Author: Taryn Woody

Why Anti-Military Sentiment on Campus is Often Misplaced

By James R. Mismash and Nicholas J. Romanow Skepticism toward the military is easy to find on college campuses like the University of Texas at Austin; even in the absence of a nationally omnipresent anti-war movement as in the 1960s, anti-military student groups have thrived in recent years. However, college students who desire a just and sustainable global future would be wise to temper and redirect their criticism of the military toward elected leaders responsible for making policy. The Pentagon is frequently blamed for the over-militarized foreign policy blunders of the last two decades. However, this overlooks the relationship...

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2020 Student Op-Ed Contest Now Open!

The Baines Report’s student op-ed writing contest is open! All students at the University of Texas are eligible to submit an article. Rules and Instructions: Op-eds must be between 500 and 625 words. Op-eds may cover any topic. Co-authored articles are acceptable. Op-eds must be submitted by Nov. 6 at midnight. Early submission are welcome. To submit your op-ed, email bainesreport@gmail.com with the subject line “Op-Ed Contest.” The winning article will be considered for publication at the Austin American-Statesman, and the top five articles will be considered for publication at The Baines Report.  Find further directions on writing  an op-ed, here,...

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China’s Secret Genocide

“Never again” came sooner than expected. Kidnapped by their oppressive government, religious minorities are carted from their homes and held inside political prisons, where they are indoctrinated, tortured, raped and experimented on. This is not Nazi Germany. This is Communist China, where up to 2 million Muslims currently reside inside concentration camps, the largest mass incarceration of an ethnic group since the Holocaust. Most of these Muslims are Uyghurs (also spelled Uighur) and hail from the western Xinjiang province, which borders Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. For decades, China has oppressed Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic groups through government-sanctioned cultural annihilation...

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Mayor Adler Responds to Surge in Texas Covid-19 Cases

On July 14, Mayor Steve Adler joined a virtual interview with Politico on the state of affairs in Austin, given the recent surge in Texas Covid-19 cases. Adler expressed his concern for the state and Austin in particular, singling out the difficulties that the city’s healthcare system is facing and the issues the University of Texas and local school districts will face when students return in the fall. Adler was not shy about the harrowing situation facing Austin. “We’re on the edge,” he said. “We opened up our economy too soon without testing and tracing really being in place. Now...

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A Conversation With the ODNI’s Andrew Hallman

While pursuing a Master’s degree at American University, Andrew Hallman took a class taught by a professor on sabbatical from the CIA. As he learned of the pivotal role intelligence plays in policy and security, Hallman wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to know more. Three years after earning his degree and many background checks later, he followed that desire into a job at the CIA. “…And I never looked back,” he said. Hallman served in various capacities over his years at the CIA—as the Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation, the Deputy Director of Intelligence for Strategic Programs, the Director...

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