Author: Aaron Gonzalez

Opinion

Islam is diverse inside and outside of Morocco

Some friends asked me what it is like to live in an “Islamic” country, and I had trouble responding.

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Morocco gives new outlook

After six hours in the air with the legendary uncomfortable seats, I finally made it to Casablanca, Morocco on Jan. 17. First impressions were everything, and Morocco surprised me in many ways.

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Aaron Gonzalez
Opinion

Palestine still has problems

Last week, perhaps the most significant event in Middle Eastern history occurred: Palestine officially became an internationally recognized state. With the United Nations General Assembly voting overwhelmingly (only nine countries voted no, particularly the United State and Israel) to recognize Palestine as an official non-UN member state, the long fight for sovereignty and self-determination has been achieved.

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Israel isn’t the only problem

I have a few modest words on the Gaza situation. While there are many reasons to criticize Israeli behavior over the decades, there are two other forces that have failed to help the dignity and humanity of Palestinians: The U.N. and the surrounding Arab states.

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Aaron Gonzalez
Opinion

Austerity: A case for cutting almost everything

Now that the election is over, there is something that we as Americans need to face: austerity. I don’t believe that this country is at the level Greece and Spain are at, but given that economics and mathematics are equal opportunity there are plenty of programs that need to be phased out.

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America keeps Obama, Nebraska loses sanity

On election night it was no surprise President Obama was re-elected. However, one surprise that night was the number of Democrats who gained seats in the Senate, and quite a few pundits attributed that gain to the ultraconservative Tea Party candidates in several states.

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Obama’s 2012 slogan: keep on hoping

President Obama may be the safer bet for America, but true liberals may find themselves voting for him by default rather than out of celebration

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Riots reaffirm duty to protect free speech

In January 2003, the magic team “Penn & Teller” took part in a roast of magician “The Amazing Johnathan.” In their sketch, Teller was rolled out dressed as Jesus Christ on the cross. Then appeared a person dressed as an angel, who then preformed “a simulated sex act on the near-naked Teller.” Suffice to say, many people walked out of the theater in protest.

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Opinion

Despite everything, count your blessings

There are many times in our lives that we forget to count our blessings. Too often we keep wandering around saying how we hate our jobs, we have no money for the newest fancy gadget, or that life is too dull.

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Opinion

Going on a study abroad program is worth it

It’s not often that many college students get opportunities to do something unique. Some have the privilege of being elected to student government, some are popular athletes, and others have the privilege of free education for their academic achievements. Yet for people like me, there’s no better way to make your mark than to participate in a study abroad program. This fall I will be leaving Chadron to spend a semester in Morocco, a country in North Africa, and  just south of Spain.

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