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International

Post-Bolsonaro Brazil and How It Is Not Working Out

Brazil’s election had a rough but expected outcome, Jair Bolsonaro was elected for president. He hasn’t begun his presidential term yet, but even from behind the political scene of Brazil he has already managed to cause trouble. His campaigns, now and before the elections always circled around corruption, about how he and his family are “decent and honest” people and that he was unlike any other politician in the Brazilian scenery. That speech conquered a great

Politics

Justice Department Bans Bump Stocks

On Tuesday, the Trump administration issued a new federal regulation that officially bans bump stocks. The firearm attachments enable semi-automatic rifles, which are legal in the U.S., to fire like machine guns, which are illegal. They are most notable for being used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, which was the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S., in which a gunman used them to kill 58 people and wound hundreds of others in a span

Environment

How Fifteen-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Inspired A Global Movement Where Students Skip School To Protest Climate Change

Every Friday, fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg skips school to sit outside the Swedish parliament in order to raise awareness about climate change. She will do so until Sweden is in line with the Paris Agreement. In light of the UN’s large climate conference that starts today, her actions have inspired a global movement called Fridays for future where young people strike for the sake of the environment. Greta’s activism went viral this fall when she decided

Op-ed

Can People With Opposing Political Views Be Friends?

The recent midterm elections had a record-breaking voter turnout and sparked many heated discussions among communities around the country. At times when people are so passionate about politics, it is common for people to make generalizing assumptions about those with political ideologies that are different from them. We start to view them through a lens, and we are closed off to them. But let’s say you meet someone who is kind, shares similar interests with

Politics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Her Avante-Garde Political Transparency

“I am the people I work for,” tweeted Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, garnering over 16,000 retweets and more than 109,000 likes. My dad died when I was 18, my mom scrubbed toilets + drove drove schoolbuses, I bartended to help her, and still won a Congressional primary at 28. I’ll take my family over a fat bank account any day, and my experience makes me a better legislator. I am the people I work for. https://t.co/NMWGeUIwNS

Real Life

Interview: Matt Hollis, Dedicated to Saving the Environment Through Company, Elytus

With brands like Starbucks taking initiative to decrease plastic use, many companies are finally making the transition to more environmentally friendly models; however, change can happen even in our own homes. Elytus is a company dedicated to helping brands like Whole Foods, Red Robin and Cinemark reduce their waste footprint and increase sustainability. I sat down with President Matt Hollis to get first-hand suggestions on how to do more for the environment. How’d you first

Politics

Agricultural Child Labor Is Legal In The U.S. & Countless Children Are Suffering Because Of It

Every year, thousands of children and teenagers gather along rows of tobacco to pick the leaves for cigarette companies. In front of them are long and physically heavy workdays in extreme heat, with neither adequate breaks or proper shade. Together, they are part of a larger group of agricultural child workers who remain invisible and unprotected by the state. Since child labor still isn’t something of the past in the U.S., these children have to

Politics

Washington State Rejects Climate Change Initiative

During the last two years, climate change has taken the back seat. Between the looming threat of nuclear war, children being put in cages, and rampant transphobia in the White House, it’s no surprise that carbon emissions aren’t at the forefront of people’s minds. However, with the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords and the Trump Administration’s complete neglect of the issue, the deadline for global catastrophe is only moving up. On Tuesday, Washington

Politics

Explaining the Divisions Between Liberals and Realists Concerning Conflict

Realism is the belief that states are the most important and authoritative actors in global politics, and their primary goal is to protect their own interests. Liberals believe that the states interests in global politics are linked and interdependent, and best advanced through states working closely with each other to achieve a common goal. Realists are skeptical about interdependence because of their pessimistic view of human nature; everyone acts in their own self-interest. In the

Op-ed

The Abuse of Qualified Immunity Within the Police Force

The limitations of qualified immunity for police officers have always been a hot topic in United States. The concept of qualified immunity is known as a form of defense for government officials as well as for police officers when they are sued for infringing citizens’ constitutional rights. Citizens need to be aware that only individuals are able to declare qualified immunity against proceedings, not governments. If ever they sue both the police officers and government, then they can still

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