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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


Why The Yemen Famine Doesn’t Feel New

There would hardly be an intellectual on earth at this moment that would be unaware of what is happening in Yemen – and because of whom it is happening, for that matter. Famine, dying children, water-less land, lifeless streets, haunting quietness, and deafening airstrikes is all but a part of the routine since over a year now. Despite all of this, I’d dare to say that this is not something the world has never seen


Americans Still Haven’t Learned To Leave Foreign Tribes Alone

From the Crusades, to Britain’s colonization of India, to the Spanish Inquisition, and finally to the genocide and statistical extermination of Native Americans, the Western practice of conquering and forcing others to conform to its ideals has a long and sullied history. Missionary work in particular, which ultimately led to the recent death of a 26-year-old American on a hostile island, is a point of contention. It’s been speculated that evangelization had a hand in


The Power a Name Holds: A Look at the Sweep of Renaming in India

After India’s Independence Day on August 15 of this year, India’s cities and towns began to change. Not with any political or social movements, but with the names these cities once had. Bombay is now Mumbai, and Calcutta is Kolkata. This isn’t the first time India has renamed cities and towns. Historically, many countries have renamed cities so what India is doing isn’t that unusual. In the span of three years, India has seen multiple


Here’s How the Week Of Islamic Unity Could Be A Ray Of Hope In A Divided Pakistan

The Week of Islamic Unity, as its name suggests, is a period of six days from the 12th to the 17th of the third month of the Islamic calendar, celebrated by Muslims belonging to different sects and denominations in an effort to promote unity between themselves. The ritual of celebrating this week was introduced to the Muslim community by Syed Rohullah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Democratic system of Iran. Ever after its introduction, it


The Rohingya Genocide: Amnesty International Removes Top Honor from Aung San Suu Kyi

Amnesty International has recently removed its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscious award, from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi due to her neglect of the Rohingya and other minorities in Kachin and northern Shan states. In a letter formally addressed to her by the organization, the group states that she is no longer “a symbol of hope, courage and the undying defense of human rights.” Aung San Suu Kyi once stood as a symbol of


Why World Leaders Are Planning To #DitchTheDollar

The U.S. dollar is the world’s greatest reserve currency, with around 63% of global reserves held in it. It also enjoys a special position as the fiat currency – or a currency widely relied upon by businesspeople worldwide – and as the primary currency in which international bilateral trading is done, even when the U.S. is not a party in the said deal. All this has given the U.S. dollar, and hence the country it


Tensions Grow As the Central American Migrant Caravan Nears The US Border

Weeks ago, a migrant caravan began its journey to the United States border, containing Central Americans on the path to a better chance at life. Now, with the caravan slowly approaching, around 4,000 migrants remain, who are still desperately marching towards their chance at the “American Dream.” The group contains natives from El Salvador, Guatemala, and numerous other Central American countries that are staring in the face of poverty and violence. Thousands have come to


The Eccentricity and Beauty of Global Islands

Small, tropical, and awe-inspiring. Terms that fit the typical concept of an island. When I moved to the island of Guam in first grade, I was enthralled by the mesmerizing aura I had perceived. Other than the soaring buildings my father designed as a prominent architect in the island, I found time to enjoy nature and the serenity that the beaches brought. When I attended Stanford University for the Junior State of America program last


The #MeToo Movement Has Finally Made It To India and Here’s Why Its Important to Talk About It

Back in 2017, the #MeToo movement became a global phenomenon when American actress Alyssa Milano posted the hashtag on Twitter, originally coined by social activist Tarana Burke in 2006, encouraging anyone who has ever been sexually harassed to come forward and tweet under the tag. And within 24 hours, there were over 500,000 tweets under it. While the West, especially Hollywood, dealt with the controversy, giving birth to the #TimesUp movement after the Harvey Weinstein

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