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Posted by Harry Jiang on 02/14/2017 - 05:27

As a follow-up to my previous article concerning the Changzhou Foreign Languages School controversy, in which hundreds of students' health are affected by toxic waste from a nearby chemical plant, I created the documentary that critically evaluates parents', students', teachers', as well as government officials' response to this incident. This video is now on YouTube. Please click on the links below to view my work:

Posted by Harry Jiang on 02/14/2017 - 05:26

As a follow-up to my previous article concerning the Changzhou Foreign Languages School controversy, in which hundreds of students' health are affected by toxic waste from a nearby chemical plant, I created the documentary that critically evaluates parents', students', teachers', as well as government officials' response to this incident. This video is now on YouTube. Please click on the links below to view my work:

Posted by Sana R. Gondal on 09/19/2016 - 05:01

The moko kauae, a sacred female chin tattoo for the Maoris of Polynesia, is making a revival amongst the indigenous women of the region. This body and facial tattooing is known as Ta moko, and amongst the Maori women, "was a rite of passage, maeking the passage between girl and adulthood." This meant to signify family and social heritage, along with beliefs regarding the afterlife. The tattoos are of intricate design, none alike in their make, and used to be made through a chiseling tool and black ink. It was banned and discontinued due to colonization and the repression of all that is... Read More

Posted by Sana R. Gondal on 09/05/2016 - 00:17

In this article, a journalist from Kashmir, Gowhar Geelani, relays his experiences in the currently ongoing curfew placed in Kashmir. It has been over 7 weeks since the strict curfew was placed, and the situation appears to be dire, with fear as the general norm in lifestyle.

 

On 9th July, young activist and leader of an anti-Indian occupation movement, Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces. This led to civil unrest and violence between civilian protestors and the Indian military, which resulted in a curfew being placed on the region... Read More

Posted by Aleksandra Maczka on 08/18/2016 - 11:27

People from outside one culture or circle should feel free to express their opinions and not have them dismissed so easily. With debate, we learn to extend our empathy and understanding beyond what we consider familiar. However unnecessarily controversial or aggressive statements can undermine everything that the notion of free speech has given us, ridiculing it or reducing it to silly debates.

Perhaps, ironically in states that are not free it is essential to have minimal limitations on free speech, almost like allowing ourselves to brainstorm. While in those enjoying long-lasting... Read More

Posted by Grace Harlan on 08/16/2016 - 10:55

Every woman at some point or another will get their period- it is a coming of age, a natural, biological occurrence. And yet, to discuss it, or mention it as a woman is seen as "dirty" or "inappropriate".

In both sports and in China, the words "menstration cycle" have a negative taboo. In fact, tampon and pad commercials have been banned from playing. Furthermore, tampons are rarely sold as they are thought to "rob a girl of her virginity".

All these negative connotations with having a period make it seem shameful and unhygenic, when in reality, it is nothing anyone, not... Read More

Posted by Shruti Venkatraman on 08/10/2016 - 19:50

1st August 2016 

Index on Censorship is an international organization that promotes and defends freedom of expression using journalism, campaigning and advocacy. They closely follow and report on a variety of stories from across the world to combat repression. At the centerpiece of a latest social media campaign using the hashtag #opinionsarenotcrimes is a story about Bahraini journalist Nabeel Rajab, who was given an award by the organization. He has been a target for authorities for the past two decades because of his vocal opposition to the government. In 2012 he spent two years... Read More

Posted by Carolina on 08/10/2016 - 00:27

The article describes the enforced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican State of Guerrero, in 2014. The Mexican government has failed to investigate the case and providing a just answer to the student's families. Only one of the students has been found and the rest are still missing. This case lights out many other disappearances in Mexico that the State hasn't resolve. The corruption and incompetence of the government don't allow justice to be done and human violations to be repair.  

Posted by Leela Cañuelas-Puri on 08/05/2016 - 14:39

The Argus, one of Wesleyan University's student newspapers, has seen a 57% cut to its budget following the publication of an opposite-editorial critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. The cuts come from the Wesleyan Student Assembly and the Student Budget Committee. During deliberations, University President Michael Roth urged members of the WSA and SBC to reconsider their positions, saying that if the sustainability of student funding was in fact the concern motivating the cuts, students might do better to consider cuts to expensive events such as Spring Fling rather than "target... Read More

Posted by ejbentley on 08/05/2016 - 13:14

The death penalty is arguably wrong on the basis that it goes against a fundamental human rights principle enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and that is the right to life. The death penalty could also be considered a form of torture, another right [to live a life free from torture] that is enshrined in the UDHR in 1948. Yet across the world, and across the United States, the death penalty is continually used as a form of punishment, and of justice. Countries or states that utilise the death penalty evidently don't consider this to be a violation of rights, or... Read More

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