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AuthorAndrew Mendes

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Andrew Mendes is an American studying International Relations and Public Policy at Victoria. He enjoys following politics and reading lots of news.

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October 12, 2009

It’s time for saying goodbye. As I sit here—waiting for the floodgates to open, not knowing how to wrap up this column—I fault myself for not having a bombshell to drop on you, or some breakthrough headline that will change the course of American history in its tracks. I think we’re so conditioned that we […]

October 5, 2009

Ever hear someone say they had to laugh to keep themselves from crying? Of course you have; it’s an adage. Well, the other evening, while watching The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, I found myself engaged in the American pastime of laughing at the corruption and vitriol plaguing American government and news. That is what […]

August 10, 2009

Walter Cronkite was known as the most trusted man in America. He was anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years. He was that man in the living room lounge with you and your family every evening; he told American families about events like Vietnam, the death of President Kennedy, Watergate, Iran Contra, Presidential […]

August 3, 2009

Last month, a woman stood up in a town hall meeting in Delaware holding a zip-lock bagged copy of her birth certificate. She then demanded her congressman, Mike Castle (R), why President Obama hadn’t produced a certified copy of his birth certificate. She then rallied the room to their feet, where they all pronounced the […]

July 20, 2009

When I started writing this column, the world was wrapped up in the American politics, Obama had just become the first African-American President, and we were all sinking in a military-industrian quagmire. These days it’s a bit more nebulous, as interest in American politics has waned. I operate on the (rather large) assumptions that you […]

June 2, 2009

The real strategy of right-wing politicians Newt Gingrich: “Let me just say, I think people should be afraid. I think the lesson of 1993—the first time they bombed the World Trade Center—was: Fear is probably appropriate. I think the lesson of Khobar Towers—where American service men were killed in Saudi Arabia—was: Fear is probably appropriate. […]

May 25, 2009

Former Vice-President Dick Cheney has been busy trying to convince the American public of the merits of torture—euphemistically known as Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs)—claiming that torture was a legal and effective way of preventing further terrorist attacks. However, not only has evidence come to light debunking the effectiveness of ‘the Cheney method of interrogation’, but […]

May 25, 2009

Humanities Necessary to Weather Coming Storm Let’s face it; these are some interesting times we’ve inherited. World markets crumbling, wars across the globe, food shortages, America on the brink of collapse, traditional values uprooted, corporate-owned armies, overpopulation, a dying planet—all these problems will be ours to shoulder in only a few short years. How will […]

May 18, 2009

You’re taught to love your country. Since time immemorial, schoolchildren in the United States have stood in unison—their hands over their hearts—and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. The flag—displayed in every classroom—is an embodiment of our national values, a visual representation of our history, and a source of patriotism and national pride. […]