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A letter to President Trump: Posthumously pardon Timothy McVeigh

A letter to President Trump: Posthumously pardon Timothy McVeigh

Rudy Martinez

September 23, 2017


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Mr. President, I must admit, after a tumultuous start to your presidency, the last couple of months have restored the nationalist and traditionalist fervor that propelled you to an unlikely, albeit necessary, victory. Since August alone, you defended those brave dispossessed patriots, who in Charlottesville,...

God (or How I Learned to Disbelieve and Hate Theology)

Rudy Martinez

August 2, 2017


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As I write this, the passing of my brother-in-law, whom I have known for 16 years, is not even a day old. Sergio Hernandez, 34-year-old father of two infants, succumbed to brain cancer in his sleep. It was a mostly peaceful ending to what proved to be a year of needless suffering. A possible benefit...

Dane Powell is a hero

Rudy Martinez

July 20, 2017


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On Jan. 20, thousands of protesters from across the country descended upon Washington D.C. to protest the inauguration of proto-fascist Donald Trump. Several hundred of these dissenters participated in an anti-fascist, anti-capitalist march that resulted in the arrests of over 230 people. I was ...

The Grenfell Tower tragedy is a case of political murder

The Grenfell Tower tragedy is a case of political murder

Rudy Martinez

July 17, 2017


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The latest tragedy to befall the United Kingdom, a country that has had a grip on headlines in the last year, concerns a fire that consumed Grenfell Tower. The building consisted of public housing flats, and the disaster claimed 80 lives, with the number set to rise. The flames themselves are symbol...

The West’s unavoidable new reality

Rudy Martinez

June 26, 2017


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Dearest Europe, sister of mine, where have you gone wrong? Considering the latest ISIL-inspired terrorist attack on June 3, the United Kingdom now faces its most severe security crisis in over a decade. Three successful terrorist plots have killed 35 people and injured hundreds in the last ten wee...

100 years onward, the Russian Revolution continues to inspire

100 years onward, the Russian Revolution continues to inspire

Rudy Martinez

June 19, 2017


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On May 27th, in perfect Austin fashion, Alamo Drafthouse at The Ritz showcased what it calls “one of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema.” Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece, “Stalker,” is perhaps the greatest film you have never seen—like “The Wizard...

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