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Facebook has ruined political discourse

Facebook has ruined political discourse

Christopher Pattyn, Writer
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The 2016 Presidential Election exposed in excruciating detail how terrible social media, specifically the ease with which Facebook users can share fake news stories appearing in their newsfeeds, is for having a constructive political discourse in America. This is not to say that political discourse ...

Is our freedom of press in peril

Is our freedom of press in peril

Danny Montesdeoca, Opinions Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The U.S. has a luxury that some countries in the world can’t enjoy: freedom of the press. The press is sometimes called the fourth estate or fourth branch of government. They provide checks and balances for the other three branches of government by reporting on issues and events fairly and without bia...

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the US

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the US

Dovid Bulgatz, Writer
November 23, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Donald Trump has been elected to be the next president of the United States. I can't say I voted for him, but it doesn't matter, since Illinois voted Democrat. Actually, if you look at the election map, practically all of Illinois was red except for Chicago, making the whole state blue. I'm not sa...

The alt-right across the Atlantic

The alt-right across the Atlantic

Pablo Medina, Production Editor
November 23, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Just as Britain wanted out of the European Union, the followers of Donald Trump wanted out of the Democratic leadership of the United States. According to a report from the National Police Chief’s Council, since the June 23 British referendum to vote in favor of leaving the European Union, race driven...

The origins of the term “Race”

The origins of the term “Race”

Brian Quevedo, Writer
November 23, 2016
Filed under Opinions

I am going to let you in on a little secret that many seem to not be aware of: Everything you and I have learned about race is a false. It’s no one’s fault. Your family and peers have formed these ideologies based on what they have learned and witnessed throughout their lives. So when someone sa...

U.S. bombed Yemen, does anyone care?

U.S. bombed Yemen, does anyone care?

Danny Montesdeoca, Production Assistant
November 9, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The U.S. has had a history of supporting oppressive and destructive regimes in all corners of the world. On Oct. 12 the U.S. bombed three radar satellites in the Houthi-controlled area in Yemen. One of the most concerning things about this is the lack of coverage this has garnered by the American bo...

Education: A basic human right

Education: A basic human right

Melissa Johnson, Writer
November 9, 2016
Filed under Opinions

How hard would you fight for your right to an education? Students at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand answered with a series of year-long, nation-sprawling protests. Recently, these protests have become militant. Since the end of October, hundreds of students at universities across South ...

Shailene Woodley’s arrest and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Shailene Woodley’s arrest and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Pablo Medina, Production Manager
November 9, 2016
Filed under Opinions

If there is a will, there is a way, and the human spirit will fight its way to truth and honor. The Dakota Pipeline, an oil pipeline project created by Dakota Access LLC, has attracted much attention and criticism for its placement and desecration of federal respected Native American land between Nort...

NEIU Perspective: What makes the Cubs special?

NEIU Perspective: What makes the Cubs special?

Christian Gralak, Online Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under Golden Perspectives

The Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time since 1945 and will be facing the Cleveland Indians after defeating the Dodgers in a 5-0 shutout at Wrigley Field on Saturday night. The Independent went out and asked some NEIU students about the team and how they feel about this special year. ...

Death to imperialism: a fight for Kashmir

Death to imperialism: a fight for Kashmir

Danny Montesdeoca, Writer
October 26, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The imperialist practices of capitalist countries should no longer be tolerated by The People. India and Pakistan have been in dispute over Jammu and Kashmir since 1947. Recently, the tension between the two countries has risen to nuclear proportions. "Once known for its extraordinary beauty, the valley of Kashmir ...

A glimpse into anxiety and depression

A glimpse into anxiety and depression

Courtney Munson, Opinions Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Common Mental Health Issues: Anxiety Depression Depression/Anxiety Among College Students: Depression and anxiety are common issues faced by students due to stressors in the college environment. Worry about meeting academic expectations, financial struggles, and troubles with interpersonal...

American and Spanish politics: a comparison

American and Spanish politics: a comparison

Idoia Solano, Writer
October 26, 2016
Filed under Opinions

The political system of a country is one of the key elements when it comes to shape a country's society. Politics permeate every aspect of social life, influencing our daily lives more than we expect. Within the western countries all political systems seem to be quite similar, as they are all known ...