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How Vital is Our Youth?

Zeba Ahmad September 22, 2009

'Blue is the New Black' wasn't the ill-conceived article that Maureen Dowd wrote attributing President Obama's newfound unpopularity to his race instead of his policy, though the title may have applied....

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Pressuring the Press

Zeba Ahmad September 19, 2009

' In a choreographed stunt, a campaigning Bill Clinton answered MTV's now-famous 'boxers or briefs?' question with a convincingly abashed 'boxers.' In February of last year, President Obama chose not to answer the same 'humiliating' question, refusing to sink to 'that' level. His next comment was a demonstration of the brand of professionalism he intended to bring to the campaign trail.

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Internalizing our Outbursts

Zeba Ahmad September 15, 2009

An epidemic of 'recent outbursts' has united the traditionally disparate politics, entertainment, and sports sectors of our news media. The statements that Joe Wilson, Kanye West and Serena Williams recently shared with us were unprepared, but have left a greater impression on both journalists and readers than more polished ones, including President Obama's health care speech last Wednesday, managed to.

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The Emotionality of Politics

Zeba Ahmad September 12, 2009

'People were passionate,' Congressman Joe Wilson said to Chris Wallace of Fox News, regarding his outburst at Wednesday's speech. In fact, Wilson's 'You lie!' was just one discernable voice in something of an uproar that ensued after President Obama promised that his proposed health care reform bill did not guarantee insurance to illegal immigrants.

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Health Care: Reformation and Reclamation

Zeba Ahmad September 8, 2009

Health is a science; health care is a business. There are innumerable intermediaries between the patient and his care: insurance policies, pharmaceutical companies, technicians and technology, doctors and hospitals. To what extent is it wise to further incorporate the government, which is ailing itself, in the progression from sickness to health?

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Meet the President

Zeba Ahmad September 3, 2009

In short, President Stanley's plans are ambitious, considering his intended improvement of the reputation and resources available to Stony Brook, but conservative considering his limited commitment of University funds and the refreshingly unspectacular nature of his plans.

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Staying Connected on Campus with SINC Sites

Zeba Ahmad August 30, 2009

If you consult the internet more than you do your textbooks for class, you're in good company. Since our wireless internet service is patchy at best, Stony Brook provides updated resources and a smoothly run service for on-campus computer and printer use: SINC Sites.

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For Argument’s Sake

Zeba Ahmad August 30, 2009

I hope to see little of my own name in this section this semester, and to replace it with yours. Twice a week I plan to see the world as you do, and to watch you present that vision to the Statesman audience.

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No Clemency for Torturers

Zeba Ahmad May 6, 2009
President Obama is in a bind. If he acknowledges that the atrocities perpetrated on terrorism suspects by the CIA during the previous administration constitute torture, he will be taking moral and legal responsibility for prosecuting them. If he continues to describe the waterboarding, insect, walling, and sleep deprivation practices as "harsh interrogation techniques" and not "torture," he cannot fairly or meaningfully prohibit their use in the future.
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the changing face of facebook

Zeba Ahmad April 25, 2009
Watching change happen often makes us think we can affect or even effect it. The Obama psychology, environmentalist campaigns, and protest against Stony Brook tuition hikes all invoke the power of individual initiative in righting a perceived wrong. The internet, a truly democratic medium, has allowed for and advocated this mentality, often without users being completely conscious of it.
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