The Vermont Cynic

To understand the Middle East, you must understand history

November 4, 2002


Filed under Archives, Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Welcome to the wonderful world of FaReid Ibrahim, where logic and ethics don't get in the way of argument and polemics. He wrote a fantasy article a few weeks ago, which I disparaged (quite effectively, I think). Now, he returns to the pages of the Cynic, with more slander and half-truths about Israel....

Column on Leftists Not Right

November 4, 2002


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To the Editor: In his recent article, Russell Henderson sought to criticize the movement against the war on Iraq, and especially the manifestation this movement took recently with the protest at City Hall. However, in doing so, he managed to attack many of the issues that that the 'right' in this ...

Marxism is Alive and Well: Cambridge, Berkeley and Burlington

November 4, 2002


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Brace yourselves for this one. Marxism is dead. Sure, it holds out in a few bastions; Cambridge, Berkeley and yes, Burlington have yet to learn of its demise. Thankfully, however, its practical application is all but over. The failings of Cuban socialism are embodied in the well-publicized community...

True Honor Society?

October 28, 2002


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To the Editor: I would like to bring to the attention of the community how I was discriminated against by an "honor" society at our campus. I am talking about the UVM chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I have been a member since my sophomore year and when I decided to run for a lea...

Freedom to Be

October 28, 2002


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After last week's situation in which State Representative David Zuckerman criticized the Vermont Cynic for my column endorsing Democratic candidate Dr. Anthony Gierzynski for State Representative, I decided to remind Zuckerman why this country has the freedom of the press. A free press is one of th...

Israel a Scapegoat for the Ills of Others

October 28, 2002


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Faried Ibrahim, in his recent rant "Not everyone's Promised Land," has fallen into several traditional anti-Israel positions that are based on fallacies, half-truths and general ignorance. His techniques include blaming the Israelis for Palestinian misdeeds, changing the definition of words to fit hi...

Reject Rhetoric, Speak for Yourself

October 28, 2002


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To the Editor: Regarding the ongoing debate raging between the so-called extreme left and right on campus with the "hear-both-sides" camp caught in between: The latter group argues that the left and the right are equally close-minded and simply do not listen to anyone else, therefore failing to see th...

Leftists Should Reexamine Causes, Priorities, and Fundamentals

October 28, 2002


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Last Saturday, Burlington witnessed another chapter in the spectacle of activism when politically illiterate collegians, cheered on by group fervor and a handful of equally misinformed adults, descended on City Hall Park to protest war in Iraq. The theme of this exposed everything wrong with the so...

Candidate Endorsed for Quality

October 28, 2002


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Mike Banyas' 10/22 column in support of candidate for State Representative Professor Tony Gierzynski was fascinating. But the response by Progressive candidate David Zuckerman was even more so. To advance the dialogue, our legislative representative sent his wife to demand that the UVM Student Go...

War Possible, Peace Preferable

October 28, 2002


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This past Friday, I attended the Dr. Tenzin Robert Thurman lecture, sponsored by the UVM Asian Studies Program, titled: "The Dalai Lama's Millennial Ethic of Intelligent Nonviolence: Sources in Tibetan Buddhism and Prospects in Our Troubled World." The speech gave insight into much of what is going on...

In All Seriousness

October 21, 2002


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To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UVM president, residential life, and police services. As of this year, many of my less scholastic peers have been shipped off to detox for their "safety," and several more have been ejected from the school entirely to "save" the rest ...

Equal Rights: Coming to a World Near You

October 21, 2002


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Recently, I wrote that UVM's conception of multiculturalism was patronizing to minority students. Unsurprisingly, my views were deemed racist. I understand that people disagree, but intelligent replies bridge gaps only widened by label-tossing. To accept only palatable views and slap down all others as...

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