Author: Ammara Ansari

Betsy Devos is using anti-Muslim, anti-Black bigotry to threaten diversity in higher ed programs

Betsy Devos is using anti-Muslim, anti-Black bigotry to threaten diversity in higher ed programs

Betsy Devos has done it again. On August 29th, the Department of Education sent a letter to the Consortium for Middle East Studies departments at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, claiming that the program “disproportionately portrays ‘the positive aspects of Islam’”. They threatened that if the schools do not make amendments to the program by September 22nd, […]

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Nobody cares for the tears of Kashmir

Nobody cares for the tears of Kashmir

The situation in Kashmir is deteriorating at a rapid pace and it seems the world is silent or that they are unwilling to stand up to injustice. And even when people speak, the leaders of strategic countries deliberately choose to delay response or to ignore the cries of ordinary people because accruement of wealth is more attractive than ruining trade […]

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Mass shootings from a woman of color’s perspective

Mass shootings from a woman of color’s perspective

Connor Betts is the suspect in the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which left 9 dead and 27 injured. Patrick Crusius is allegedly responsible for the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which left 20 dead and 26 wounded. There should be no confusion at this point about the fact that white supremacy is on the rise in America. As […]

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A Democratic Presidency isn’t going to solve the Mitch McConnell problem

A Democratic Presidency isn’t going to solve the Mitch McConnell problem

The first democratic presidential primary debates took place this past week in Miami, Florida over the course of two nights. Twenty out of twenty three candidates qualified to stand on the debate stage, and ten candidates stood each night (we seriously have to work on pushing some people out of this race). On the first debate night, moderators Chuck Todd […]

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It’s on US to press presidential candidates to unionize their campaigns

It’s on US to press presidential candidates to unionize their campaigns

There are currently 23 Democratic presidential candidates (yeesh) for the November 2020 election and things are starting to heat up. Nineteen of those candidates visited Iowa recently in an effort to coax voters into jumping on their bandwagon, highlighting some of their most popular policy stances and sharing their personal stories. Soon enough, these candidates will come flocking to Michigan […]

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Brett Kavanaugh, America is enraged

Brett Kavanaugh, America is enraged

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is a sober reminder of the corruption in both our political and our legal system. An undeniable proof that decency and human dignity in the present do not outweigh an insatiable thirst for power and authority. Individuals who seek to exert control over the vulnerable limit access to justice. The 50-48 vote was no surprise. We should […]

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Campaign finance in Michigan: We’re the worst

Campaign finance in Michigan: We’re the worst

Think about the last time you got a call from Senate or Congress at the federal level asking for money. You either gave little or hung up the phone. Then think about that time you asked for yard signs and volunteered – there is a high probability that someone complained about the fact that the campaign office does not have […]

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The national progressive movement, as run by women

The national progressive movement, as run by women

When I met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Dearborn this weekend, she shared her experience running around Michigan in support of Abdul El-Sayed for Governor. When I asked her which city was her favorite, she said that Flint had a special place in her heart because she visited the area when she took a trip to the Midwest after the 2016 elections. […]

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What to avoid saying to a hijabi woman

What to avoid saying to a hijabi woman

Below are a list of things you should avoid saying to/asking a hijabi woman: Don’t you get hot in that thing, especially in the summer? I bet your hair would look gorgeous if you just let it out! Just get that rag off, and you’d look so much better. Poor thing, it must be so difficult for you to do […]

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Foreign interference the new norm?

Foreign interference the new norm?

Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton has recently eliminated the cybersecurity coordinator position within the National Security Council. This was one of the top positions within the organization and Bolton’s reasoning was that the lower level officials would be more than capable of handling cybersecurity issues. In fact, “Mr. Bolton has talked about ‘streamlining’ the N.S.C., and so far that appears […]

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Free speech for the not-so-free

Free speech for the not-so-free

There’s been heated debate as to whether the Constitution should protect what people call “hate speech”. The Supreme Court currently holds that the right to free speech is not to be limited in any way. The argument is that once the government begins banning certain forms of speech, it could find any justification to curtail this basic American freedom. The end of […]

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