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Boko Haram massacre must not be ignored

Max Moran
(01/26/15 9:44pm)

By most accounts, this was a slow week in the news. After the excitement of President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, the headlines mostly turned to analyses of the speech, continued coverage of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack and its international response and a national scandal over whether or not—shock and horror!—a football was slightly deflated at an important Patriots game.

Promote trade between nations to lessen chances of conflict

Jesse Freedman
(02/03/15 12:31am)

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a campaign perpetrated by various non-governmental agencies against Israel supporting the Palestinian cause. Its basic argument is that economic barriers are needed against Israel in order to put pressure on the country to end its illegal occupation of Palestine and to protect and promote the rights of Palestinians. Those against BDS argue that this campaign is unfairly targeted at Israel, that the occupation of Palestine is not illegal and that the BDS movement harms Palestinians just as it harms Israelis.

EDITORIAL: Reevaluate Lawrence presidency

The Justice Editorial Board
(02/03/15 12:41am)

University President Frederick Lawrence announced his plans to step down from his position in an email to the University on Friday, saying he would serve to the end of this academic year and then accept a senior research scholar position at Yale University. Lawrence wrote that he was “tremendously proud of the way Brandeis has grown and thrived” and cited both an all-time high endowment and an all-time high applicant pool as achievements during his presidency as well as the re-opened Rose Art Museum and “significant progress in balancing the University budget.” Lawrence’s departure represents a potentially major shift in the University’s identity as both his successes and his failings are indicative of broader issues in the University at present.

Promote school choice to improve American educational system

Mark Gimelstein
(02/09/15 9:54pm)

“Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention to facts, but dogmatism will not be corrected by those who are wedded to a vision.” This truth by the great economist Thomas Sowell applies to most of the problems we face in American society today but to none greater than the dire situation facing American education.One doesn’t need to look far to see the sorry state of our educational system.