Jacob Straus

Jacob Straus is a former Associate Editor (Culture) at Fair Observer. His writing and research are focused on long-term survival and sustainability. He has contributed to Two Steps Forward, a column for the Daily Californian. Straus is a student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Comparative Literature and Environmental Geopolitics.
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The Real Threat of American Extremism

Fundamentalist Christianity is a danger to both the global image and the future development of America. In the aftermath of the Paris attacks in January, the world stage has been rife with discussion about the dangers of Islamist extremism. That fateful word, “extremism,” has always carried a charge, but in the long shadow of 9/11 it has become especially sinister. In many cases, the... Continue Reading

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How Do You Define Extremism?

Extreme ideologies, the “isms” that appear as bloodstained blots on the narrative of human history, take on many shapes and colors. Background In recent years, “extremism” has become a buzzword for global media, tied to the shadowy threat of terrorism and its rapidly changing faces. But the causes and expressions of extremism are much more diverse and complex, reaching far beyond the... Continue Reading

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Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3)

Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling toprovide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city’s 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living in crowded shelters or... Continue Reading

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Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 2)

The state of California is "home" to around 22% of America's homeless population. The San Francisco Bay in northern California is known as a hub for the homeless. The culture of 1960s America still lingers in the Bay Area, welcoming vagabonds and permanent homeless alike. Seven thousand of San Francisco’s 830,000 inhabitants are homeless, around half of whom are unsheltered. While San... Continue Reading

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Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 1)

Despite the city government's efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling to provide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city's 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living in crowded shelters or roughing... Continue Reading

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Homelessness: No Shelter From the Storm

Homelessness continues to plague societies the world over, with legal frameworks needed to tackle it still largely lacking. Background Homelessness is a chronic problem in the vast majority of the world’s countries. The problem is a difficult one both in its tenacity and its invisibility: The homeless are difficult to track by nature, as they lack permanent dwellings. Even coming to a single... Continue Reading

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