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What the Taj Mahal Really Represents

A controversial politician from one of India’s major political parties has called the iconic Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors”. Sangeet Som, from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made his remarks after it emerged that the landmark had been excluded from a state tourism booklet — the Gorakhnath Math temple taking its place. He also stoked religious tensions further by referring to only Hindu rulers such as Maharana Pratap and

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

International

Hundreds in Jail at Russia’s Biggest Protest Since 2012

Anti-government demonstrations took place in Moscow and other major Russian cities on Sunday in protest against official corruption within the government under the leadership of Vladimir Putin. Police reportedly detained more than 700 protesters in Moscow alone, including the leader of the opposition: Alexei Navalny; who was held overnight and pending arraignment. As of right now, there is no estimate of the exact turnout, but this is suspected to be the largest anti-government protest since

Europe/UK

The Populist Lego Effect – How the Far Right Could Take Over Europe

2016 ignited a worldwide Lego effect that began with the UK’s Brexit referendum.  In an unexpected turn of events, a slight majority of UK citizens voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd. This was considered to be a great victory for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which is the United Kingdom’s leading far-right, populist party. The rise of far right populism, or as others see it, the downfall of western civilization, has frightened

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