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    Turkey and US face off in Northern Syria

    In the Northern corner of Syria, bordering Turkey, two million Kurds live in a state of order as compared with the rest of the region. They have democratic and focused governments and a strong security force. Elsewhere, the once glorious cities of the Middle East have been ravaged by evacuating residents, drone strikes, insurgent guerilla fighting, and daily mortar shelling. In Kurd-controlled Syria, the largest ethnic minority in the fighting country lives in a state of order, as the region continues in violence. Kurds speak their own language and maintain a strong sense of self-determination and nationalism for their lands. In Syria, the Kurds have long been a repressed minority,…

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    Russian-US tensions on the rise: Are we on the brink of the second Cold War?

    The violence in Ukraine took on much broader geopolitical significance on Feb. 27, when Russian President Vladimir Putin called for military action in the country and a force of heavily armed soldiers arrived in the Crimean peninsula. This is just the latest development in what has been a tension-filled several years between Russia and the West reminiscent of the Cold War. Since Putin’s 2012 election for a third term, relations between Russia and the U.S. have been strained at best. Russian violations of anti-missile treaties, culminating in a Jan. 29 cruise missile launch, raised concerns about Putin’s apparent disinterest in de-escalating the Cold War arms race. “If the Russian government…

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    Dual Language Controversey

    By Hannah Schanzer On Jan. 17, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board voted  to maintain the Mandarin Chinese program at Glenwood  Elementary school and reassign 76 students outside of the Mandarin program to different schools this coming fall, increasing the controversy about the program’s merit. The Mandarin program was created 11 years ago to teach English to Mandarin-speaking students.  Over time, however, the program has evolved into an immersion program for English-speaking students and it has caused controversy at Glenwood as it has increased in popularity. According to fall statistics, Glenwood Elementary has 513 students, 90 above capacity.  Although it is one of the smallest elementary schools in the district, it…