Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Featured Image: Nathan Dumlao Derek Chauvin is Guilty of second-degree murder Guilty of third-degree murder And guilty of second-degree manslaughter. Are the first words I wake up to This ugly truth I always knew But they wrapped up under that statement It was one bad apple Asking, What was George Floyd doing? As if it…

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1 Pulitzer, A Hundred Dead

Featured Image: Tyler Franta It was the last week of the semestral break when the first breakdown (supposedly) for the next term transpired. I sat on the edge of my bed with my laptop in my lap — crying over my early preparation for my undergraduate thesis for journalism. I stared at my laptop’s wallpaper…

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The Devil’s Not Paying You Enough To Be His Advocate

Featured Illustration: Stephan Schmitz You’ve seen the Twitter headers, the punchy slogan at the end of Instagram Infographics™. Human Rights Aren’t Debatable. And the immediate response is obviously a well no shit, who thinks they are? But the definition of debating human rights isn’t always a politician met with controversy after endorsing airstrikes, or a…

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If You Condemn Trump, You Have to Condemn Modi

All eyes were recently on Delhi as farmers who have been protesting unfair agricultural legislation for weeks hoisted the Nishan Sahib, or Sikh triangular flag, up outside the Red Fort. Violence followed as protesters took to the streets and clashed with Delhi police, who brought with them lathis (large wooden sticks) and tear gas. But…

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A History of Silence

Featured Image: Corbis/Getty Images As a young child growing up in Cape Town, I knew that the minstrel carnival my parents took us to each new year and the songs sung by the Malay choirs had something to do with slavery. It certainly wasn’t something that we learned about during history lessons at school and…

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Asian Women Are Not Your Punchline

Featured Illustration: Phung Banh When I was eight, I visited my relatives in China for the first time in five years. I’d gone with my entire family. Much of the trip lives in hazy memory, born out of blazing summer days and in sweltering tresses of palm trees. It feels almost psychedelic now, looking back…

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National Day of Protest: End Indefinite and Arbitrary Detention of Refugees

Images from the National Day of Protest in Melbourne, Australia on March 5, 2021. Use arrows above to navigate through the slideshow. Supporters rallied outside State Library Victoria to demand the government put an end to the indefinite and arbitrary detention of refugees. Known for its hard-line immigration policy and internationally criticised treatment of those…

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Stop Co-Opting Our Movements and Get Your Own

Featured Image: Financial Times Black Lives Matter. Not only is it true, but it’s also the name of a movement. Our movement. Not a trendy bio insert. Because let’s be real for a sec. Most of the people with BLM in their bios are violently anti-Black. But this isn’t about that. This is about other…

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