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8 Teenagers About What It’s Like To Experience A Dictatorship

I still remember the flags of Ben Ali, the Tunisian dictator, that used to cover the Tunisian streets like it was yesterday. I was less than 10 years old and used to visit my country during the summer breaks. However, I still understood what went on in Tunisia and how Ben Ali, along with the police, oppressed the population. In January 2011, everything turned. A few days after I left Tunisia after having spent the


Nigel Farage Suggests Second Brexit Referendum

Nigel Farage, the ex-UKIP Leader and the most vocal and passionate “Brexiteer” pushing for Brexit, has recently suggested that the UK should perhaps have a second referendum on the issue. Maybe, just maybe, we should have a second referendum on EU membership. It would kill off the issue for a generation once and for all. https://t.co/FQxniMi5MA — Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 11, 2018 The 53-year-old politician made the claim soon after his presence on the


Turkish Intellectuals Are Suffering Under Erdogan’s Regime

Erdogan’s governmental crackdown expands itself every morning that Turkey wakes up to. He is demonizing every single intellectual that does not support him. Journalists, politicians, academics are getting arrested, more than 100.000 public officers lost their jobs and more than 50.000 people got arrested for being Fethullah Gulen supporters, who is a preacher, living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, supposedly to be the organiser of the failed 15th of July coup attempt. Lastly, Osman Kavala,


How to Fix America’s Broken Democracy

Americans hate politics, and for good reason. Evidence from a Princeton University study found that the U.S. operates more like an oligarchy than a democracy. Voter turnout has been abysmal for years since citizens feel as if the system is rigged against them every election. The latest example is electing President Donald Trump, even though he received 3 million less votes than his Democratic opponent. So, how do we fix it? Well, it’s complicated. When


Jakarta’s Governor Post-Election Vibes Are Problematic

On April 19, 2017 Indonesians experienced the most intense governor election consisting of two candidates, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and Anies Rasyid Baswedan. Ahok is a current governor for Jakarta and a Chinese-Christian (a mass minority in Indonesia) while Anies is a former Minister of Education for the country. However, that is not the reason why it is so intense. Ahok was accused of alleged blasphemy for criticizing Muslims that forced other Muslims not to vote for him by


Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Barred from Taking Office

After Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching’s fiasco during their oathtaking as legislators on October 12 where they gave their own versions of the oath, the court decision today disqualifies them from their lawmaker seats. Both did their swearing while covered in a blue flag with the words: Hong Kong is NOT China and with Youngspiration’s Yau and the youngest woman elected as lawmaker, pronouncing China with the derogatory term, “Chee-na.” Needless to say, the oaths of


Newsflash: Your Votes Don’t Count, and America is Not a Democracy

As Americans, we continuously take pride in having the ability to vote for our president. After all, we are a democracy… right? Given the definition, a democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. But what happens when those representatives are thrusted into power because of their last name and not because of their credentials? A scientific study from Cambridge University shows

Asia, Politics

Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement: The New Generation of Activists

Joshua Wong (19), Nathan Law Kwun-chung (23) and Alex Chow Yong-kang (25) are student leaders of the Demosistō Party, a centre-left pro-democracy political party in Hong Kong established in April of this year. The 3 were convicted and found guilty of unlawful assembly. Joshua was the main orchestrator, by effectively rallying and mobilizing the 2014 Umbrella Movement, a 79-day street occupation of 100,000 student activists stormed the east wing forecourt at government headquarters, Civic Square,


I Want to Tell the Whole World: Abducted Hong Kong Bookseller Speaks Out

Reporter: Can we still say no to (power politics) in the present situation? Lam Wing-kee: I can, why can’t you? This was the words that Lam Wing-kee, the last of the booksellers that have returned from the Mainland who is of Hong Kong citizenship, said in a detailed revelation following his disappearance. Five booksellers of Causeway Bay Books have mysteriously disappeared starting on October 2015—the books were being critical of China. Recently, Lam, the fourth

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