s attention?

A soldier for the Free Syrian Army poses in Izaa district in Aleppo, Syria.

U.S. should step in, oust Syrian leaders Bethany Harris | Guest Columnist Syria is in the middle of a conflict within its own borders, and between its own people. The “emergency” government that was established in the 1960s has been in power ever since. In the last decade, there have been many uprisings in an attempt to voice anti-government views, and the majority of these protests have happened in the last year. The military government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, has retained power by using violence. Freedomhouse.org, an independent organization committed to expanding freedom in the world, gives Syria its lowest ratings on political rights and civil liberties because of the one-party system and the…

Mo. politician’s comments take national stage

This May 17, 2011 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo. Akin said in an interview Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 with St. Louis television station KTVI that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." Akin, who has said he opposes all abortions, said in the interview if a woman is raped, her body "has ways to shut that whole thing down." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Akin’s gaffe gives way to bigger question Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Can the words “legitimate” and “rape” be used in any serious, let alone argumentative, manner while conveying a message that is not repulsive? Forget for a moment that the man who used this phrase is Todd Akin, a long-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If we take that fact into account then the firestorm it triggered may well mark a new low bar for elected leaders. Or, in a Congress that has broken records for disruption and public disapproval, it only represents business as usual. We might view Akin as a public official and trusted representative, completely exclusive from his current…