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Is Modi’s “Hindutva” the Indian Counterpart of Nazism?

Riding the high tides of anti-incumbency against two terms of UPA’s governance and cultivating a sense of hope in the masses through lofty rhetoric, Narendra Damodardas Modi propelled the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power in 2014. Modi ran a pretty neat campaign — he inspired hope in the hearts of millions across the country with the promise of achhe din (translation: good days), took a hard stance against the rampant corruption in the government and

Op-ed

Nabra Hassanen’s Killer Admitting to Her Murder is Only a Small Victory

On Nov. 28, the man who killed 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen on June 18, 2017 pleaded guilty to raping and murdering her on her way back to her community mosque from breakfast early that morning. The man, Darwin Martinez Torres, admitted to all eight counts in a plea deal that will help him avoid the possibility of the death penalty,  BBC said. However, the plea deal will impose a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Op-ed

Charities You Can Support This Holiday Season Instead Of The Salvation Army

When you hear those silver bells ringing, walk the other way.  As Christmas draws nearer with each December day, it is necessary to remember the things most important in life. Not the soft snow, or twinkling lights, or the craze of last minute shopping in crowded, over-decorated malls, but goodwill, love and the holiday spirit of cheer and human connection. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the New Year, the following days are

Real Life

Why I Don’t Want Anything for Christmas This Year

With the food-filled daze of Thanksgiving finally clearing away and the first snowfalls of winter, people are embarking on the Christmas season this year with fervor. This is one of the most exciting — if stressful — parts of the year, with visions of carols, evergreens, twinkle lights, and presents. Malls are teeming with friends and family shopping for their loved ones, and Amazon will be swamped for the next few weeks. My circle of

Op-ed

The Harmfulness of Pork: A Secular-Based Statement

According to the research carried out by the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project for the Vital Signs Online, the world’s production of meat has tripled over the last four decades, increasing 20 per cent in just the last 10 years out of which Pork is the widely consumed meat in the world followed by poultry, beef and mutton. Hernando de Soto is called “The father of the American pork industry,” going back to the

Politics

Legislators Have Less Than A Week To Renew the Violence Against Women Act – Here’s What This Means

In September, Congress voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) until Dec. 7 as part of a general spending bill, which left many domestic violence advocates concerned about the future of the act. VAWA was first proposed by former vice president Joe Biden in 1990, and the idea gained traction in the wake of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas hearings until it was successfully passed in 1994. It has been hailed as

Real Life

Dominique Crenn: The First Female Three Michelin Star Chef In The United States

Chef Dominique Crenn is making headlines globally after being introduced by the Michelin Guide as the first female chef in America to earn three Michelin stars, the highest honor a chef can acquire. The French culinary expert’s restaurant, Atelier Crenn, received the news of their accomplishment the last week of November, after much acclaim over the establishment’s refined yet modern menu. Based in San Francisco, Atelier Crenn offers an experience with every plate, where, “each

Environment

How Fifteen-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Inspired A Global Movement Where Students Skip School To Protest Climate Change

Every Friday, fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg skips school to sit outside the Swedish parliament in order to raise awareness about climate change. She will do so until Sweden is in line with the Paris Agreement. In light of the UN’s large climate conference that starts today, her actions have inspired a global movement called Fridays for future where young people strike for the sake of the environment. Greta’s activism went viral this fall when she decided

Op-ed

Is the Death of a President More Important Than the Death of Millions?

December 1 is World AIDS Day. It is meant to honor the millions of lives lost to the AIDS virus and to encourage people to help those who are living with it today. It was also the day after former President George H. W. Bush passed away. News outlets dedicated the day to honoring the memory of the former President instead of focusing on the epidemic that has been plaguing Americans for decades. The epidemic

Europe/UK

France Fuel Protests: ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Clash with Police in Paris

The streets of Paris escalated into a war zone as “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vest) protesters battled with the French riot police on December 1, in the third weekend of nationwide unrest. French authorities fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to disperse the crowds while masked protesters hurled projectiles, damaging retail stores with metal bars and setting buildings on fire. Some going as far as to deface the Arc de Triomphe with “the yellow

Real Life

The Two Kinds of Firefighters Battling California’s Fires You Should Know About

California is on fire. The state has been ravaged by wildfires and the death toll has risen while people’s homes were lost. Thousands of people have left their neighborhoods, yet some people choose to stay. Some people choose to look for those who are missing in the rubble, choose to stop the fires overtaking homes. These people are firefighters. One group of firefighters at work in California are inmates. About 1,500 prisoners joined the California Department of

Feminism

Here Is Victoria’s Secret

The famous Victoria Secret Fashion Show last Thursday exhibited a multitude of models and lingerie, but what really stole the show was a published interview Vogue submitted on the same day. Chief marketing officer of L. Brands Ed Razek and executive vice president of public relations at Victoria Secret Monica Mitro discussed diversity. Mitro discussed the diversity at first of Victoria’s Secret, with models using their natural hair and being encouraged to speak for themselves. Razek

Politics

Agricultural Child Labor Is Legal In The U.S. & Countless Children Are Suffering Because Of It

Every year, thousands of children and teenagers gather along rows of tobacco to pick the leaves for cigarette companies. In front of them are long and physically heavy workdays in extreme heat, with neither adequate breaks or proper shade. Together, they are part of a larger group of agricultural child workers who remain invisible and unprotected by the state. Since child labor still isn’t something of the past in the U.S., these children have to

Real Life

Dear Teachers, Stop Trying to Make Me An Extrovert

Throughout my elementary and middle school years, the scrutiny on my shyness hung over my head like a storm anvil. My report cards were flawless but for that one comment that told me to ‘speak up,’ and my parents heard the same suggestion at every conference that it became a mantra we’d laugh about at the dinner table. In my mind, they were whispers that trailed behind me like accusing shadows. I’d always hoped that

Politics

Legislators Have Less Than A Week To Renew the Violence Against Women Act – Here’s What This Means

In September, Congress voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) until Dec. 7 as part of a general spending bill, which left many domestic violence advocates concerned about the future of the act. VAWA was first proposed by former vice president Joe Biden in 1990, and the idea gained traction in the wake of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas hearings until it was successfully passed in 1994. It has been hailed as

LGBT+

Matthew Shepard’s Death Still Matters

He was found on October 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming by a bicyclist. He was tied to a buck-rail fence and the cyclist mistook him as a scarecrow. Matthew was kidnapped, robbed, beaten and left to die. He was found 18 hours after the attack and was in the hospital, comatose. Two men were found and convicted of the crime, a crime committed because he was gay. Matthew’s parents instantly became involved in the gay community,

Real Life

How I Improved My SAT Score

Taking tests was always a struggle for me. I did well in school, but I always found myself running out of time when it came to testing. This was a big concern for me as I started to prepare for the SAT. I decided that I wasn’t going to study for the test and just see how I would perform.         When I got my first score back, I was disappointed. It was a decent

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Here Is Victoria’s Secret

The famous Victoria Secret Fashion Show last Thursday exhibited a multitude of models and lingerie, but what really stole the show was a published interview Vogue submitted on the same day. Chief marketing officer of L. Brands Ed Razek...

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