• News

    Victims’ rights law passes

    Marsy Nicholas, a senior at UC Santa Barbara, was killed by her ex-boyfriend Kerry Conley on November 30, 1983. A week later, Marsy’s family walked into a grocery store and met the murderer. They had not been notified that Conley had been released on bail. “If any good can come of something this horrible – the loss of my sister and the losses of other families of crime victims – it is that these violent acts served as a catalyst for change,” said Henry Nicholas, the brother of Marsy. “Marsy’s Law will provide for a more compassionate justice system for crime victims.” Since the death of Marsy, Henry, CEO of…

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    Russian defectors poisoned

    Russian defector and ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and 21 bystanders were poisoned by a nerve agent in March. Skripal was a high ranking member of the GRU, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian military, when he defected to the British intelligence agency MI6 and operated as a mole for six years. After being exposed and jailed in 2004, Skripal was deported to Britain in a prisoner exchange between Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Since then, Skripal has frequently traveled to meet western intelligence officials and is suspected of having continued to be an active agent. On March 4, Skripal and his daughter were found barely conscious…

  • Arts & Culture

    The Bacchanalian: Best Bubble Tea

    Tea, sugar, milk, flavoring and most importantly of all, tapioca balls. Since the invention of bubble tea in 1986, the drink has exploded in popularity among Asian communities in the United States and abroad. Consequently, it’s no surprise that bubble tea locations have popped up in both Chapel Hill and the larger Raleigh Durham Area. First, we’ll be reviewing the bubble tea shop Frozy’s. Frozy’s is located in the New Hope Commons shopping mall plaza next to Walmart. The store offers bubble tea, frozen yogurt and smoothies. Their bubble tea comes in multiple flavors and offer both milk and fruit versions (bubble tea with added milk or added fruit flavoring).…

  • Opinions

    American Policy Towards Israel Must Change

    Israel is a staunch Middle Eastern ally of the United States and one of the primary recipients of American aid. Since the establishment of Israel as a nation, the United States has unashamedly backed Israeli interests without considering its own interests. However, this unconditional support by the United States to Israel is a fundamentally flawed and ultimately wrong political policy. For decades now, the United States has stood firmly behind Israel, regardless of its own strategic interests in the Middle East and abroad. In its blatant and inflexible support for Israel throughout the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the United States has alienated potential allies and created new enemies. Although tacit support for…

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    The Iran Protests

    Iran has always been a major center of discontent and revolution in the Middle East since the Cold War. Beginning with the election protests of 2009, Iran’s regime has begun to experience major social unrest against political repression and economic crisis. On 28 December, 2017, massive anti-government protests erupted in Mashhad, the second largest city of Iran. The protests were sparked by the declining economy and the failure of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s economic policy. President Hassan Rouhani campaigned and won on a platform of economic revitalization with a host of ambitious new policies and campaign promises. According to a poll in 2015, Rouhani’s popularity skyrocketed to eighty-nine percent of…