Author Archives: Shara Esbenshade

Free Trade & the Economic Crisis in Nicaragua

THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS that began at the end of 2008 has hit Nicaragua hard. Over a dozen maquilas, factories, that import all the primary materials, export all the products, and comprise the primary source of employment in Nicaragua, have … Continue reading

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A Day in Baghdad Comes to Champaign

On the afternoon of Thursday, September 20th, over sixty people laid down at the busiest intersections of campus town. At 5 pm, a crowd gathered in front of the Alma Mater to hear from the UIUC Campus Anti-War Network, Iraq … Continue reading

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Batey Libertad: “They deport us for being Black”

Your life is illegal. You are told you must leave the only home you have ever known. You are told this not only with words, but with a brutal force and not one moment to prove your legality. This is … Continue reading

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The Anti-War “Die-In”

On Saturday, May the 26th, a group of high school students took dramatic action to address American complacency and political inaction with regards to the war in Iraq. In a visual form of protest meant to bring home the reality … Continue reading

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A Victory For Free Speech

In the February issue of the Public i, Shara Esbenshade and Cody Bralts wrote about police abuse of power in an incident last year. In November, 2006, the Champaign Police Department was called by Dana Brenner, the associate director of … Continue reading

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War With Iran?

“IT’S NOT IF…. THEY’RE DOING IT.” The United States has a history of interfering with Iran’s development. In 1953, the United States collaborated with Britain to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, and put the Shah Mohammed Reza … Continue reading

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