Author: Othman Mekhloufi

Othman John Mekhloufi is a writer for 71 Republic, and is currently in his sophomore year of High School. He is an active member of his local Libertarian Party, and his school’s debate team. Othman is also invested in his private debate academy which participates in many debate tournaments. He heavily believes in the enactment of small government, free markets, and protection of natural liberties. Not only this, but Othman holds a great love for his country, the United States of America. He can be reached on his social media; Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @othmanmekhloufi

Roughly 180 Killed in Haftar’s Assault on Tripoli

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

At least four civilians were killed when the Libyan National Army attacked the Libyan capital of Tripoli, resulting in a total of 180 fatalities. Of the civilians killed, most were women and an additional 17 were wounded.

The initial assault on the city, lasting two weeks and still ongoing, has left over 800 people wounded. The assault is being led by the head of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Rape With No Hard Evidence

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

On January 10th, 2019, a mostly female jury found Albert N. Wilson, a 23-year-old University of Kansas student, guilty of raping a woman he met at a nightclub near campus.

Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced him to 147 months (over twelve years) in prison.

On the night of September 10th, 2016, Mr. Wilson met his accuser at The Jayhawk Cafe nightclub, known as the Hawk. They were in line to get into the ‘Boom Boom Room’, a dark and crowded dance floor in the basement of the club.

At the time, Mr. Wilson was 20 years of age and used a friend’s ID to enter the nightclub. The accuser, a then 17-year old high school student, was not asked for identification by the club at all.

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Janet: The U.S. Military’s Secret Airline that Flies to Area 51

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

At the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, there exists a highly classified airline with a fleet of passenger aircraft that the military owns. It commenced operations in 1972 and was operated by defense contractors that played a key role in the development of nuclear weapons. The airline currently operates out of a private terminal, and the public knows very little about it. They, however, unofficially refer to it as “Janet”. This is because “Janet” is the callsign that the pilots use to identify their aircraft over air traffic radio.

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The U.S. Military Wants to Build Space Lasers

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

The Pentagon has asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to fund research and development for space-based lasers, neutral particle beams, and advanced missile defense. DefenseOne reported that two studies are currently being conducted by American defense officials regarding these space-based weapons. These two studies aim to develop a space-based weapon capable of disabling enemy ballistic missiles moments after launch.

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Ohio is Defunding Planned Parenthood

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In February of 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation that cut all funding for abortion-providing health centers, namely Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has been the source of a lot of controversies surrounding the abortion issue. Ohio allocated roughly $1.3 million to other federally qualified health centers, health departments, as well as other non-abortion providing healthcare providers.

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