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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: More Than A Comedian

On Sunday, April 21, 2019 Ukraine had its presidential election–one with surprising results. Former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won the presidency in a landslide victory, potentially, and surprisingly, giving hope for Ukrainians and for the rest of the world. Ukraine has had a long and difficult history of antisemitism, so the new election of a Jewish president (in a context where there was already an appointed Jewish Prime Minister) is good news for Jewish people everywhere.

Op-ed

Should People of Ages 16 and 17 Have The Right to Vote?

After the historic and monumental decision by the voters of England, Wales and Cornwall to exit the European Union and to take Scotland and the North of Ireland out with them, the question on everyone’s mind was who voted to leave, and more importantly, who even voted. Most polls conducted before the vote indicated a small majority for ‘Remain’ and most newspapers had taken the editorial decision to support the remain campaign. People saw this

International

Switzerland Has Bullets But No Bullet Wounds: How?

Looking at guns in the U.S., it is clear that things are not working out. With 61 mass shootings this year already, barely three months into 2019, firearms and the current legislation in place clearly are not keeping American citizens safe. The U.S. is the first ranked country in the world in firearms per capita. In other words, there’s a lot of guns in the Land of the Free because of the 2nd Amendment. However, other

International

The Nobel Literature Prize Sexual Assault Scandal, Explained

While it right now is the time of the year when the Nobel prize winners are announced, it seems to be quiet about one particular prize: the literature one. For the first time in almost 70 years, there won’t be any Nobel literature laureate; instead, two people will be awarded the prize in 2019 instead of one. It’s all due to a crisis within the academy that awards the prize, caused by a massive corruption and

International

A Look At Italy’s New Minister For Family

Italy, after months of crisis and changes of mind, finally managed to create a new government on June 1, when the new Prime Minister, together with the different Ministers making up the governing body, swore loyalty to the Constitution and the Republic. While there have been several elements about these elections that destabilized Italians, seeing the list of Ministers was perhaps the most shocking one. Lorenzo Fontana is the new Minister for Family and Disability. This man,

Feminism

Ireland is Finally Voting For Abortion Rights

This morning, 25th of May, ballots in Ireland finally opened, giving the country a chance to change its controversial abortion laws once and for all. The referendum will last for the whole day, until 10pm, and around 3.2 million people are registered to vote; 100.000 extra people have been added ahead of the vote. Ireland’s legislation on termination of pregnancies have been defined as some of the strictest in the developed world. These are ruled by the Eight Amendment, which has

International

The Mediterranean is a Vast, Silent Cemetery

March 2018 recorded the lowest number of refugees reaching the Italian coasts after crossing the Mediterranean Sea, due to accords which the nation initiated with Libya last year. And, while Italy takes a weight off its shoulders, an even heavier burden is put on the refugees, which are left in atrocious conditions and can see European solidarity as nothing but a distant memory. From 2011, irregular migratory fluxes became constant in Italy, with most boats docking in its

Europe/UK, International

Tensions Are Rising in Romania and No One’s Talking About It

This week, on Tuesday morning, a state of disturbance appeared in Romania due to the new public wage law and the fiscal changes brought about as a result of this. The law was introduced despite the promises made by the ruling coalition that it would only have positive effects for the working population, leading to complaints from employees about how the new measure negatively impacted their income, asking the politicians to resolve the matter and the

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

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