CULTURE, WORLD ISSUES

The Duality of Visiting Your Motherland

Featured Image: Amanda Etemad The first time I went to Iran I was only 16, still in high school, traveling with a parent, and naive to so much of the world but eager to learn more about my roots. Growing up as one of the only Iranian-Americans in my tiny, majority-white suburb left me with […]

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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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POETRY & PROSE, WORLD ISSUES

Voices from Afghanistan

Featured Illustration: Shehzil Malik They call to us from under the Afghan Sun, their skin bright like amber kindled under flame, and their voices heavy with dripping characters, rough edges and beveled lines, black ink bursting over letters and journals, for they live by the pen, writing in an attempt to reach the world outside, […]

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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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POETRY & PROSE, WORLD ISSUES

The Graveyard of Empires

Featured Image: Alizeh Ahmad We will win. We will win. We will win. We will win. “It is in our nature, in our blood” Sticks and stones will break my bones When stones are beaten into the skulls of children for 40 years. When sticks are stabbed into the sockets of men, women, and children. […]

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