Familiar, Familial Border

When do unattended-to childhood patterns Turn away from shame and Toward intentional tools of destruction Requiring only a whispered demand to be  handed the bleeding heart’s supply They count on your sadness to Fill their bottomless cup of gladness And before you know it You’ve been punched in the eye Swallowing excuses, like in generations…

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The Corporatization of Media and The Distortion of Political Reality

The media is driven by commercial bias, which is associated with advertisers who want to increase their profits. Aside from earning money, publications would be able to retrieve a diverse set of readers. Since journalism is a ‘dying’ industry, marketing and advertising are critical to media’s survival. Thus, readers would rather read celebrity or political…

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When My University’s Newspaper Misrepresented The Hong Kong Protests

Somewhere in the green Taiwanese mountains, above the clouds on a hot August day, I was sitting at a lunch table in an air-conditioned restaurant next to my grandmother and her friends. Somehow, in a setting that seemed so distant from the world below us, we could still feel the fumes of the undeniable tension…

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School Inequality: A Thin Mask On Racism

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States of America gave its decision on the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education, deeming racial segregation of schools unconstitutional. After its 9-0 ruling, the Court stated that: “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” and that it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the…

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Religious Persecution: Displaced Ahmadi Muslims From Pakistan

Ahmadi Muslims have been stigmatized in the mainstream Muslim community. This can be evidently seen through many conventional clerics, politicians, and presidents who push for anti-Ahmadi propaganda. I will be discussing how the stigmatization of Ahmadi Muslims affects their lives and well-being in a negative way, with a particular emphasis on Ahmadis from Pakistan. Ahmadi…

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Why You Need to Get Involved in Your Local Political Space

That night, there was a special electricity in the air. I felt the push of bony shoulders, similar to a crowded concert. In spite of such a packed house, there was a low murmur of anticipation as we waited for the final results to come in, ward by ward, one by one. While we gathered,…

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Justice for Women March: Durban

South Africa has always been a nation that is run by its people; we protest, we shout, we demand for change and recently we have become complacent. However, various groups across South Africa have protested and brought attention to the tragic issue of gender-based violence. I had the opportunity to speak with Tersia Erasmus, one…

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Say His Name: Elijah Al-Amin

By now, I’m sure you all have heard of, and hopefully not forgotten, the tragic story of Elijah Al-Amin, the young Arizona boy killed on Independence Day because of his decision to play a certain genre of music. A man slit the throat of the 17-year-old because of the “threatening” music. The accused threat? Rap…

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