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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

Press Freedom is Going Downhill

On April 24, Reporters Without Borders published the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, an annual ranking that the NGO releases of different country’s relationships with media outlets. While this index is incredibly interesting, reading through it gets more and more sour as the years pass due to the amount of countries that fall under harsh censorship and abuse of journalists. The main issue with this year’s report, according to RSF’s analysis, is that leaders in many democratic countries

Politics

An Inside Look At Dark Tourism

Memorial sites play a crucial role in the remembrance of human rights violations, for both those involved in the tragedy, and for those learning about the events that took place. Yet the survivors of human rights violations are often exploited for monetary or political gain. On the 20th and 21st of April, 1994, the killing spree at Murambi, Rwanda was responsible for the deaths of over 50,000 Tutsi. Now, Murambi is one of six national

Politics

Congress Is Considering a Bill That Attacks the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities

Congress is considering the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, a disastrous bill that reforms the decades-old Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This bill attacks the civil rights of people with disabilities and should under no circumstances be signed into law. Passed in 1990, the ADA is a federal law that, according to the ADA National Network, “prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and

International

Uncontacted Tribe Massacred in Brazil

Brazilian authorities are investigating an alleged massacre of indigenous residents of the Javari Valley. Very little has been confirmed at this point. It appears that several members of the tribe were collecting food when they encountered a group of miners. These prospectors had been hired to illegally dredge the valley’s rivers for gold. It is thought that ten or more people (some estimates go up to twenty) were killed. If this is confirmed, then a

Rohingya Refugees Walk the Bangladesh-Myanmar border
International

73,000+ Rohingya Muslims Flee Myanmar Due to Ethnic Cleansing

The Rohingya are an ethnoreligious minority of about 1.1 million living in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (also known as Burma). Although Myanmar recognizes over 130 official ethnic groups, the Rohingya are not one of them. This has rendered them stateless for decades. Statelessness has been a huge problem in recent years; most people have undoubtedly heard the term in reference to the Syrian refugee crisis. Stateless peoples are not considered citizens by any

Politics

Pedophiles Are Claiming That They Deserve Rights

Trigger Warning: Pedophilia, LGBTQ+ misrepresentation, rape, child molestation Pedophiles are people who are sexually attracted to children. In many instances, the act of attraction isn’t illegal, but any action that comes about as a consequence of that is not only highly illegal but incredibly scarring to the children involved. Taking advantage of children in this way is — and this shouldn’t need to be stated — wrong and grotesque. It’s a terrible abuse of human rights. Among many other things, actions

International

Two Escaped Boko Haram Victims Become U.S. High School Graduates

Two of the 57 girls who managed to escape from the clutches of Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014, have recently received their high school diplomas. Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu were abducted alongside over 250 of their classmates from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria three years ago. The girls were sleeping when they were invaded by gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The Boko Haram terrorists then proceeded to burn down the school and

LGBT+

Two Men in Indonesia Caned 83 Times For Having Gay Sex

Two men in Indonesia were caned 83 times on Tuesday for having gay sex. This is surprisingly new for Aceh, Indonesia’s most conservative province, that, unlike the rest of Indonesia, follows strict Islamic laws. These laws condemn same-sex relations and deem it illegal. Despite the harshness of these laws, it is rare for men to be caned for same-sex relations in Aceh. Unfortunately for these two men, they were arrested by vigilantes in March. Their neighbours

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