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    Our right to kill

    It gets old watching the policy debate after a school shooting divide itself into two camps: those defending the ‘Second Amendment right to bear... Read More

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    Innocent infants

    There is a certain amount of confusion about the reason for the practice, and even more confusion about whether the activity it is seeking to prevent ... Read More

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    Immigrants? plight

    The United States of America’s Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal... Read More

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    The lure of the city

    Oswald Spengler, a German historian, was working as a teacher at a school when the idea to write a book on the rise and fall of civilisations cropped ... Read More

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    Gaza massacre

    And so we come to the most ghastly of all fateful events last week: the simultaneous bloodbath in Gaza and the glorious opening of the new US emb... Read More

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    The rise of AI?

    Imagine a world where androids exist. Would they replace humans as workers? According to the authors (Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee) of The Seco... Read More

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    Palestine?s tale of repression

    Over the years, the world has watched the unfolding violence perpetrated by the Israeli state against Palestinian protesters with horror. On May 14, I... Read More

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    Haspel?s record

    Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, drafted the cable ordering the tapes’ destruction and lobbied for them to be shred... Read More

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    The death of fair trade

    Much has been said on trade policy since Donald Trump became leader of the free world.  Trump boldly pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership ... Read More

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    No relief for Puerto Rico

    Painful truths sometimes become so obvious that they must be faced. Let’s finally be honest. Even though I forced you to marry me, I never loved... Read More

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    The crumbling empire

    The history of the Roman Empire tends to fascinate European nations. They highly admire emperors and generals who defeated the so-called barbarian tri... Read More

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    My Palestinian right of return is sacred

    This is the story of four Palestinian peasants who have been dead and buried for many years, but whose legacy continues to define the collective aspir... Read More

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    Immigration politics

    With each passing week, the battle of words over immigration intensifies, as Trump administration officials continue honing their favorite rhetorical ... Read More

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    Why America needs war

    US President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has created tensions in the Middle East that could escalate ... Read More

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    Unreliable ally

    As the World Socialist Web Site warned in a perspective published in April 2015 in response to the announcement that Iran and the great powers had rea... Read More

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    Ibn Battuta and Shaikh Murshidi

    We continue with the stories of Ibn Battuta in India and how it ties in with his meeting with Shaikh Murshidi near Alexandria at the beginning of his ... Read More

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    Death in the air Pete Dolack

    The cost of pollution in human lives is often abstract due to the long-term nature of such deaths. The cost, however, is quite concrete: A new report ... Read More

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    The model minority

    “Model Minority” is an idea that emerged during the 1960s in the US that states that nonwhite groups of people are able to essentially rev... Read More

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    American torture

    American torture is back in the news again as Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, prepares for w... Read More

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    They dance alone

    La Cueca has been around in Chile for generations. Rooted deep in the country’s working-class culture, the dance is believed to have European Sp... Read More

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    Love of learning

    My daughter probably would be shocked to discover what I truly think about grades. They don’t matter all that much. The other day she brought ho... Read More

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    Gaza in 2018

    B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights NGO, has urged Israeli soldiers to refuse to fire at unarmed Palestinian protesters. Meanwhile, a new Jewish-... Read More

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    A ?minor incident?

    In Spain last month, hundreds of people protested against the sentence handed down by a court against the five young people of ‘La Manada’... Read More

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    The point is to change the system

    Another May Day was observed last week and a series of protests were held all over the world. Fragmented trade unions across the globe vowed to fight ... Read More

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    Off limits to logging

    Logging, conducted ostensibly to ‘thin the forest’, ‘reduce fuels’ or for so-called ‘restoration’, causes a net lo... Read More

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    The real story

    For decades, consumers of the US media have been fed a series of repeated lies concerning the status of northern Korea. Tales of mass starvation and b... Read More

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    Smart thinking

    If there is one city that seems to be on the right track, it is Copenhagen. The city indicates that cycling should be the foundation for sustainable t... Read More

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    Relevance of Marx today

    “Philosophers have so far only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it”, says Karl Marx in his famous ... Read More

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    Zuckerberg and journalism

    Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know that he cares, really cares, about journalism.“I view our responsibility in news as two things,” he said... Read More

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    De-escalation and escalation

    As a journalist, I have always dreaded reporting on meetings between world leaders billed as ‘historic’ or ‘momentous’ or just... Read More

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    Horrific reality in Gaza

    Once again, the Israeli military has turned its guns on Gaza – this time on unarmed protestors, in a series of shootings over the last few weeks... Read More

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    Rage against the machine

    “I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans”, said Claude Shannon, the father of information theory, in an inter... Read More

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    Nuclear disaster

    The radiation dispersed into the environment by the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan has exceeded that of the April 26, 1986 Cher... Read More

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    Ibn Battuta and Shaikh Murshidi

    This column explores the story of the legendary Arab traveller Ibn Battuta – a globe trotter, holy man and ‘Waliullah’. The Arabs ha... Read More

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    Mysteries in the ruins

    The great 10th century Iraqi poet Abu Tayyib al-Mutanabbi once lived, O fated city, in the Emirate of Aleppo. He even led a revolt in Syria which was ... Read More

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    Tight scrutiny

    Tahmina WatsonSpring break. It’s a vacation I am getting used to now that I have school-age children. I figure I’ve got 10 good years befo... Read More

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    Taken

    At this very instant, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is depriving an 18-month-old child of his mother, separating the two in immigration detenti... Read More

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    Sensitive training

    Days ago, the United States was shaken by yet another racism scandal. The manager of a Philadelphia Starbucks branch called the police on two black me... Read More

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    Chemical madness

    By and large, Americans depend upon the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help shield from dangerous chemicals. In that regard, the EPA is curr... Read More

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    Kim?s challenge

    Expectations are sky-high as Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un is to meet his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, on Friday. The world will... Read More

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    In the sick bay?

    The phenomenon of ‘planet as a patient’ is misleading and deceptive. For instance, the Brundtland Commission’s report appears to be ... Read More

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    Planet of the future

    On this Earth Day, it is difficult to look at the state of the planet and the current political leadership and see much hope. In “Junk Planet&rd... Read More

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    Data privacy

    The UN’s top human rights office concluded years ago that in order to respect the right to privacy, governments should regulate how private comp... Read More

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    Imperial decline: the end of empire

    Historians tend to measure the strength and significance of a nation on the basis of its conquest; military victories; and the number of people it has... Read More

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    Douma and Gaza

    The mainstream media once again have enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump’s latest strike on Syria, pulled off without Congressional approval ... Read More

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    Covering up Israel?s crimes

    The term ‘media bias’ does not do justice to the western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship ... Read More

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    The secret to happiness

    America’s oft-quoted Declaration of Independence, when discussing “unalienable rights,” focused on “Life, Liberty, and the pur... Read More

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    Just economy?

    In 2017, Oxfam calculated that the world’s eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world. We need only simple ma... Read More

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    Eyeless in Gaza

    Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrat... Read More

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    Why pesticides are a bane

    Pesticides cause a multitude of adverse effects on humans. However, they are especially harmful to children. They may have something to do with the ma... Read More

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    Bombs won?t save Syria?s children

    With so many crazy contradictions illuminated by the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air over Syria on Friday night – the lac... Read More

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    Nuclear waste

    Last month, the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor, on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, was found to be leaking radioactive tritium (the ... Read More

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    The zero-hunger challenge

    According to the latest estimate, there are still nearly half a billion people who either go hungry or are undernourished in the countries that fall w... Read More

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    A civilisation in collapse

    There can be little doubt that we are living through extraordinary times: barely a week passes without a major event of some kind occurring somewhere ... Read More

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    Beyond the battlefield

    The attack on Syria has raised important questions about the effectiveness of international laws; the utility of democratic norms; and the silence of ... Read More

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    There?s no rush

    In the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the EU in June 2016, Scotland seemed to be on the brink of independence. Scots rejected Brexit by an... Read More

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    The myth of unity

    Commenting on Hindutva’s ambitious project to “unite all Hindus”, Aakar Patel, former editor and the current executive director of A... Read More

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    It?s up to adults to stop bullying

    Bullying’s been in the news a bit lately, in part because of the Parkland shooting.In response, some people suggested that school children thems... Read More

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    Rescuing higher education

    If the fundamentals are wrong, window dressing will not save a system from crumbling under its own weight. Our higher education, founded on weak found... Read More

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    Migrant deaths

    Late Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved the deployment of up to 4,000 troops to the US-Mexico border. The order, which came after P... Read More

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    Distant and forgotten

    The sickening video of an Israeli sniper apparently filming himself gunning down a Palestinian protester across the fence in Gaza then rejoicing and p... Read More

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    Remembering Winnie

    Fifty years ago this week, the civil rights struggle of Martin Luther King Jr. ended tragically with his assassination on a motel balcony in Memphis, ... Read More

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    Why American lives matter most

    The world needs to understand the historical and psychological motivations behind the imperialism that drives American geopolitics and allows American... Read More

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    Death by plastic

    In the annals of human history, modern day society is already setting records never before dreamed possible, as human-trashed plastic officially kills... Read More

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    A war with no winners

    Do ideologies rule the world? Do they last? Yes, they rule and last as long as they serve the purpose of powerful nations or individuals. This is a cy... Read More

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    Economic reforms

    At the outset, let’s consider some basic facts about the state of public finances in the 1980s and the challenges that the country faced during ... Read More

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    A moral voice

    Martin Luther King Jr’s voice reverberates across the world even after 50 years of his assassination. The relevance and importance of his voice ... Read More

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    Rethinking America?s gun debate

    Repeal and replace? How about the Second Amendment? “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the... Read More

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    An artificial revolution

    In his statement to the World Socialist Web Site’s January 16 online webinar, ‘Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship,’ Wikile... Read More

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    A police problem

    In the wake of a crisis, proposals for reform are often radical and ill-conceived. Seattle radio host John Carlson’s gun reform proposal, outlin... Read More

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    A lifetime of mourning

    The new cycle of death and destruction has renewed our sense of insecurity – and that too, so unceremoniously. With the internet blocked and tow... Read More

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    Descent into despotism

    America, driven by the monotheistic goal of Manifest Destiny, expanded its territory with brutality. It swallowed what is edible, assimilating immigra... Read More

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    Beyond matters of austerity

    Sometimes, it’s useful to state the obvious. Here’s a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America’s economy is enormous.... Read More

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    Blueprint for sustainability

    What’s a concerned citizen to do beyond just worrying about business and pollution as usual that is leading us to common catastrophe? Suppose yo... Read More

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    Saving forests

    There is a huge difference between the Industrial Forestry worldview and an ecological perspective. Many people assume that foresters understand fores... Read More

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    Our roads are choked

    The last national census that cost the nation over Rs30 billion revealed how our population had crossed the 200 million mark. Because of this populati... Read More

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    A matter of federal integrity

    The 18th Amendment was an attempt to restore the 1973 constitution to its original shape and intent and remove distortions introduced by military dict... Read More

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    India?s reign of brutality

    Since the beginning of a new phase of resistance against the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir in the wake of freedom fighter Burhan Wani’s kill... Read More

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    Soweto revisited

    Countless people, in countless places, remember when South African policemen – turned willing executioners in service of a dying apartheid regim... Read More

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    Tomorrow?s revolution

    Our leaders need to realise that we have approached the 4th industrial revolution and our democratic system of governance should be reformed according... Read More

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    The narrative of decline

    History provides a detailed record of the rise and fall of civilisations and nations. When readers goes through the story of the rise of a nation or c... Read More

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    A tale of two ?democracies?

    We have justifiably taken pride in our march towards building representative institutions; developing systems that are a product of complex human expe... Read More

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    Mosquito gap

    OK, I admit it, I’m a freeloader. My neighbors asked if I’d go in on a mosquito control service last spring, and I turned them down. I was... Read More

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    Another Palestinian tragedy

    The latest deaths of innocent Palestinian protesters, who had gathered along the Israel-Gaza border for the ‘Great Return March’, at the h... Read More

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    The oligarchs? scam

    A number of the reigning oligarchs – among them Mark Zuckerberg , Elon Musk , Richard Branson and Stewart Butterfield – are calling for ... Read More

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    Economic reforms: part - XVI

    Returning to our series on economic reforms, we turn to the subject of taxation that lies at the core of our economic malaise. As in previous articles... Read More

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    You are more Malala than you think

    Women who dare to assert their voice as human beings are anathema to a society in which misogyny has rested uncomfortably deep inside the social, econ... Read More

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    Change is coming

    The cries of loss and anguish become public, at last. A million young people seize the truth: “Half of my seventh grade class was affected by gu... Read More

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    Inequality won?t solve itself

    Republicans in Congress and President Trump got their big political victory: a tax overhaul that vastly benefits the superrich and corporations at the... Read More

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    The Nadiya story

    It is alright if you have not heard of Nadiya Savchenko. Ukraine is a country located at a bird-fly distance of 2,356 miles from here and in a region ... Read More

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    Charter of economy

    Dr Farrukh SaleemNever in our chequered financial history have we had a trade deficit of $35 billion. Never in our chequered financial history have we... Read More

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    Between power and prestige

    Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has attracted attention of late – for mixed reasons. It started with his speech in Quetta on the first anniversar... Read More

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    Land Day: a day to remember

    This year, the commemoration of Land Day remains as important as ever because in addition to remembering Palestinian resistance, it reminds us how the... Read More

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    The rats

    Much before the term ‘underworld’ was associated with organised urban crime, rats were linked with subterranean activity. They have always... Read More

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    Power of protest

    Size matters – at least when it comes to the size of our protests. Though final count is still being tabulated, researchers Erica Chenoweth and ... Read More

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    Gun violence

    It is true that handguns are used in the vast majority of gun homicides in the US. But in Mexico, assault rifles are the preferred weapon for organise... Read More

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    Digital threats

    Cambridge Analytica relies upon ‘psychographic’ techniques that measure the Big Five personality traits borrowed from social psychology: o... Read More

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    The coalition of compassion

    Fred Rogers was a kind, gentle man who loved children. The late host of the quiet, profound children’s television programme, Mister Rogers&rsquo... Read More

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    Blissfully unaware

    Several naturalists and environmental writers believe the massive loss of insects has everything to do with three generations of industrialized farmin... Read More

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    Living in terror

    Growing up in an America where guns are seen as more of a priority than children’s lives, I remember the first time a school shooting affected m... Read More

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