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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny found dead in political prison

Noah Thomason, Political Reporter February 21, 2024

On Feb. 16, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died in prison at age forty-seven. With no cause of death given and Russia’s history of assassinating political rivals and dissidents, this has led...

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Updates on the Ukraine-Russia conflict

Mallory Waligora, Political Reporter December 6, 2023

While global attention has been fixated on the Israel-Palenstine conflict dominating press and social media, the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict continues to unfold. The conflict, which started in 2014...

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Zelenskyy meets with world defense leaders as questions around Ukraine support rise

Noah Thomason, Political Reporter October 18, 2023

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with 50 defense leaders from nations around the globe to discuss continued support for Ukraine in its war with Russia.  This meeting...

Major takeaways from the Vladimir Putin-Kim Jong UN summit

Major takeaways from the Vladimir Putin-Kim Jong UN summit

Noah Thomason, Political Reporter September 20, 2023

On Sept. 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un met for a five-hour meeting at Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome --- a new site that may allow Russia to domestically...

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OU alumnus and Washington Post photojournalist details coverage in Ukraine

Arianna Heyman, Editor-in-Chief June 15, 2022

After graduating from Oakland University, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Salwan Georges has been busy reporting on numerous topical and internationally significant events. Most recently, Georges...

Letter to the editor: Silent witness to a genocide

Steffan Puwal, Contributor April 8, 2022

This is the second month of the war.  Ukrainians continue to fight alone in defense of their democracy, their families, and basic human decency.  In recent days, we have been witness to the atrocities...

Letter to the editor: Do more to manage the nuclear risk from sanctions

Steffan Puwal, Contributor March 31, 2022

One month into the war, NATO and the United States seem committed to sending military equipment to Ukraine and imposing significant sanctions on Russia.  Press briefings, official statements, and countless...

Letter to the editor: Focus on the nuclear war we already have

Steffan Puwal, Contributor March 24, 2022

Steffan Puwal, PhD Special Lecturer & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Physics   “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”  After...

Walter Wolfsberger (left) and Professor Taras Oleksyk (right).

Letter to the editor: Propaganda war: Debunking misinformation claims about Russia’s war in Ukraine

Walter Wolfsberger and Taras Oleksyk March 21, 2022

*This letter was prepared based on the most common questions received during Support Ukraine Table at Oakland Center last week. We know that information is the ultimate power.  In our times, this has...

Shchubelka and her six-month-old baby on the bus to Prague

OU graduate student safe after fleeing from Ukraine

Arianna Heyman, Editor-in-Chief March 16, 2022

When Oakland University graduate student Khrystyna Shchubelka traveled to Ukraine on Jan. 5 with her husband and child, she never could have imagined that she would be forced to flee the country so soon...

Professor Taras Oleksyk at Fridays Light the Candle for Ukraine ceremony outside of Elliott Tower.

Letter to the editor: There is still a lot to learn about the Ukrainians

Taras Oleksyk, Contributor March 12, 2022

Some time ago, I put a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag on my house in Rochester Hills.  A neighbor walking her dog asked me: “I like that flag; we googled the colors already.  Are you from Ukraine?” Despite...

Letter to the editor: Ukrainians will resist. What should I do?

Taras Oleksyk, Contributor March 2, 2022

I hope you are watching. There is a tragedy unveiling in the middle of Europe. A dictator that poisons and imprisons its own people is now moving his armies to strangle a fledgling democracy that believes...

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