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Amanda Fickett is an attorney and playwright living in Maine. When she is not out campaigning for social justice, Amanda can usually be found in her garden or paddling her kayak on the lake.

Articles by Amanda Fickett

10 hour battle rages in Britain’s Parliament as David Cameron makes the case for supporting airstrikes in Syria.

Update:  Since this article was published, the British Parliament voted to authorize the use military force against ISIS in Syria. The vote was 397 to 223.   [DIGEST: Reuters; The Telegraph; BBC] British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Parliament to back U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, saying “[t]he question is this — do we work … Continued


Martians Might Be Closer than We Imagined.

[Digest: BGR; theguardian; Observer/Innovation] The desire to reach beyond the bounds of our known world is inextricably wound up with the human condition, and movies like the recently-released The Martian feed directly into those desires. Based on a bestselling book by Andy Weir, director Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon, has become an instant … Continued


CNN/Facebook Democratic Presidential Debate

If you missed the first Democratic Presidential Debate, here are the evening’s highlights: CNN opened the debate with a video message from President Barack Obama in which the President urged Democrats to come together and get out to vote; he also listed some of his administration’s greatest accomplishments, as a few images of Vice President … Continued


John Kasich: Running on Principle

Ohio Governor John Kasich has made a name for himself as the GOP’s most socially liberal candidate. For instance, while Kasich has made it known that he supports what the right refers to as “traditional marriage,” he has been quoted as saying that he supports civil unions for same sex couples. And in a recent interview with … Continued


Carly Fiorina: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Running for President.

Just a little over a month ago, Carly Fiorina was polling so poorly that she didn’t make the cut to appear at Fox News’ mainstage Republican Presidential debate; instead, Fiorina appeared at Fox’s ‘kid’s table’ event alongside several second-string Presidential hopefuls, including Lindsey Graham and George Pataki. Today, Fiorina is on fire. She emerged as the … Continued


Who Hearts Huckabee?

SECOND NEXUS PERSPECTIVE Yes, he may be little more than an ultra-conservative ideologue. Yes, he may only be running to maintain enough political relevance to get paid. And yes, he did stand next to the new darling of the conservative fringe, Kim Davis, clasping her hand as if in a religious revival as they blared … Continued


Transforming Trans-phobia: America’s Military Evolves

SECOND NEXUS PERSPECTIVES During the GOP debate/dogmatic jubilee earlier this month, Mike Huckabee (a.k.a. the other hate-mongering Presidential hopeful–not to be confused with the infamous Trump) seized an opportunity to pontificate about the military’s purpose; he did so, however, at the expense of transgender service members. According to Huckabee: “The purpose of the military is … Continued


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