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Daniel Raphael
Daniel Raphael is a Junior at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. He has a passion for politics, history, and social issues. He was also an intern at GMHC over the summer of 2013, and Imani House over the summer of 2014.

Entries by Daniel Raphael

The Death Penalty is Wrong

(9) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:26 AM

The United States is one of a few developed democracies that still enforces the death penalty. The death penalty is common practice in a variety of authoritarian countries such as the People's Republic of China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This unjust action has continued in the United...

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Who Stands with Nigerians?

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 4:35 PM

After the recent Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack we saw immense solitary with France. This solidarity came in the form of world leaders showing support in a march against terrorism in France. It was incredibly rare to see over thirty world leaders hand in hand, many of whom have their own...

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Islam Is Not The Problem

(1137) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:29 AM

I was appalled by Bill Mahers and Sam Harris' coverage of Islam and terrorism several weeks ago. I am appalled as someone who is not a Muslim, rather someone who is an atheist and does not believe in a higher power. I am not a religious scholar by any means,...

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On the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:08 PM

There is an ongoing crisis in West Africa that continues to become more serious by the day. With over 3,000 dead as of September, the world is faced with the largest Ebola outbreak in known history.

For those who do not know, Ebola or EVD (Ebola Virus...

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The Failure of the Iraq War

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Since the Korean war, the United States has been fighting wars across the globe. Some of these were justified, some of these were not. During the Cold War, it was to stop the spread of communism, a tactic that led us into Vietnam. We fought a proxy war in Afghanistan...

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We Must Change the Contemporary View of Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Several months ago I wrote a piece about gay marriage and the impact legalization of gay marriage meant for my parents. Many people came out to support my parent's marriage, something that truly stood out to me at the time. I was privy to other gay weddings as well, and...

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End the Cuban Embargo

(12) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:21 AM

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Cuba and saw one of the world's most closed societies, a country of many contradictions. On one hand, people were living in crumbling structures, while on the other, the most well-maintained structures were schools and hospitals. Due to the United States' attempts to...

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Is North Korea Falling Apart Under Kim Jong Un?

(11) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 8:52 AM

Kim Jong-Un, the "dear leader" of North Korea and the youngest dictator of modern times, is at an immense crossroads within his country. The country has arguably the worst human rights records, a massive cult of personality for the founders, and immense labor camps for those who defy the regime,...

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Legalize Prostitution

(15) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 9:02 PM

Every country in the world has prostitution, the longest running profession. The only difference within prostitution is the legal status surrounding it. For example, The United States where prostitution is illegal, with the sole exception of Nevada, has had a long running taboo of prostitution. Despite this, according to the...

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Why Edward Snowden Is a Hero

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old Booz Allen Hamilton employee, demonized by the mainstream media, is beyond all else a hero. Snowden has not uncovered a conspiracy, rather he revealed the workings of an illegal government program akin to what Daniel Ellsberg did with The Pentagon Papers. The question now imposes itself...

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The Impact of Video Games on This Generation

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Let's face it, most people of this new generation will grow on video games as I did. Video games have become the new normal in media as television and movies were in the past, and the video game industry will continue to rake in the profits.

Many parents seem...

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End the War on Drugs

(62) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Many in Washington are against drug legalization, even though there is overwhelming evidence that prohibition does not work, and will never work. The Global Commission on Drug Policy reported that between 1998 and 2008, global use of opiates increased 34.5 percent, cocaine 27 percent, and cannabis 8.5 percent. The point...

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The Nature of Gun Violence and the NRA's Abuse of Lives

(470) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:00 PM

On September 16, 2013 there was yet another mass shooting in America. It seems like this one, just as the Newtown and Aurora shootings, was ignored by our legislators. With 13 people (including the shooter) now deceased, we must ask: what are we to do about rampant gun violence in...

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The Perpetual State of War

(4) Comments | Posted September 7, 2013 | 8:01 AM

It seems as though America is faced with a blast from the past. The Syrian conflict has escalated, and today Obama announced that he wishes to send aid to the rebellion, and punish Assad for the use of chemical weapons. What does this remind many in America of?

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Being a Part of The Next Generation of Equality Activists

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 6:46 PM

For all of my life I have been raised by lesbians who have been together for 32 years. They taught me to respect each person as an equal no matter whom they love. Growing up in such an environment, I thought nothing of the fact that I have two mothers...

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