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September 3, 2016


The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is one of the longest lasting and most violent armed groups in Africa. The US State Department reports that it has operated since 1986; it was formed in northern Uganda to oppose Uganda’s government. It has a sordid and violent history, including the forcible recruitment of over 66,000 children for sex slaves and soldiers. The longevity and continued activity of the LRA can be attributed to its leader, Joseph Kony. The LRA was created due in part to the Holy Spirit Movement, which was founded in the 1980’s to represent the Acholi people of northern Uganda. Kony founded the LRA in order to combat Uganda’s government overseen by President Yoweri Museveni.

The Lord’s Resistance Army has never been a popular movement; it has never had the support of the citizenry in the countries in which it operates. Although it was created in Uganda, it has operated in the Central African Republic, Southern Sudan, and the Democratic Repub...

August 3, 2016

Climate change is apparent in nearly all aspects of our daily lives. For the past 200 years, but especially the last 50, we have seen an incredible increase in quantities of carbon dioxide and other gases that destroy our atmosphere leading to massive climate alterations. As tangible evidence from the last 130 years, the average global temperature increased by 0.85 ° C. This is especially worrying when 0.18 ° C of this can be attributed to the past 25 years. We are clearly going in the wrong direction. If this is not enough to persuade, July 2016 just broke the record for the hottest month ever recorded. Further, August 2016 is projected to surpass this record in most areas of the globe.

Climate change affects many things, from rising sea levels, to dramatic weather events, that can lead to mass migration. However, one thing that is often overlooked is that climate change is affecting our health. Extreme heat and strange precipitation patterns all affect also the characteristics of di...

Prominently known for its abundance of underground oil, the Amazon has long been a jewel to the oil companies and government. According to WWF Global, 19% of the Amazon has already been destroyed for oil exploitation purposes in the past 36 years, leaving only 81% intact. However, as these statistics show, the deforestation rates continue to decrease not only because of popular demand for fossil fuels, but also individual illegal logging triumphs; in July of 2012, 122.337 hectares of Amazonian land were destroyed by unauthorized logging, whereas only 34.902 destroyed hectares were authorized, thus illustrating an inconsistency with environmental policies and respect for the homes of the Amazon.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the 400 or so Amazonian tribes whose lives depend on the preservation of this rainforest- it’s all of our lives. In fact, our future depends heavily on the conservation of the Amazon- that is, if we want to witness the existence of our planet 20 years fr...

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