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International

The Surge of Terror in Pakistan

On the Feb. 16, the latest attack in a series took place in Sehwan, Sindh, at the shrine of Lal Shehbaz Qalandar, a Sufi saint. This happened on a Thursday, a day which holds great spiritual significance and is a busy day for most shrines. Over 75 people were killed, and a rough estimate of 150 were injured. A place of worship and spiritual cleansing for many was decimated and families were shattered beyond repair

LGBT+

Amsterdam: “The Most Accepting City in the World”

Amsterdam is capital of the Netherlands and the first country in the world to legalize same sex marriage. In 2016, the King of the Netherlands publicly visited the organization COC, which is an organization that fights for LGBTQ+ rights in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is known as one of the most, if not the most, accepting city in the world when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. However, as a teen partially living in Amsterdam, I

Race

Why You Should Be Careful With Using the Term “Dreads”

If you are a person of the black community who has experimented with different hairstyles, then you’ve probably also heard the term, “dreads” or “dreadlocks” to describe your hair. Somehow, the term ‘dreads’ was chosen to be the token description for any black hairstyle that involves multiple twists or braids.  Some have even made a fashion statement with this look, proudly exploiting the idea of dreadlocks for the sake of ‘fashion’, however, using this term can be

Politics

Thanks Obama: How Our President Changed My Life

When I was nine and found out that John McCain had selected a woman running mate, I came home and proudly told my mom that I was now a Republican. Her first response was “no, you’re not.” Her second response was that it was okay to make my own political decisions, but our family was active supporters of Barack Obama. I knew that; I owned a shirt that said “My Mama Loves Obama” and for

Feminism

The Dangers of the ‘Cool Girl’

When I say ‘Cool Girl’ what do you think of? Perhaps Gone Girl‘s Amy springs into mind with her monologue of the Cool Girl – ‘the girl who adores football, dirty jokes, poker, burping,’ and to cut it short, everything that combines with the social construct of masculinity. But Cool Girl has various different definitions and as Amy perfectly concluded, they all link to the man. Stereotypically, the Cool Girl appeals to men because she

International

Why You Need to Listen to Gallant

Some people might have heard the song “Weight in Gold” and probably think, “Wow, this really is my jam!” because of it heavy beat drop, smooth R&B tune, and it’s sing-on-the-top-of-your-lungs-worthy chorus, but people probably don’t notice other brilliant songs that are released by Gallant – and from now on, people should know (and perhaps, love!) Gallant for his amazing works in the music industry. I first discovered Gallant sometime around 2015 when I was

Mental Health

What It’s Like Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder or Emotional Dysregulation Disorder is a mental disorder seen in 1.6% of the population. To be “borderline” means to be “on the border of” neurosis and psychosis. Borderline can be comorbid with other disorders such as eating disorders, mood disorders and as well as other personality disorders. Some causes of developing this personality disorder are genetics, neurotransmitters, neurobiology and environmental factors such as trauma whether emotional, physical or sexual. Some of my

Real Life

Ways to Mend a Broken Heart

The pain that a teenager will go through caused by a broken heart is 100% inevitable. In our lives, we will experience an infinite number of crushes and one sided loves, in which the searing pain that we repeatedly go through is rather depressing. There isn’t an actual step by step method that many other articles claim to have. I have gone through so many one-sided loves for the past 17 years of my life

Politics

The Final Countdown

It’s only the beginning of January and things are looking pretty good for the new year. Except for the most harrowing countdown in American history. Two weeks from today, President-elect Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. All personal politics aside, no one can deny that this election hosted the two most disliked presidential candidates in American history. To paraphrase Trevor Noah, Trump came in 3rd. Hillary was the 2nd place candidate

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