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Environment

Want to Visit Palau? First, You Have to Sign Environmental Pledge

Palau is the first nation on earth to “change immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection.” From now on, visitors of the country must sign a passport pledge promising to act in an ecologically responsible way. To quote the official website, “A pledge of, for, and by Palau’s children.” The pledge is not only a monumental step forward in the battle to conserve our climate, but Palau delivers its message with elegance and sincerity.

Politics

The Congressional Review Act: The Bill That Could Save Net Neutrality

As many people know, on Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era internet regulations, otherwise known as Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality provided the basic guidelines to keeping the modern open internet unbiased and available. The board members who voted to repeal the act blatantly ignored the wishes of thousands of citizens in order to further their own belief system. Some other government officials have expressed their own disappointment in the repeal

Politics

Trump’s First New Year’s Tweet: Pakistan Has Given Us “Nothing But Lies And Deceit”

It was not even the fulfilled wind-up of the first night of the newly 2018 when the current President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, decided he would take the weight off his feet on his gold-plated chair and set forth on yet another ridiculous, not-fact-checked, angry adventure on the world of social media in the waking/crying hours of bats and vampires and infants. Of all the things Trump could have achieved at

Real Life

What New Year’s Celebrations Look Like Around the World

New Year’s traditions vary greatly from place to place but one thing that is consistent is the idea that the New Year is a time to spend time with your loved ones and work on your flaws to become a better person. So many live in their own little bubble and the beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to try to immerse yourself in other cultures and become a more well rounded,

Race

Struggles of Illegal Immigrants to Consider this Holiday Season

Being a second-generation immigrant has led me to both appreciate the small things and work twice as hard as the average American. However, it has also caused me to overlook the struggles of first-generation immigrants crossing over currently. In the early 80’s, when my parents came to the United States, right before Ronald Reagan passed the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, they came to live with family. Both single at the time, they lived separately,

International

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt Disappeared 50 Years Ago Today

“I know this beach like the back of my hand”. Those words were one of the last spoken by Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt before he vanished while going for a swim off of the shore of Cheviot Beach fifty years ago today. Hearing that an all-around-the-world-sailor would be arriving on the bay located near his holiday house, the Prime Minister, accompanied by his old friend Majoria Gillespie and house guests, decided to head down

Real Life, Science

Natural Disasters Are Becoming More Frequent

Recently, even within the past year, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of natural disasters that have disrupted the lives of so many people. Most know that climate change is “bad” and is going to drastically affect our world eventually, but it isn’t as well broadcasted that we are already seeing its effects. Hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts are just a few of the phenomena that have become more prevalent in recent years as

Real Life

Dressember: Dresses for Human Trafficking Awareness

“Can a dress change the world? Our answer: Yes. “The dress is our uniform, the flag of our movement. Dressember is an opportunity to reclaim and reappropriate the dress as a symbol of freedom and power; a flag for the inherent dignity of all people.” In 2005, when Dressember founder Blythe Hill became aware of human trafficking, she claimed to have felt helpless when her profession didn’t relate socially, economically or legally to any solution

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

Feminism

The Perpetual Cycle of Toxic Masculinity Among Arab Men

From a young age, in many Arab families, boys are taught that they have a certain dominance over women, while simultaneously being socialised into the mindset that they must be tough and manly or they aren’t “proper men”. In addition to this socialisation, the conjugal roles are extremely segregated between the sexes, considering; while girls have the cleaning and domestic roles instilled into them, boys have heavy work and the breadwinner roles instilled instead. So,

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