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The end of an era

The end of an era I’ll miss the Shadow in college — and I hope the feeling is mutual

Ahmed Ahmed May 25, 2022

Well, I guess this was inevitable.   Yes, that’s right. After almost three years on the Southwest Shadow staff, two years as an editor and one year as the managing editor, I’m exiting stage...

Beware the Blame America Firsters

Beware the Blame America Firsters Sometimes, our enemies really are the bad guys

Ahmed Ahmed May 6, 2022

20 years ago, a then-niche political writer named Christopher Hitchens wrote a sharp rebuke to a then-definitely-not-niche academic named Noam Chomsky. Though the two men had largely agreed on politics,...

Trumps GOP critics are not your friends

Trump’s GOP critics are not your friends They’re not on great terms with democracy, either

Ahmed Ahmed March 21, 2022

Perhaps the most humiliating part of the Trump Administration’s four years was when their repeated attempts to overturn the election were shot down repeatedly by courts across the country. Despite their...

Why debate matters

Why debate matters It’s one of the least dangerous forms of escapism

Ahmed Ahmed February 20, 2022

60 or 70 years from now, when I’m a decrepit old man edging slowly towards a timely death, if someone were to ask what brightspots I enjoyed during my high school years, I’ll likely have two answers....

Progressives declare war on Biden’s push for opening schools

Progressives declare war on Biden’s push for opening schools The president’s critics are sidelining science for politics

Ahmed Ahmed February 1, 2022

Following the spike of cases due to Omicron, a new wave of school closures have rocked cities across the country. Thousands of schools have closed the first week of the year. School districts in Montana,...

Make Kamala Harris cool again

Make Kamala Harris cool again Progressives shouldn’t fear being tough on crime

Ahmed Ahmed December 3, 2021

“...We run around with these signs: ‘build more schools, less jails, build more schools, less jails’ -  and we walk around everywhere - ‘build more schools’ - we protest ‘build more schools...

Supreme Court of the United States ends marriage discrimination - Obergefell vs Hodges

The ghosts of the gay marriage debate What both the left, right can learn from the fight

Ahmed Ahmed November 5, 2021

  The first national political fight I ever paid actual attention to was the fight over gay marriage. From around early 2013 to the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing it nationwide, I was baffled...

Joe Manchin is the GOAT

Joe Manchin is the GOAT The West Virginia senator is savvier than his opponents admit

Ahmed Ahmed October 20, 2021

“I've never been a liberal in any way, shape, or form.” The defense from West Virginia’s senior senator came as he was under fire from the Democratic Party’s more progressive members over his...

Unwitting conservatives for Biden

Unwitting conservatives for Biden On vaccines, abortion, Republicans are ceding the center to the left

Ahmed Ahmed October 8, 2021

I’ve admittedly borrowed this headline from The New York Times’ resident conservative writer Bret Stephens. The columnist - a hardcore right-winger who lent his support to Democrats in the Trump years...

CCSD’s anti-racist task force shouldn’t make the same errors as other anti-racist initiatives

CCSD’s anti-racist task force shouldn’t make the same errors as other anti-racist initiatives The road to Hell is often paved with good intentions

Ahmed Ahmed September 10, 2021

If you watched the August 26 CCSD School Board meeting, it can be hard to imagine that there are any sort of legitimate concerns with the formation of CCSD’s Anti-racism, Equity, and Inclusion task force....

There are no winners in the critical race theory fight

There are no winners in the critical race theory fight Neither side seems willing to grapple with reality

Ahmed Ahmed July 31, 2021

Following the wave of racial justice protests after the murder of George Floyd, a growing number of progressives figured that their political efforts were best spent in the classroom — that is, rewriting...

A new study confirms where the real anti-semitism lies

A new study confirms where the real anti-semitism lies The most amount of hatred for Jews comes from the right, not the left

Ahmed Ahmed May 17, 2021

“Left-wing anti-semitism” has been an increasingly common target of conservative rile over the past few years. Many right-wing outlets and organizations have dedicated a significant amount of time...

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