Iranians hope to fill vacuum as US lowers its Mideast profile

By Roy Gutman McClatchy

Washington Bureau (TNS)

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief by world powers was welcomed at every level of society here, but nowhere more warmly than in the foreign policy community, which foresees a big boost for the Islamic Republic’s regional role, especially as the U.S. lowers its profile.

There is even gloating about what many expect to be the major spinoff from the accord – a U.S. loss of interest in the Middle East and its many conflicts, opening the way for Iran to play a leading role in the region.

“The nuclear deal is a turning point,” said Kayhan Barzegar, chairman of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran. “The main change is in the regional context, and Iran’s place in it. To be honest, I think Iran has an upper hand on the regional issues.” He referred to President Barack Obama’s statements that the U.S. will not take the lead role in crises such as Syria’s devastating civil war and will seek regional solutions to regional problems.

“Having no policy is a good policy – good for Iran, no doubt,” Barzegar said.

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What’s Good VMA’s?

By Jessica Esquibel

Editor in Chief

This last Sunday, the infamous 2015 VMA’s were held. The show is broadcasted on MTV every year and is20929933596_2495bcafc2_o famous for a lot of different reasons. Big awards are given out such as Video of the Year, Best Male/Female Video, and Best Rock Video. Miley Cyrus hosted this year with no fear whatsoever. She was really open with her words, as was Nicki Minaj. The confrontation they shared on stage was one people will not forget. Besides all of the drama, there were other things to be happy about. For example, all of the mind blowing performances. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their newest single, Downtown, literally in Downtown L.A.. Twenty One Pilots collaborated with ASAP Rocky and did a mashup that blew everyone’s minds. Miley Cyrus closed the show her brand new song Dooo it!, not to mention she had a bunch drag queens to help her out, dancing along to the simple, yet catchy beat.

One thing that stood out from the whole night was Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Vanguard award. The last thing he said before leaving the stage was that he was going to run for president in the year 2020. By that time a lot of us students will be able to vote, so this does affect us in a big way. That’s why The Courier asked students their opinions on the whole situation.

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Kentucky clerk continues to deny marriage licenses, defying court order

The Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Wikipedia photo

The Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky. Wikipedia photo

By John Cheves
Lexington Herald-Leader (TNS)

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told two couples who asked for marriage licenses early Tuesday that she would not issue them, despite a federal court injunction ordering her to do so.
In a brief but tense encounter between Davis and a couple dozen marriage equality demonstrators, the clerk repeatedly said she was not issuing licenses.

“Under whose authority?” someone in the crowd asked Davis.

“God’s authority,” she responded.

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Chinese WWII pilot: From war hero, to outcast, to hero again

An undated portrait of pilot Long Qiming's early family sits in the apartment of Long Wenjun, his eldest son, in Chongqing, China, on Aug. 13, 2015. Qiming helped defend China, his adopted homeland, endure World War II by flying cargo planes over the Himalayas to resupply the Chinese resistance to Japan. Pictured in this portait are Long Qiming, right, his wife, Peng Tianming, and Long Wenjun. (Yue Wu/McClatchy/TNS)

An undated portrait of pilot Long Qiming’s early family sits in the apartment of Long Wenjun, his eldest son, in Chongqing, China, on Aug. 13, 2015. Qiming helped defend China, his adopted homeland, endure World War II by flying cargo planes over the Himalayas to resupply the Chinese resistance to Japan. Pictured in this portait are Long Qiming, right, his wife, Peng Tianming, and Long Wenjun. (Yue Wu/McClatchy/TNS)

By Stuart Leavenworth
McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

CHONGQING, China – By all accounts, Long Qiming was a Chinese hero during World War II. He piloted cargo planes over the Himalayas, helping to resupply China after Japan’s military had cut off land routes into the country’s interior.

Yet after WWII and the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Long paid a harsh price for his decision to stay in his adopted homeland, mainland China. Long was born in Hong Kong, so he held a British passport. He also had flown planes for the 14th Air Force Chinese-American Composite Wing, an arm of China’s nationalist government.
When Mao Zedong and his Communist Party seized power in China, both of these connections _ Long’s British passport and his collaboration with U.S. and nationalist forces _ came into question. At the start of China’s Cultural Revolution, the government stopped treating him like a war hero. Instead, according to his son, Long Wenjun, “they thought he was a spy.”

In a recent interview at his Chongqing apartment, Long Wenjun recounted the ups and downs of his father’s roller coaster life. From an early age, his father was a refugee, then a war hero, then an outcast and finally a hero again.
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Moment of Silence for Drowned Alumnus

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McWay Falls at Big Sur. Wikipedia image

 

Courier Staff Report

Nearly 4,000 James Logan High School went quiet Monday during second period announcements, when Principal Abhi Brar invoked a moment of silence in memory of Medina Faraz, a 2013 Logan graduate, who died after falling off a cliff in Big Sur on Friday.

According to various reports, Faraz, 20, was walking along  the edge of a precipice above the ocean at McWay Falls, near Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in the Big Sur area of California’s central coast, when she fell and plunged into the water below.  After Monterey County Search and Rescue and California State Parks recovered the body,  officials made a preliminary finding that she drowned.

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Thousands head back to school

Courier Staff Report

About 3700 students showed up for the first day of the 2015-16 school year Wednesday.  School officials say the process went fairly smoothly.

New Principal Abhi Brar told The Courier Thursday that the roll-out of the new school year went well, except for a few problems with classrooms and identification cards.

Brar said that the opening of the school was smoothed by the work of about 25 parent volunteers, who helped hand out schedules in Colt Court and Memorial Square.  As a result, the line of students needing their schedules was largely eliminated by the 8:20 a.m. start of first period.  In previous years, hundreds of students waited for their schedules well into the school day.  Brar said helpers from the Educational Services Center, also known as the district office, also helped pare down the line.

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V.P. Brar Promoted to Principal

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New James Logan Principal Abhi Brar photo: Jameslogan.org

Courier Staff Report

Vice Principal Abhi Brar will replace Amy McNamara as James Logan’s principal next year, assuming that the school board ratifies his selection.

Associate Superintendent Derek McNamara made the announce at a hastily arranged meeting in the Staff Lounge at 8 a.m.  The meeting was attended by teachers and other staff summoned to the voluntary meeting.  About 30 attended.

Flanked by current Principal Amy McNamara, who is leaving to take a management position in Acalanes Union High School District, Co-Superintendent Arlando Smith and Derek McNamara,  Brar said “I could not be happier” in brief comments after the announcement,  “I belong here.” (more…)

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Farewell, Seniors

By Yoselin Ontiveros, Courier Staff Writer

Photo by Yoselin Ontiveros

 

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The James Logan High School 2014-15 Senior Class

 

As we reach the end of the year everyone becomes unsettled just waiting for summer to get here and finally catch up on some sleep. For the freshman, sophomores, and juniors a nice summer break waits for them, but for the seniors the real world is a few days away. This year seemed to have hit the seniors hard with many unexpected changes and just plain drama coming from practically anywhere. But as we reach the end of the year it is time to let got of all that because what seemed to be the biggest thing in the world yesterday will mean nothing tomorrow. Now it is the time to remember the good times.

Look back to freshman year standing there in Colt Court waiting in line to get your schedule, wearing the best outfit you were able to come up with. You meet up with your friends and begin to compare schedules, and got a little disappointed you did not have any class together like in middle school. Once the bell rang you began to feel jitters going all over your body, you said bye to your friends and head to your first period. Your first class in high school. As you went on through day maybe you got lost here and there but you realized high school was not that bad. At the same time you felt like you were going to be in high school forever. Now as a seniors going through your last classes of high school you wonder how did time go by so fast. Looking through the year book, all those pages are filled with life long memorizes. From now on high school will only be acrazy wonderful memory.

We did it. Remember to thank everyone who helped you get here. Your friends that stood by you through thick and thin. The teachers that helped you pass a class, or the teachers that were just plain cool and made school fun. The CST that kept you in class and not wandering the halls. Your councillors that stressed out every year trying to get you the classes you wanted and made sure you graduated. The cafeteria ladies for always being there to give us food. Our family who were also there to support us and make sure we were doing good in school all these years.

The end is here and graduation is a week away. When we hear our name and slowlymake our way up to the stage that will officially mark the end. The end of a part of ourlives but the beginning of a whole new world. With this I say goodbye to my felloweverlasting seniors.

Stay Golden.

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My Most Excellent Year, Many More to Come

By Amber McGee

Courier Staff Columnist

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As the last day of school draws near now is the time for reflection. When thinking back to this year, whether it be your freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, consider the positives and negatives. After overlooking all the major events, and even a few of the smaller ones, consider where this year would rank on a scale from the worst ever to the best ever. Ask yourself if there was anything you would change or anything you wouldn’t change for the world.

Ask yourself, was this My Most Excellent Year?

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On the Runway for President

By Sarah Bellal

Courier Fashion Columnist

(Note: This is a work of Satire)

With the 2016 United States presidential election right around the corner, the candidates are hot topics among both the young and old. Presidential fashion is an especially popular conversation starter.  Here’s how to dress like your favorite potential, past, and confirmed presidential candidates while remaining on-trend.

 

  1. Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary_Rodham_ClintonHillary is so famous for the pantsuit it’s not even funny. Seriously. I’m writing this with a straight face. Switch out the career pants for a fitted trouser and the shoulder pads for a boyfriend blazer for a modern take on Hillary’s signature style.

slacks http://www.hm.com/us/product/02192?article=02192-R

blazer http://www.hm.com/us/product/93244?article=93244-A

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