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Melat Eskender

Melat Eskender
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Domestic Violence: The Neglected Cause of Homelessness

“Candy,” a woman whose hair was slicked back into meticulous braids, gave off a guarded air. Her eyes were brown and hesitant, a behavior not innate, but learned. As office manager, Candy presides over Project Home, a local Philadelphia nonprofit which provides services to the homeless. A domestic violence survivor, Candy said she was physically abused at age six, raped at age 12, and had an abortion by age 16. The violence of her younger

International

Low Cost, 100% Renewable Energy is Possible

According to an unpublished study conducted by Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, all energy produced by the US and Canada can be powered by a 100% WWS (wind-water-solar) grid at a low cost without the addition of more hydropower turbines. In a tweet published on June 26, Jacobson presented the first page of his study, rebutting opponents to WWS power generation. All US+Canada energy, when electrified, can run

Politics

Male Athletes’ Attitudes Towards Women Linked to Them Committing a High Percentage of Sexual Assaults

According to an online 2016 study conducted by researchers at NC State, the University of South Florida, Northern Arizona University and Emory University, 54.3 percent of intercollegiate and recreational athletes had engaged in sexually coercive behaviors – almost all of which met the legal definition of rape. 37.9 percent of non-athletes had self-reported similar data. To gain a grasp of where these sexual preconceptions stemmed from, researchers posed these male undergraduates with questions on their

Politics

What Democrats Should Learn from Jon Ossoff

As logistically expected in an 18-person race, Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th district, did not manage to clinch the House seat by getting 50% of the vote. The results tallied up to 48.1% for Ossoff while his closest competitor, Karen Handel, a Republican, attained 19.8% of the vote. Both Ossoff and Handel will advance to a June 20 runoff in the special election for the U.S. House seat vacated by Tom Price, the

Feminism

A Brief History of Feminism and What It Means Today

Feminism has absolved itself within the identities of women throughout the United States and the globe. An abstract concept, feminism is a word open to an array of interpretations. The term’s interpretation can be determined by generational perspective, mainstream relevance, and scholastic analysis. According to Merriam-Webster, feminism is defined as the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, but this definition differs slightly from the definition provided by Urban Dictionary. Urban dictionary

Politics

Decrease in New York City Housing Funding Under Ben Carson

     Trump’s presidency has been a culmination of deleterious GOP measures, circus antics and Mar-a-lago escapades. The frenzy the media has been swept into has mass-produced articles of, primarily, the negative end of the spectrum. It has become commonplace to witness liberal and conservative pundits alike cry of the end of times. This maelstrom has inhibited the American public from peeling back the facade of petty impropriety and combating the nefarious actions the Trump

Politics

Milo Yiannopoulos is a Child Rape Advocate

As described in my previous article, Bill Maher hosts Bigoted Troll Milo Yiannopoulos, Yiannopoulos is an Alt-lite troll who is known for his targeted harassment of Leslie Jones and his success in crossing over white nationalist dialogue into the mainstream. Yiannopoulos is now involved in a widespread controversy after a video resurfaced in which Yiannopoulos flippantly comments on child rape. Where Milo, friend of @realDonaldTrump & keynote for CPAC, repeatedly advocates the benefits of adult

Politics

Bill Maher hosts Bigoted Troll Milo Yiannopoulos

Last night, Bill Maher interacted in a panel discussion with the hipster Nazi Milo Yiannopoulos. Similar to Richard Spencer, neo-Nazi and founder of of the white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute, Yiannopoulos propagates his bigoted agenda by appealing to the mainstream. He attempts to normalize his bigoted takes and perpetuates an alt-lite facade, distancing his white nationalism from that of the Alt-Right movement. Yiannopoulos is openly gay and wields his sexuality as a

Politics

Mississippi Republicans Advocate the Use of Firing Squads and Gas Chambers

In efforts to widen their horizons in terms of methods of murder, Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squads, electrocution and gas chambers as legal execution methods. House Bill 638 was a bill drafted to combat the multitudinous lawsuits in which lethal injections, Mississippi’s only execution method, were claimed to be in violation of constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment. According to House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, a Republican,

Politics

#DeleteUber and Corporate Accountability

The hashtag #DeleteUber has trended amongst the Twitterverse and in doing so has translated into boycott-oriented action on an impressive scale. Thousands have deleted the transportation app Uber and have shared screenshot of their acts of protest on their timelines. This controversy came to fruition on Saturday night in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s 120-day Refugee Ban and 90-day travelers ban. These bans encompass seven majority Muslim countries (but not all majority Muslim countries within

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