The Proletarian | Journalist killed by Saudis calls attention to genocide in Yemen

The war-for-profit is supported by U.S. and why you should care

ETHAN COSTELLO | coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

The U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia is one built on profit and a mutual goal of undermining the upward movement of working people internationally. The recent breaking news calls attention to the backwardness of U.S. politicians and corporations.

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Protesters demanding the status of Jamal Khashoggi after his disappearance and before news of his murder.                                        Courtesy: brewminate.com

Earlier this month, NPR broke the news that a Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was confirmed murdered by the Saudi government. Khashoggi has been a long time critic of the Saudi government, a monarchy-dictatorship. This sudden revelation has caused many proponents of Saudi Arabia to pull their investments and their support from the country in outrage at this atrocity. If only this reaction came sooner.

Khashoggi’s death is tragic. Let us understand this moment in history within the broader context of U.S.-Saudi relations. Vox reported that the Saudi Arabian government requested U.S. aid in 2015 for war efforts against ‘rebels’ in Yemen. These rebels are of a group known as the Houthis who have been historically oppressed by the Yemeni government.

Yet, it turned out that many of these targets had little to no military weight in the region and were near public buildings and residential areas. The Saudi government began their war in Yemen and—shocker—bombed neighborhoods, hospitals and schools. The United States initially abstained their support of the Saudis after the war began in Yemen, but soon offered aid to Saudi Arabia, allegedly to secure a deal with them against Iran. As a result, the war has killed thousands of civilians and decimated communities.

What does the war against Yemen by the Saudi Arabian government have to do with the death of Khashoggi? Khashoggi has been a long-time outspoken voice against the Saudis, specifically the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, because of their human rights violations and imperialist-like warmongering. Apparently, the Crown Prince did not like this very much, and silenced Khashoggi permanently.

So, we have genocide in Yemen by the Saudis. The United States is known to have supported this war with military aid. And yet, even after the death of Khashoggi, the U.S. government continues to support the monarchy in Saudi Arabia. Why? Pat Robertson, a prominent conservative, answers it quite plainly: money. Robertson claims that there is $100 million on the line. $100 million that none of the majority (the working people) in the States will never see. It is important to understand that war makes money, but not for me and you. The arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia have filled the coffers of the politicians and officials of weapons manufacturers. There is literal genocide happening in the twenty-first century in Yemen, and the response from heads of state is to shrug it off because they are not willing to lose their money and their dominance over the international working class. Let us show solidarity for the Houthi people in Yemen and make it known that we do not support their war of oppression. In solidarity.

Ethan Costello is a senior majoring in communication, VP of No Victims Self Defense and Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.

The Proletarian | Education for all! Fight to end budget cuts!

ETHAN COSTELLO | coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

Last May I had the pleasure of attending a student-led action directly outside the state capitol building in Madison. The fight against the budget cuts slashing through our school system brought students, teachers, administrators and university faculty together, despite the overcast skies and down-pouring rain. In our rally outside the capitol, student speakers stood their ground and defended public education for all. Afterwards, we marched into the capitol building to deliver our letter of demands to Gov. Scott Walker’s office. It’s been about 4 months and it’s clear our letter has not been answered.

 

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Students from UW-Stout, Oshkosh, Parkside, Superior and others rallied outside the Capital building May 9, 2018. 

This rally came after a series of events happening within a short period of time: the proposal of the system-wide campus merger, the weak

ening of shared governance which gives certain rights to student and faculty governing bodies and the blatant dismissal of student government by the UW System President. This last part refers to sometime last year when student government associations across the state put in formal requests to give input in the merger process since the agenda would directly affect students. President Ray Cross had some different ideas about shared governance, taking the stance that it is not their place. In a private email correspondence reported on early last year, Cross seemed intent on ignoring students’ rights. Although students were eventually granted a seat at the decision making table, no direct voting rights were granted to the student representatives.

So, where does that leave us? And why are we here in the first place with these funding cuts? The Board of Regents, nearly all with ties to big money interests and all appointed by Gov. Walker, claim to be addressing decreased enrollment across the UW System. A lack of enrollment apparently does not make for a good investment.

I have yet to see a study on why students are not enrolling, and I’m sure there are a number of reasons(if you have data, please email me). One of them is the growing cost of living compounded with the unreasonably high cost of tuition. Working young folk seeking to go to college can’t afford both, often having to rely on federal financial aid. Even with aid, many students struggle. Education should be free for all seeking it. Maybe if our state would fund education—and everyone knows the money was there all along in the arrival of Foxconn—we’d see enrollments rise once again. But here we are, dealing with the consequences of Wisconsin’s ruling class’s mistake: decreased funding to public education, yet again.

Each student needs to decide for themselves if this is how we should allow ourselves to be treated. If the decision-makers at the top can’t decide to respect us with proper funding, maybe we should respect ourselves enough to do something, say something, about it.

Ethan Costello is a senior majoring in communication, VP of No Victims Self Defense and Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.

Take Charge of Your Mental Health

KRYSTAL DODGE

                                                                                                thorn008@rangers.uwp.edu

College is a time of transition and can be very stressful. Sometimes that bring out things like depression, anxiety, insomnia and many more. It is important to have a strong support network. As you grow and change the elements and needs of your support network will change with it.

According to Chardon State College, “One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness.” That is a large amount of people. Luckily for us there are a lot of resources available here in the community and on campus.

Resources

UW- Parkside has free personal counseling services and referrals are available to all UW-Parkside students. These services are performed by licensed personnel and meet federal guidelines, and they offer individual and group counseling for a wide variety of things.

These services are free and confidential, meaning that the information will not and cannot legally be shared without your written permission. You can call to set up counseling session at (262) 595-2366. If you have an emergency, you call the Parkside police at (262) 595-2911.

NAMI of Kenosha County offers free Support groups for individuals coping with a mental illness, their family and their friends. They are located at 5718 7th Ave, Kenosha, and the number is 262-652-3606. You can call or check their website for the different support groups and services.

Getting involved

People need to socialize because, for the most part, humans are not solitary beings. On campus we have many organizations and clubs you can become part of. Having that group of peers can help you cope better.

Even though mental illness can be daunting, it does not have to be a life sentence. There is hope and help. Take charge of your mental health and be the best you, because there is only one of you and the world needs you in it. In the words of Demi Lovato, “It’s my mission to share this with the world and to let them know that there is life on the other side of those dark times that seem so hopeless and helpless. I want to show the world that there is life — surprising, wonderful and unexpected life after diagnosis.”

The Proletarian | Kavanaugh was never fit for Justice seat

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Fellow students protest Kavanaugh’s nomination for SCOTUS outside the Student Center.
Courtesy: Ethan Costello

ETHAN COSTELLO

coste012@rangers.uwp.edu

Added to sexual assault, Kavanaugh’s record speaks for itself

The Kavanaugh hearing has been a disappointing process. The FBI and the senators have confirmed the theatrics behind “due process” when it comes to big money interests. Brett Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court Justice seat in light of the allegations of sexual assault levied against him, his tendency towards dishonesty and his political line.

After Christine Blasey Ford gave testimony about the sexual assault committed against her, I believe her. Do you know why? The likelihood that this is a correct accusation is highly in Ford’s favor. The numbers as reported by news outlet the Independent are scientifically in her favor. The likelihood of a false accusation of sexual assault or rape is extremely low, anywhere from 2-6%. And allegations of sexual assault are always treated with unremorseful suspicion, perpetuated by the rampant misogyny embedded in our culture.  The ridiculous line of questioning by supporters of Kavanaugh inside the Senate shows this suspicion in Ford’s case.

The manner in which Kavanaugh has addressed these accusations and the necessary inquiries that have followed has been questionable and unbecoming of a man who claims to have dedicated himself to the matters of justice and truth. Kavanaugh has managed to commit perjury many times throughout the hearing process. An analysis published on The Intercept breaks down the rhetoric that Kavanaugh used while under oath, and he blatantly lied about his history at Yale and about his past associations as well as dodged questions and digressed from the topic at hand. This is a common strategy used by people with something to hide. And it is purposeful. Vox published a comparison between Ford’s answers to pointed questions versus Kavanaugh’s answers. Ford answers every question directly and to the best of her ability, while it is a 50/50 chance that Kavanaugh will directly answer. It should raise alarms in everyone when a candidate for Supreme Court Justice (SCOTUS) is as deliberate as Kavanaugh in avoiding the truth.

Even after all of this, his endorsements and political line are another cause for alarm. It is important to remember that Kavanaugh was a potential nominee for SCOTUS since Trump’s campaign. Kavanaugh was part of a list of 25 names of possible nominees; this list was influenced and endorse by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think-tank. The Heritage Foundation is known for their union-crushing policies, their disregard for women’s rights and their desire to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. This is amongst many other backwards policies that stifle working class people and uplift the ruling class. To boot, Vox revealed that Kavanaugh also has proposed a dictatorial policy which would “exempt” the president from criminal prosecution while in office, effectively quelching any legal investigations and opposition against Trump and future presidents. It is no wonder why Trump supports Kavanaugh so much.

At the time of this publishing, the verdict for Kavanaugh for SCOTUS will have already been made. If the outcome is positive and he is rejected, it will be a victory for the masses, which should be celebrated. If he is accepted, it is a loss. There is only one thing to do in this event: do something about it. Organize about it. In solidarity.

Ethan Costello is a senior majoring in communication, VP of No Victims Self Defense and Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.

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Community Connections | Slay your finals with these awesome study tips

KRYSTAL DODGE | thorn008@rangers.uwp.edu

It is that time of the semester again. We are all struggling to earn good grades and finish the semester strong. There are a variety of things you can do, study tips you can try and resources you can utilize to help you achieve the grades you want and need. Do not let the end of the semester stress get you down.

According to Deloitte Center for Higher Education Excellence, “Nearly one-third of undergraduates leave after their first year, and many require six years to complete their studies.” That seems daunting, but you can be successful!

It is important to get proper sleep, eat healthy, stay hydrated and manage your stress. You can handle your class work and tests. You must allocate your time effectively, develop good study habits and prepare for your tests.

There are many helpful study tips. Cognitive scientists suggest alternating study places and switching between subjects. Forming study groups with your peers and making flash cards are great ways to study. The New York Times reported that consistent testing can help you to relearn information and recall it for your finals, so perhaps all those annoying tests are a good thing.

Effectively using your time is often hard. For each college credit you are taking it is recommended you spend 2 to 3 hours studying per week. Sometimes you have to get creative to fit that all in. Do things like bringing those handy flash cards you made to review in your downtime. Just remember to take breaks as well, because after 90 minutes of studying you will have a hard time focusing. Do not be afraid to take naps, because a sleepy brain is a slow brain.

Test anxiety is a common issue. If you are experiencing test anxiety and it is negatively affecting your performance at school, you should get evaluated. There are accommodations available if you qualify. Some examples of accommodations are extended test time and testing in a quiet room. The Disability Service office is in Wyllie D175 and the phone number is 262-595-2372.

UW-Parkside has help available.  The Parkside Academic Resource Center (PARC) located in Wyllie D180 is open Monday through Friday. The phone number is 262-595-2044. They offer tutoring online as well as in person. They also offer supplemental instruction and student success coaching.

Take a deep breath and try not to get overwhelmed. If you find yourself struggling utilize the resources available. In the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions of The Ranger News.