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American dietary guidelines must be updated

American dietary guidelines must be updated

By Omar Etman, Adam Fazlibegu, and Tess Woosley

September 22, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Government-run health organizations should take on recent dietary studies in order to improve nutritional recommendations.

NYPD rhetoric on Muslim surveillance must be met by policy change

NYPD rhetoric on Muslim surveillance must be met by policy change

April 17, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

The New York City Police Department dropped its surveillance program that placed undercover detectives in Muslim neighborhoods on April 15. Formerly called the Demographics Unit, the Zone Assessment Unit has been a secret weapon in the NYPD’s counterterrorism efforts since 2003. The program’s exi...

Omar’s Oration: Satirist must not forgo his role in Egyptian revolution

Omar’s Oration: Satirist must not forgo his role in Egyptian revolution

March 24, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef is one of the most prominent opponents of Egypt’s government. His steely green eyes belie his Arab roots, and his English suggests a Westernness uncommon among most Egyptians. It is unsurprising, then, that viewers and readers give so much weight to his opinion. Youss...

Wall Street’s excess frustrates income inequality efforts

Wall Street’s excess frustrates income inequality efforts

March 13, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

As President Barack Obama’s motorcade sped down Broadway to visit a Gap store in Midtown to congratulate the firm’s decision to raise the minimum wage on Tuesday, business employees only a few miles downtown on Wall Street were clearly not paying attention. Despite Obama’s best efforts to improve...

De Blasio should focus on governing, not personal battles

De Blasio should focus on governing, not personal battles

March 6, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Thursday that he is seeking to prevent three charter schools from moving into public places free of charge, acting swiftly on the animosity he expressed for charter schooling during his campaign. Charter schools, which are publically funded but independe...

Infrastructure repair requires federal push

Infrastructure repair requires federal push

February 27, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

President Barack Obama proposed a major infrastructure plan in Saint Paul, Minn., yesterday, finally addressing the United States’s aging roads and bridges. The president’s proposal is a four-year, $302-billion initiative that will receive its revenue from closing tax loopholes, a measure both parties...

NYU negligent of winter weather impact

NYU negligent of winter weather impact

February 13, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

The decision to keep NYU open during a potentially hazardous winter storm has caused controversy and represents a significant risk to both students and staff. The university administration has underestimated the obvious risks associated with traveling during a severe snowstorm. The decision is both negligent...

Kentucky Senate race sign of national divide

Kentucky Senate race sign of national divide

February 13, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is in the last months of his fifth term in office and, if Tea Party newcomer Matt Bevin has anything to say about it, possibly of his entire tenure. Given his lofty standing in Washington, McConnell’s teetering on the edge of defeat comes as a surprise. I...

CVS announcement sets precedent for tobacco industry

CVS announcement sets precedent for tobacco industry

February 6, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

In most of the nation’s pharmacies, there is a disturbing paradox with shelves full of health care products on one side and tobacco products on the other. Yesterday, CVS made a bold gamble to remedy this incongruity, resolving to abandon tobacco sales by Oct. 1. This decision seems to be already paying dividends. P...

Reform constitution provides hope for stability

Reform constitution provides hope for stability

January 29, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Egyptians, in desperation, cling to whichever leader makes the loudest promises, swinging like a broken pendulum that gets stuck at opposing extremes. Hosni Mubarak’s reign was marked by inaction, so the Egyptians fled to Mohamed Morsi and his claims of peaceful theocracy for comfort. Now, in ...