Talking Back


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The Harvard Independent writes for its readers, and that is why this week we are featuring the comments, tweets, and Facebook posts from our readers. Our stories are meant to invoke critical thinking and share a new perspective. We want our readers to be able to engage in the conversations we start.

Harvard Ignored Sexual Assault Thirty Years Ago (9/1715)

By Eloise Lynton

Comment, by disqus_y0iSEoD95O:

“Excellent piece. Harvard has done such a poor job of responding to the sexual assault epidemic on campus. This is true across the board. There is no reason to believe that incidents have declined. The “outreach” to victims of assault remains incoherent. The Harvard websites that purport to deal with the problem are all over the place with links to dead ends in some cases and in other cases present messages that have nothing to do with sexual assault. (Look at the home page for the Office for Sexual and Gender-based Dispute Resolution (ODR), which is one of the places to which victims of sexual assault are directed. This is the big message ODR wants you to know: “The first thing to recognize is that, while Harvard is made up of multiple Schools, we are one community at the end of the day.” It is past the time for Harvard to make some real changes.”


The Invisible Iranians (10/22/15)

By Aditya Agrawal

Comment, by Donald Shellberg:

Excellent article, I am an American Baha’i and the plight of our fellow Baha’is in Iran is a cause of concern (I pray for their well being every morning and evening). I was really ambivalent about the deal my country has made with Iran because, in many ways, persecution has increased under President Rouhani, who is, ironically, considered a moderate by the western media. That being said, I believe it is a good thing that American businesses like Apple will be able to do business in Iran. Because of our global awareness and our ability to associate with all ethnicities and religions, Baha’is would be ideal employees for those companies. While, we still are prevented from getting a formal secondary education, there are other ways of getting an education (eg. online) and American companies tend to be results orientated anyway. Also, it will strengthen the hands of the people in the green movement who are also at the mercy of the current government either directly or indirectly. They will now have an independent source of income.










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