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Meet Your New Favorite Song: Sunday Candy

It started off a day like any other; I put a random Spotify playlist on shuffle, began my early commute, and mentally prepared myself for the day ahead. I was deep in thought (probably anticipating what I was going to eat for lunch) when the sounds of Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s nostalgic new […]

The Case for “Mental Cases”: Slashing Stigmas and Redefining Discourse  

Sometimes, it is not until you experience something for yourself that you truly realize all of its challenges. For those living with a mental illness, one of the many challenges is dealing with the stigma of being labeled as such. Whether it is an anxiety disorder, a mood disorder, or an eating disorder, an association […]

Hillary Clinton — “Getting Started” via YouTube

For the longest time ever, no one knew for certain who would be the most likely Democratic Party candidate for the forthcoming Presidential Election of 2016; some whispered that Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, New York Senator and First Lady, might be planning to do so, but for many months, Clinton neither admitted nor […]

Christianity: a Renewal of Hope, Life and Freedom for African-Americans

With Easter finally having arrived, a renewal of life and good weather has finally arrived. Just as Jesus Christ rose from the dead, the flowers are now in bloom, the barren trees have sprouted new leaves and the warmth of the sun pounds the ground below from the sky. During Spring, we all give thanks […]

Blink and You’ll Miss It: The Papal Visit 2015 Edition

January 19 was the last day of Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines. Upon arriving at the Villamor Air Base with my family and walking to the main road, I was hardly surprised to see that as early as at five in the morning, there were rows and rows of people standing and waiting to […]

Third 2014 Transport Tragedy in Southeast Asia

Yet again, the southeast region of Asia has been struck by misfortune, particularly in the air travel sector. Early Monday morning, at 5:36 AM (local time in Indonesia), AirAsia Flight QZ8501 took off with 155 passengers and 7 members of the crew from Surabaya International Airport in Indonesia…

Rick Sacra: The Third American To Be Infected With The Ebola Virus

On August 29th, last Friday, Omaha, Nebraska welcomed Dr. Rick Sacra, a missionary in West Africa. However, Sacra didn’t come home alone. With him, he brought the deadly strain known as the Ebola Virus.

Largest Gas Explosion in Taiwanese History Kills 26

Taiwan, still reeling from the news of a deadly plane crash less than a month ago that killed 48 and injured 10 met yet another tragedy  midnight on Thursday and early Friday in a series of 5 horrific gas explosions that sent vehicles and chunks of concrete soaring as high as three stories through the air from […]

What You Should Know About Gaza

The argument that Gaza is not an American concern because it does not affect the public directly can be put to bed as a New York crowd in Times Square gathers to protest the atrocities happening in Gaza this very moment. What You Need To Know About What Is Happening in Gaza: What Triggered this […]

New Australian HIV-killing Condoms May Become a Reality Soon

As we’re all (hopefully) aware, condoms do a pretty commendable job preventing STDs and an accidental baby. However, when it comes to preventing pregnancy and sexual infections, a condom pre-coated in antiviral gel that can kill up to 99.9% of HIV, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus infections sounds like a great improvement that nobody should […]

Church of England Votes to Allow Female Bishops

In a historic decision, the Church of England’s General Synod voted Monday to allow women to serve as bishops. The General Synod is the governing body which meets twice or thrice yearly to discuss and decide matters of great importance to the Church of England. In order for any measure to pass, a two-thirds majority […]

UK Monarchy Today

  Almost a year ago the UK and half the world went mad with excitement over the birth of Prince George, son of the glamorous Kate Middleton and Prince William. The universal appeal of the good looking and charming couple have made the British monarchy more popular than ever. But the ineffectiveness and impracticability of […]

Following More Sanctions, Russia Responds By Violating Ukraine’s Airspace

After being threatened with yet another round of sanctions from the United States and the European Union, Russia responded by violating Ukraine’s airspace multiple times. In a report released by the Pentagon, the Russian Air Force sent several fighter jets over Ukraine the night of April 25. After flying military attack aircraft over another country […]

Sooner Over Later, There Will Be Another Revolution in Egypt

Three years after widespread protests broke out in Tahrir Square, Egyptians are still subject to the whims of an increasingly totalitarian government. As part of the Arab Spring uprising, citizens of Egypt took part in massive demonstrations in 2011 that resulted in the military ousting then President Hosni Mubarak. His replacement, Mohammad Morsi, was soon […]

After Taking Crimea, Putin Has Set His Sights on Southern Ukraine

Following the referendum in Crimea this past Sunday, which allegedly resulted in 95% of the voters choosing to be annexed by Russia, President Putin announced that he had submitted legislation to absorb the former Ukrainian Peninsula. The reactions of the Crimean people were decidedly mixed. Much of the ethnic Russian population celebrated their land returning […]

The Crimean Peninsula is Soon to Be a Part of Russia

Recent talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov only served to re-establish the well known fact  that USA and Russia are vehemently opposed to one another on the crisis in Ukraine. Lavrov has said there is “no common vision” between the two nations for the future of Ukraine. Following […]

Putin Challenges the West By Sending Troops Into Ukraine

Despite stern warnings from President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin has activated large numbers of military personnel in the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine. Earlier this week, Russia’s Upper House of Parliament unanimously voted to authorize Putin to use military force in Ukraine. Russia’s actions came soon after Ukraine’s former President, Viktor Yanukovych, fled Ukraine following […]

The Women of Afghanistan are in Danger

We will ask the president not to sign until the article is changed, we will put a lot of pressure on him,” remarked Selay Ghaffar, director of the shelter and advocacy group Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan. This quote refers to Article 26. An article that may be signed, that according […]

Winter Olympics Woes: Poor conditions and Ongoing Construction

As world renowned athletes and reporters continue to arrive in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, they may not find the same amenities and facilities they’re used to. Amid continued debate on whether Sochi is ready for one of the biggest events of the year, people from around the world are seeing for themselves if […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki is Desperately Trying To Avoid A Fight In Fallujah

As radical militants continue to assert their dominance over the city of Fallujah, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has yet to order an aggressive military response. While the Army has surrounded much of Fallujah, anti-government forces are still making their way into the city. There is also a steady stream of small arms, mortars, anti […]