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Sofia Scarlat

Sofia Scarlat
Race

Murder Of A 13-Year-Old Roma Girl Outrages… No One?

A Roma community living near the town of Amfissa, Greece has been calling for justice following the hit-and-run murder of a 13-year-old girl. However, despite their cries for help, no one seems to be paying attention, and no international media coverage has surfaced on the hate crime. According to a Greek newspaper, the incident occurred sometime after 8 P.M. when a 34-year-old local butcher drove to the Roma camp and fired his shotgun from inside the car. According

Real Life

Are Pre-College Summer Programs Worth It? Lets Weigh The Pros And Cons

Like any high school student participating in the Hunger Games series that is the college admissions process, I’ve stumbled upon pre-college summer programs, hoping to add something eye-catching, or at least mildly interesting, to my application. However, the more I read about them, the more undecided I became. Are they really worth it, all cons considered? Do they actually make a difference on your application? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions (and a lot

International

Colombia’s Second Police Station Bombing in Two Days Kills Five

A police station in Northern Colombia was bombed on Sunday, leaving at least five officers dead and dozens more injured, BBC reports. The bomb was planted outside the station in Soledad, a suburb of Barranquilla, in the morning, while officers gathered inside to receive their morning assignments. Five officers have been killed and more than 40 others faced minor injuries, while several others remain in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Barranquilla Mayor Alejandro Char and metropolitan

Politics

Women Journalists Covering Mike Pence’s Israel Trip Were Forced to Stand Behind Male Colleagues

Women journalists covering VP Mike Pence’s trip to Israel found themselves in two unpleasant situations throughout the trip: first when searched by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security detail, and second when they were forced to stand behind their male colleagues at the Western Wall on Tuesday. At Pence’s news conference with Netanyahu, female journalists were subjected to a very unnecessarily invasive security check by the Prime Minister’s security detail. A reporter from Finland’s state television was asked

Feminism

Somaliland Passes First Bill to Criminalize Rape

Somaliland, a self-declared state regarded as an autonomous region of Somalia by the international community, has introduced its first-ever bill to criminalize gender-based violence. The bill, which was passed on Saturday and is now on its way to the upper house of Parliament, criminalizes rape, sexual assault, trafficking, child marriage and other gender-based acts of violence. Individuals convicted of these crimes would serve time in prison. Nafisa Yusuf, the executive director of the Nagaad Network, a women’s

LGBT+

India’s Only Openly Gay Prince is Opening His Home to LGBT People In Need

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the only openly gay Indian royal, is opening his 15-acre palace grounds to LGBT people and their allies, reports the International Business Times. He is defying his parents, who publicly disowned him after coming out in 2006, by launching another charity to help LGBT members in need. The centre will be run in conjunction with the Lakshya Trust, the charity that Singh founded shortly after coming out over a decade ago. The

Europe/UK

Three Bulgarian Counties Want to Be Annexed to Romania

Three counties belonging to northwestern Bulgaria want to organize a local referendum in order to gain independence from the country, Bulgarian TV station NOVA reports. The organizer of the referendum, Boris Kamenov, declared that after independence is obtained, the counties hope to be annexed to Romania. According to NOVA, locals of the Vidin, Vratsa and Montana counties want to rid the region of the high levels of corruption in Bulgaria. “The locals of the northwest

Europe/UK

The Number of Students in Hungary’s Universities Hits 20 Year Low

The number of students enrolled in Hungary’s higher education institutions has hit a 20 year low, portfolio.hu reports. The economic news portal analyzed data collected by the Central Statistical Office, which shows that the number of students in higher education decreases by a few thousand every year. Today, 283,350 students attend higher education, which is almost 4,000 less than last year and over 100,000 less than the mid 2000’s. This number includes everyone enrolled, from higher

Politics

French President Emmanuel Macron Proposes Law Against Fake News

Today, in an annual speech to the press, French President Emmanuel Macron stated he is going to propose strict laws against fake news during elections this year. “When fake news are spread, it will be possible to go to a judge and if appropriate, have content taken down, user accounts deleted and ultimately websites blocked,” Macron said. Macron goes on to say that strong legislation for social media platforms is necessary “in order to protect

Europe/UK

Let’s Stop Beating Around the Bush: Romania’s Anti-Corruption System Is Dying

Corruption and Romania are two words that you’ll often hear in the same sentence. I know. I’ve grown up here and the only thing I’m certain about when it comes to this country is the fact that wherever you go, wherever you look, corruption will be lurking around the corner. But for a while, that’s all it was. Corruption was lurking, hiding in the shadows like in every second-world, post communist-era country—or any country, for

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