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Venezuela: The Dark Art of Propping up A Politician

Russia’s Vladimir Putin unsurprisingly has been fueling the civil war that is about to unfold in Venezuela by propping up questionable President Nicolas Maduro. These acts are classic behaviorisms of Mr. Putin, and nevertheless paint a globalized picture to yet another plunge on a civil war in a place where there used to be an untouched value – which has now been replaced with interdependent greed. The art of propping up a politician: a concept

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A Double Blow for the Malaysian Sports Industry

The New Year may have been a great start for many countries especially in terms of political alliances, economical stability and a room for peace and prosperity. However, it seems like Malaysia’s pathway into the new year is still quite rocky and this is definitely not a good sign for the future of the country. It also raises the concern of many international organizations. Just recently, the Malaysian government led by the Prime Minister himself,

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Neocolonialism Still Haunts Africa– Let’s Talk About It

It has been nearly 42 years since 1977, the year the last African country, Djibouti, gained its independence from its European colonizer. Yet, within these 42 years, European colonialism upon the African Continent has not ceased; it has simply taken a new form. Kwame Nkrumah – the first president of an independent Ghana –  warned Africans of the potential regressive impact of unregulated forms of aid, trade and foreign direct investment. While modern practices of

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Brazil’s New President: A Premeditated Catastrophe

The fact that Jair Bolsonaro would make poor governmental decisions had never been news for anyone, but it certainly is impressive how much of damage he has caused in roughly a month of his presidency. It is hard to know where to start, and the sentiment of revolt amongst Brazilians is tangible on the corner of every street. It all started when he began to select the ministers of each area, choosing unfitting people left

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The Yemen Humanitarian Crisis Needs To Be Talked About

While we’re all enjoying 2019 with all our friends and families, people in Yemen are still struggling to survive against the war on their country. With its bombs and missiles, this war has brought immense fear to our lives. We live under constant threat, we are socially unstable, our chance of education is dead, and our country is politically insecure and economically broken. We are never free of anxiety. – Hadil Al-Senwi Hadil’s words are felt

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China Has Successfully Sprouted Cotton On The Moon

There is officially life on the moon. A cotton seed has sprouted just two weeks after China’s Chang’e-4 mission landed successfully on the moon. Inside the mini biosphere, there is now growth. Though there have been many instances of plant growth in space, this is the first to take place in such an extreme environment. Though previous plant growth took place inside of Earth’s orbit, none took place on any other surface than Earth. It is officially

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#SaveRahaf: Saudi Teen Granted Asylum in Canada

On Jan. 12, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an eighteen year old girl from Saudi Arabia, was granted asylum in Canada after a momentous Twitter campaign in her name. #SaveRahaf went viral earlier this week after Rahaf fled her family in Saudi Arabia and barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Thailand, where she no longer was safe due to demands from the Saudi Embassy in Thailand. There, Rahaf began tweeting about her experience, hoping to gain

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Why Japan is Obsessed with Blood Types

While Westerners nonchalantly identify themselves by their zodiac sign, those in Japan prefer to go by their blood types. Although seemingly odd and personal, broadcasting your blood type in job interviews, conversations and social media profiles is a common practice in Japan. Blood types are seen as an indicator of one’s character and values, and over the years, this theory has become more and more pervasive in Japanese culture. This concept began in the early

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The “Patriot Act” Incident: Censorship in a Repressive Regime

Yesterday morning, Netflix removed an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act from its Saudi Arabian website. The streaming service received a complaint from the kingdom claiming that the episode in question breached the country’s anti-cybercrime law. The episode removed, was the second in the first season and it directly criticized the Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (a.k.a MBS) and his government. In his 27 minutes of airtime, Minhaj explored topics ranging from Khashoggi’s death to America’s strategic relations

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