Joshua Youner | Conscientious and Contentious

As I embark on writing my final piece for this column, I look back on the past 11 weeks and reflect. I find that I have taken on a more than mildly pessimistic tone on the current state of affairs, both at home and abroad. I’m not sure if that is due to my inherent […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientious and Contentious

In a spectacle of bold defiance, WikiLeaks has begun publishing yet another groundbreaking series of secret documents. On Sunday, Nov. 28, the website dedicated to global transparency began publishing over 250,000 U.S. embassy cables. Though the cables will give people around the world an unprecedented look into the inner workings of U.S. foreign policy, there […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientious and Contentious

What would you do if you lived each day with the threat of deportation on your mind? Thousands of teenagers in this country must live like this, despite growing up here and knowing no other country. Even though they are American in every other way, this population must live and work with no legal status […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientious and Contentious

The closest thing to a universal collective security institution, the United Nations (UN) serves a very important role in international affairs. The Security Council, which is its primary peacekeeping arm, is arguably the most important and powerful organization within the UN. Made up of five permanent members with veto power and 10 elected rotating members, […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientious and Contentious

As I watched the midterm election results come in on Tuesday night, I was struck by a fact that I had been reluctant to accept over the past few months — that the Republican Party would most likely take over at least one chamber of Congress, if not both. Now that that has happened, a […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientious and contentious

This is a response to the op−ed “On the presidency, politics and foreign policy” that appeared in the Daily on Oct. 26. That piece was at once an articulate yet irrelevant critique of the United States’ modern political system. While the author, Stephanos Karavas, made some idealistically important arguments, he failed to take into account […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientous and Contentious

Let’s take a break from national politics. I would like to delve into something a little closer to home: the so−called student activism at Tufts. Over the last few weeks, I have been involved with the Tufts Democrats’ effort to register as many students as possible to vote in this year’s Nov. 2 elections. You […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientious and Contentious

Did you know that today is the ninth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan? Probably not. Earlier this year, the war in Afghanistan surpassed the Vietnam War as the longest war in American history, yet we had no idea. Mentions of both the war in Afghanistan and the Iraq war have slipped […]


Joshua Youner | Conscientious and Contentious

On Saturday, I went to a “Rally Forward” event in support of Gov. Deval Patrick’s re−election. The main speakers at the rally were Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, singer−songwriter James Taylor and Gov. Patrick (D−Mass.) himself. The rally, in Boston’s South End, drew many of Patrick’s supporters, including several other Tufts students. During the governor’s speech, […]


Conscientious and Contentious

In recent months, there has been much controversy surrounding a proposed project to bring a Muslim community center to downtown Manhattan. Within and outside New York, there have been countless demonstrations from both sides of the debate. On one side is the opposition to the building of the Muslim community center, also called the Park51 […]


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