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The Democratic Nomination

Serena Mao With the 2020 election on the horizon, candidates all across the board have been running strong campaigns for the position of president. This year marks one of the most diverse candidate pool in history, with racial diversity, candidates of different …

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Does FDI Alleviate Poverty?

Serena Mao After the 1991 economic crisis, India began liberalizing its economy. One huge change in India’s economic policy was policy reform to attract more foreign direct investment, or FDI. FDI is investment where a foreign government controls at least part of …

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A Vicious Cycle

Serena Mao Often, revolutions under oppressive governments are viewed as necessary or beneficial. When those in power begin abusing their power and using it to benefit themselves at the expense of the common citizen, unrest and dissatisfaction increases within the population and …

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Child Soldiers

There has been an increasing amount of child soldiers through the past few years, and it is estimated that about 300,000 children are working as soldiers worldwide. Knowing that many are getting caught as prisoners of war, the question remains – should …

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Discussion, Not Violence

Serena Mao In late February, a conservative activist working with Turning Point USA’s UC Berkeley chapter was recruiting at a booth on campus. The man, Hayden Williams, later published a video showing him being punched in the face multiple times by an …

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Phases

Serena Mao “Mom, it’s not a phase.” This classic statement is often used to describe sudden periods of time where a new trend or interest rapidly takes over one’s life, whether it be K-pop, knitting, or eating a very specific breakfast. Overall, …

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Overthinking

Serena Mao It’s a common problem: people overthink. After a slip of the tongue, an unusual gesture, a risky text message, thoughts tend to run wild, generating burning questions about every single detail of the situation or conversation. These unanswered inquiries race …

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The North Korea Impasse

Serena Mao Trump’s late February trip to Hanoi in Vietnam was intended to be the dazzling sequel to the initial meeting in June 2018, where the leader of the free world shook hands with the dictator of one of the most isolated …

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Exercise and the Brain

Serena Mao Running, swimming, playing sports: all are examples of the infamous and eternal struggle we call exercise. We all know physical exertion is necessary in our lives; without it, we would lose flexibility, speed, and what some consider a pleasant appearance. …

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Be Straightforward

Samantha Zhang Social intelligence is difficult––it’s almost impossible to decide what people are thinking at any specific moment. As beings that desire social integration and interaction, humans strive to preserve a positive reputation by dealing with others in ways that make the …

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