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International

What Praljak’s Death Means for Those Still Waiting for Justice

Slobodan Praljak, a convicted Bosnian Croat war criminal died after drinking poison as he was declared guilty in the International Criminal Tribunal. Praljak was the commander of the Bosnian Croat Defence Forces and failed to prevent murders, attacks on members of international organisations, and the destruction of the Ottoman Old Bridge as well as numerous mosques. When he discovered that his forces were rounding up and systematically executing Muslims in 1993, he did not make any

Op-ed

What Women Should Know Before Travelling in the Middle East

Travelling as a Western woman in the Middle East can be a daunting prospect. Terrorism, political instability, and restrictive anti-feminist laws make it seem like the one region tourists and travellers should stay away from. But how much of that is true? Due to media coverage, there is a somewhat hysterical perception of the Middle East as being a homogenous area where terrorism exists on top of other social issues. While terrorism and war is

Feminism

Here Are 5 Misogynistic Organizations That (Unbelievably) Still Exist

You might think of misogynistic factions as being part of dystopian novels like The Handmaid’s Tale, or even as being relics of the past. However, these types of organizations are not only very real, but they are thriving. These groups perpetuate a reproductivity-driven culture in regards to women, seeing them as either vesicles of sin or simply as child-bearers. Here are a few examples of such associations: Nxivm (pronounced Nex-e-um) This is a Canada-based group

International

What the Taj Mahal Really Represents

A controversial politician from one of India’s major political parties has called the iconic Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors”. Sangeet Som, from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made his remarks after it emerged that the landmark had been excluded from a state tourism booklet — the Gorakhnath Math temple taking its place. He also stoked religious tensions further by referring to only Hindu rulers such as Maharana Pratap and

Politics

Bloody Money: How Gun Violence Makes the NRA and Gun Companies Rich

October 2, 2017: the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that claimed the lives of over 50 people and injured more than 500. America is not unused to gun violence, with incidents including the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 claiming the lives of 49 people, and the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, as well as six adults. These tragedies lead to a

Op-ed

The Problem With the Term ‘People of Color’

‘People of Color,’ or PoC, is a term that has become somewhat of a buzzword of late, appearing in many publications, from the Huffington Post to Politico. Racism nowadays is typically characterized in physical terms, as we forget that language contains micro-aggressions that we must be careful of. Though users of the title may utilize it to spread a positive message, the term ‘people of color’ itself is somewhat misleading. “People of Color’ suggests that

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