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Submitted from Students Worldwide

March 25, 2018


Palestinian human rights are often the subject of much contention, especially when pitting it against a background of violations complicit with Israel. Initially, I was nervous about mentioning Israel in this, or venting my frustrations about how Palestinian human rights are often regarded as “controversial” or “debatable”. But I need to ask: when did human rights become so politicized? The extent of polarity with human rights is quite alarming and unquestionably detrimental to any future progress for co-existence with Palestinians and Israelis.

As an individual growing up in Canada and learning about the atrocities First Nations tribes were subject to in Canada, I resonated with them in a way that I had never understood until speaking to the Musqueam people of Vancouver about the losses and grievances they had endured. I, as a settler, living and growing up in this privileged land, understood the suffering they had experienced, in which the audacity fo...


Question: What is the most effective means of reducing (rural) poverty?

The Case for Universal Basic Income: Written by Emma Wennberg, California

In many countries, governments have set up complicated systems to alleviate poverty, including food stamps, subsidized housing, systems of earned income tax credit (EITC), among many others. While these programs aid in poverty reduction, one of the most effective ways of alleviating poverty is deceptively simple: give every citizen a check each month.

The universal basic income (UBI), also known as the basic income or unconditional basic income, appears to be a too-simple solution to poverty in which everyone receives a no-strings-attached stipend each month. The program is also seemingly less progressive than some other poverty-reduction policies, as it is a flat income–everyone gets the same amount, independent on your earnings or other quantifiers. However, this equality in the stipend may be more politically palatabl...

After having bombarded every citizen with phone calls, propaganda, and billboards exposing their hypocritic smiles and false promise mottos, the State of Mexico now has a new governor, Alfredo del Mazo and thus new future actions. Last Sunday, the State of Mexico held elections. With no surprise, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won for the 92nd time since 1925. Angered with this result, I decided to research about what is yet to come.

After reading about the “great promises” from the new governor to the State of Mexico, one in particular caught my eye: giving a bimestral pay (‘Pink Salary’) to Mexican housewives. This Pink Salary is a debit card which will give housewives 1,200 Mexican Pesos, approximately 65 US dollars, every two months.

At first, it sounded fair to me and probably to more than half of the Mexican population as well, but after a deeper analysis, I concluded that the Pink Salary was simply another tactic to gain votes. This “great financial help” is nothing m...

The women in the villages of the Democratic Republic of Congo have never forgotten the plights of massive and repeated waves of rapes, sexual violence, and gender based violence (GBV) that have been imposed since the advent of the liberation war in 1996.  Rape, sexual abuse, and GBV have remained an indelible scar in their minds, hearts, and bodies. These atrocities have been the prolongation of harsh domestic traditions that are weighing on women and girls as the society is a strong paternalistic community. The women worry about their country’s political development as the government often rejects the people’s will.

In 1996, Dictator Mobutu was replaced by Laurent Desire Kabila, and from that time, war succeeded war. LDK proclaimed himself president upon reaching Kinshasa until January 16, 2001, when one of his bodyguards shot him dead. During his presidency, LDK affirmed that elections would not be possible for two years, arguing that he needed more time to restore social order in the...

In the midst of a deplorable humanitarian crisis, why is there a growing stigma of hate?


On Thursday, July 21st, 2016, Paypal co-founder and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel took to the stage of the Republican National Convention, delivering an emphatic speech aimed at praising the virtues of now-President Donald Trump. The uniqueness of Thiel’s presence came by means of the fact that he is an openly gay man, a rarity at the famously right-minded convention. Even more interesting was his endorsement of Trump, a point he justifies in depth throughout his speech, something that caused the liberal portions of the LGBT community to write him off as a traitor. However, the point in bringing forth this speech is not to contrast Thiel against the stereotypes of the gay community, but to reiterate a certain phrase that Thiel brings to the podium. When speaking about the efficiency of decision-making and Congressional progress, Thiel laments the fact that the “great debate” is currently the “who gets to use which bathroom,” to which Thiel asks “Who care...

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