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Faye Shen Li Thijssen is an opinion editor at The Tufts Daily. Faye is a sophomore studying international relations and can be reached at [email protected]


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The passage of Biden’s infrastructure bill and the consequences of our polarized political climate

On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed the long-awaited $1.2 billion infrastructure bill into law. The U.S. is now able to finally begin infrastructure projects that were previously put on hold, investing $550 billion over the next five years. These projects include rebuilding our roads and bridges, investing in public transit and easing Amtrak’s maintenance […]


Glenn Youngkin’s win in Virginia should be a wake-up call to Democrats

On Nov. 2, Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin was declared the new governor-elect of Virginia with just over 50% of the vote. Youngkin’s victory marks a notable moment in the state’s political history, as he’ll be Virginia’s first Republican governor in over a decade. In the wake of this historic election and political polarization of the […]


Racial disparity among Tufts faculty and students must be addressed

Tufts University has long taken pride in the racial and ethnic diversity of its student populations. Diversity among incoming classes has increased steadily over the past several years. Nearly half of students in the Class of 2025, for example, identify as students of color. The value of a diverse student body is indisputable, but a […]


The genocide of Uyghur people: A revealing whistleblower report and American ignorance and collective responsibility

Content Warning: This article discusses violence, torture and genocide.  On Oct. 5, CNN published a whistleblower report from a Chinese ex-detective, detailing the brutal treatment of Uyghur communities by Chinese officials in Xinjiang — the Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The informant, who goes by ‘Jiang’ to protect his identity and […]


What’s at stake in the Virginia gubernatorial election

Today, the state of Virginia will vote to decide who its next governor will be. With the 2022 midterm elections rapidly approaching, the two leading candidates in next week’s election head into the polls in a close race.  The leading democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, is an experienced politician who is running for reelection after previously […]


The impunity of the wealthy: The Pandora Papers

Last week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published its largest global investigation to date: the Pandora Papers. More than 600 journalists from 117 countries have spent the past several months reading through almost 12 million documents including images, files, emails and spreadsheets collected from 14 sources which reveal the hidden assets, tax evasion and […]


Intersectionality in the face of tragedy

In June, 22-year-old Gabby Petito and her fiance Brian Laundrie embarked on a cross-country road trip. For the majority of the trip, Petito maintained regular contact with her friends and family, but her communication abruptly stopped at the end of August. Laundrie returned home from the road trip alone on Sept. 1, offering no mention […]


The exacerbation of political polarization in Canadian elections

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called an early election barely two years into his term on Aug. 15. Trudeau triggered this snap election in the hopes of winning a majority in the House of Commons, thus regaining the party majority which was denied him in the 2019 election. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Director Chrystia […]


Medford and Somerville elections: The importance of local politics for Tufts students

Last Tuesday, Sept. 14, marked the deadline for Medford and Somerville preliminary election ballots to be received. The preliminary elections asked voters to choose their top candidates for a number of offices, including mayors of both cities, six school committee members in Medford, one councilor in Ward 5 and another in Ward 7 in Somerville.  […]


The implications of California’s recall election

Today, California voters face the decision of whether to replace Gavin Newsom as governor of California. The prospect that the Democratic governor may lose his position in the predominantly blue state has sparked nationwide concern. While a poll conducted found that 58% of likely voters say they will vote against the recall and support Newsom, […]


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