Articles by Joe Toohey

Columns: These aren’t the best days

“Aw man, make it last because these are the best days of your life.”  Bologna!   How many times have older, seemingly “wiser” people come up to you and said that cliché line?  It’s been happening to me a lot lately, and I’m not buying it.  What a grim outlook.  Why do these days have to…

Law brings immigration issue back into spotlight

A protestor shouts as he joins thousands attending an immigration rally in the capital of Arizona on April 25. (AP) Across the country, tensions are high after the passage and signing of a new immigration law in Arizona. Last Saturday, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., protestors were out in full force expressing their dislike…

New missile could replace nuclear weapons

A new breed of weapons system is currently being considered for deployment by the Obama administration. Prompt Global Strike is a missile capable of reaching any inch of the earth within an hour of launch with such accuracy and force that it would greatly reduce the possibility of having to use nuclear weapons. This system…

Bashir likely winner of Sudanese elections

Counting is currently underway in Sudan’s first multi-party elections in over 24 years.  Though counting will not officially be over for some time, all signs point to sitting Pres. Omar al-Bashir as coming out on top. Last week, election officials extended the voting period by an extra two days due to voter complaints of technical…

Life 101: The most valuable class you’ll never take

Growing up. It’s what we’re expected to do when we graduate from this place. But do any of us – barring that overachieving Boler School graduate student – really know how to tackle it?  We could tell you more than you care to know about Argentinean economic policies or the male XLR cord needed to…

Historic day as health care passes

“The bill is passed!” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after a late night session on Capitol Hill this past Sunday. Sweeping health care reform passed the House of Representatives and was signed into law on March 23 by Pres. Barack Obama. Reform passed in a tight 219 – 212 vote after nearly a yearlong…

Senator steps down, slams ways of Congress

Democrats are in shock after Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh announced last Monday that he would not seek re-election for a third term in office. The centrist Democrat is not retiring because of a lack of popularity. In fact, he had won his prior two elections with over 60 percent of the vote and was poised…

Iran moving in the wrong direction

Iran has begun enriching uranium to 20 percent – the level considered to be “highly enriched” and the threshold for setting off a nuclear reaction. Iranian Press-TV reported that the country formally informed the United Nations nuclear-watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, of its intentions on Monday. This announcement comes on the heels of the…

Touring Asia, Obama has town hall in China

President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall style event with Chinese youths at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 16. Obama spoke extensively about the importance of the freedom of speech and of the free flow of information.

Afghan president agrees to runoff election in face of fraud allegations

Afghanistan made its first step towards re-establishing credibility to its government after President Hamid Karzai conceded the need for a runoff in the recently disputed presidential election. According to CNN, Karzai won the Aug. 20 election outright.  However, a subsequent recount of the votes by a U.N. panel of election monitors voided nearly one-third of…

Tensions high as nuclear talks begin

A little over a week ago, the international community was shocked to learn that Iran has been building a small underground nuclear facility that they have kept secret for years. President Barack Obama disclosed this information standing next to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a speech at the G-20…

World leaders meet in United States

President Barack Obama called for a new era in global relations last Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.   In his first speech to the U.N. as President, Obama said that the world must work together to tackle major issues. He said, “Now is the time for all of us to…

Iran offers proposal for new talks, refuses to negotiate nuclear issue

Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear arm of the United Nations, reports that Iran currently has enough nuclear fuel that, if enriched further, could be used to make a nuclear weapon. According to The New York Times, Davies claims that Iran currently has “possible breakout capacity” should…

New party wins landslide victory in Japan

In what looks like a carbon copy of the U.S. political climate of last year, Japan elected a new ruling party that campaigned on the promise of change.    On Sunday, Aug. 30, millions of Japanese voted to oust the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in exchange for Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) by a nearly…

Defying Obama, Democrats press for hearings on CIA torture allegations

Democrats in Congress are pushing for further investigation into the “advanced interrogation” techniques used by CIA officials on suspected al-Qaida members.