OPINION, POLITICS, WORLD ISSUES

The Right to Vote

Featured Illustration: Melissa Koby Earlier this month, South Africa held local government elections (South Africa has a three-tier government system, i.e., national, provincial and municipal). In 1994 the country held its first democratic elections, ending almost fifty years of legalised racial discrimination and ushering in the African National Congress (ANC) government led by Nelson Mandela. […]

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EMPOWERMENT, OPINION, POLITICS

On the Digital Learning Gap in America

Featured Illustration: The Washington Post Disclaimer: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of interview participants. . . . Modern technology is the future of education, but it’s a luxury many cannot afford. In the age of digital learning, how do we progress without leaving our peers behind? The digital learning gap is […]

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OPINION, POLITICS, WORLD ISSUES

A Question of Truth and Accessibility: Public Education in The Philippines

Over the past weeks, controversies and “unseen” raw footage involving the Marcoses have surfaced again online after Toni Gonzaga interviewed Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos on her channel. The endless circulation of these hullabaloos, commentaries, and conspiracies fueling furies between the fanatics — both the dilawans (Aquino supporters) and Marcos […]

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OPINION, POLITICS

Abolition is Necessary for a Safer America

Featured Illustration: Nicole Medina In 1966, James Baldwin wrote, “The police are simply the hired enemies of this population. They are present to keep the Negro in his place and to protect white business interests, and they have no other function.’’ Now, this sentiment is one that still rings true in 2021. Which begs the […]

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CULTURE, POLITICS

The Death Penalty and Its Implications in Lynching

Featured Illustration: The Appeal In Sumter County, Florida, in 1902, a Black man by the name of Henry Wilson was condemned to death and subsequently hanged before a violent, white mob. He was accused of murder, and his trial spanned over the short period of just two hours and forty minutes. This trial was accompanied […]

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OPINION, POLITICS, WORLD ISSUES

Afghanistan and Two Decades of Nation Building

Featured Illustration: Lida Afghan On August 15th, 2021, Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, alongside other major provinces, fell into the power of the Taliban, and the world silently watched. This is the same terrorist group that robbed all Afghans of their sanity and dreams from 1996 to 2001. To try to put my fellow Afghans’ feelings during […]

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OPINION, POLITICS, WORLD ISSUES

Afghanistan: What Future for the Women?

Featured Illustration: Maliha Abidi On Sunday 15th of August, the unimaginable happened. As the Afghanistan government collapsed, the Taliban gained control of the capital of Kabul after President Ashraf Ghani left the country. The fundamentalist group was preparing for its return to power in conjunction with President Biden’s withdrawal plan for the U.S. troops, which […]

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OPINION, POLITICS

The Arbitrary 18 and the Power of Gen Z

Featured Illustration: Politico This can’t be happening. My entire body shuddered as I began retching into the small wastebasket next to my desk. My eyes were transfixed on the live election map on my phone screen, and I started to hyperventilate as Georgia switched between light red and light blue. This night was the culmination […]

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