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Jessica Goldstein


Artist holds printmaking workshop

An artist is nothing without his printmaker. Printmaking is unique in the art world. It relies largely on what master printmaker Dan Welden said is “a love for process” while other art forms, such as painting, rely on perfecting the piece.

Anonymous hacking brings light to systemic animal abuse

I remember when I was younger, I wanted to be a marine biologist. That pull to the deep unknown engulfed me, and nothing could ever prove to surpass all the creatures that filled that vessel.  My parents would buy me book after book on every species known in the ocean, yet as that desire was fulfilled, I would again strive to learn more.

Condemn African dictators for undermining democracy

“Please explain this to me like I’m a five year old.” I guess this can be said about nearly every decision that I read about African politics, but this one is one of those decisions that makes vomit fill my mouth and the ground below my feet feel shaky. This July, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza stole a third term and changed his country’s constitution despite great opposition from his own party — claiming that his first term did not count on the grounds that he was appointed by Parliament rather than being elected by popular vote.

Scrutinize Nobel Peace Prize candidate vetting process

And the results are in! For the 2015 year, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner of China’s Confucius Peace Prize for the Founding Leader as “he brought benefit to the people of Zimbabwe.” This benefit so frequently manifests itself in the presence of mass atrocities and election violence, but maybe for a moment let’s put that aside to reevaluate how we got here.  The prize was first awarded in 2010 in response to the Nobel Committee’s choice to give the Nobel Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident who spent 11 years in prison.

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