Author: Ryan Lau

Ryan is a first-year sophomore at the University of Vermont, double majoring in philosophy and psychology. He is 71 Republic's Editor in Chief and a member of the Board of Directors. The works of Konkin, Goldman, Rothbard and Tolstoy have influenced his anarchist beliefs and led him to seek a way to bring those ideas into reality.

Bodily Autonomy Threats Run Far Deeper Than We Realize

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Recently, several states have furthered bills that restrict abortions. Most notably, the Alabama law has garnered significant attention; 25 white male Republicans who voted for the bill have seen severe backlash from millions of Americans who believe men should not legislate women’s bodies, that women should have bodily autonomy. For what it’s worth, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who signed the bill into law, is a woman. But that shouldn’t be worth very much.

Without a doubt, this law is a disappointing step backward in the quest for bodily autonomy. However, I fear that many who make the argument for bodily autonomy do not truly believe in the ideal. Violations of it permeate our society to its very core, but in most cases, they receive little to no attention.

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Trump Denies New York Times Report on Iran Troops

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

After gradually stepping up pressures against Iran, many believe that President Trump is looking for war. The New York Times recently released a report that confirmed many of these suspicions; it claimed that the Pentagon sent a plan to high-ranking government officials which would, if they approve it, send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran continued progressing their nuclear program. Trump, however, denied that any officials were considering this plan shortly before noon Tuesday.

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Pentagon Proposes 120,000 Troops for War with Iran

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Since his campaign began in 2015, President Trump has taken an aggressive stance towards the country of Iran. Originally disliking the nuclear deal that President Obama had made with the country. Just one year ago, he withdrew from the deal entirely. Since then, he has declared Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization and placed sanctions on the nation. His hardline stance has some calling the country “Trump’s Iraq“, believing an unjust war is imminent. Now, the military appears to be taking action towards war with Iran.

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Raqqa Civilian Killings by the U.S. Military 89% Unreported

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

In its involvement in the Middle East, the United States military has been responsible for the deaths of many civilians. Likewise, coalitions that it has led, funded, or aided have caused the collateral deaths of many children and other defenseless citizens in hospitals in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and other countries in the region. But now, a recent Amnesty report suggests the United States reported just over one-tenth of the civilian casualties in Raqqa, Syria.

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K9 Dogs and MWDs Face Routine Abuse as Part of the Job

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Since the dawn of humanity, man’s best friend has been beside us. Dogs have long served a number of purposes, from herding sheep to keeping watch to providing companionship. It’s safe to say that they’ve quite earned their title. But K9 dogs, under the direction of the police (and military working dogs (MWDs)), are often not receiving the treatment that they deserve. Instead, they frequently face brutality and danger that they simply do not deserve.

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