Scientology Money Pyramid Scheme Tax

Scientology and Money: A Religious Pyramid Scheme?

The best things in life you just can’t buy, right? Wrong! It turns out you can buy your ticket to complete mind control and endless lives in a perfect universe. At least when you’re a member of Scientology, that is. The Church of Scientology has spent decades perfecting their formula to get the most money out of its devoted followers while fixing a neat tax exemption in the USA. The Pyramid Scheme Religion, or how to gain mind control with just a fracture of a million dollars (if you’re lucky).
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Breast cancer in Algeria

Breast Cancer in Algeria: Survivors Lose Rights as Women

“I no longer want you as my wife, you are a half woman!” – These are the heartbreaking words that Yousef told his wife Yasmin (not their real names). They have lived together for more than two decades. Just recently, Yasmin was diagnosed with breast cancer in Algeria. With advice from her physician, she went through a surgical procedure and had one of her breasts, the one with cancer, amputated. She then proceeded to have chemotherapy sessions and her recovery process kick-started.
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Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day: A Hoax, a Scam, a Disturbing Reality

Every year on February 14th, lovebirds around the world scramble to find the perfect gift, the perfect card and flowers, and the perfect venue to woo their partners with on Valentine’s Day. The world will be draped in red hearts and cupids and romance, and love will be, metaphorically, in the air. It may be a comfort to know for those who are not a part of a couple during this love-smothered month that the history behind Valentine’s Day is anything but romantic. From sacrificial goats and dogs to imprisonment and execution, to the eventual mating of birds, the holiday – as well as its namesake, Saint Valentine – has a pretty dark past.
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Weinstein Aftermath Dawn Truth

A New Dawn of Truth: The World After Weinstein

It’s a new year, but what does “new” really mean? It’s hardly ever a new beginning when we twist the numbers one over again, it is only a new chapter in an old book we have been reading for too long. The story moves on, but it’s still very much the same story we have been reading for ages. It has the same characters, the same players, the same structure. And yet a new chapter can also mean bring a new development. 2017 was the year of abuse victims regaining their voices against sexual abuse and harassment, it was a new cornerstone, but does that mean anything in 2018? 2017 was our long overdue plot twist, but it ended on a cliffhanger, begging for a resolution. In the end, what can we take from the #MeToo and the #TimesUp campaigns into the new year? Where do we go from here, what lessons did we learn in the Weinstein aftermath and how do we handle the truth?
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Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil LGBTQ+ Activism India

Prince Manvendra Singh: The Face of LGBTQ+ Activism in India

In order to inspire change, conventions have to be broken. Hurdles have to be consistently overcome to truly change our lives. LGBTQ+ activism is at the heart of breaking these conventions, first and foremost in countries where LGBTQ+ is not nearly as commonly accepted. India is one of these countries where the LGBTQ+ community struggles to gain a footing. It’s here where it’s especially important to break conventions, in this case by the only openly gay prince in the nation, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, which plans to rebuild his pink palace into a center for LGTBQ+ people in need of support.
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Social Media Facebook Anxiety Addiction

Quitting Social Media: My Facebook Anxiety

I can say I am a social media user. I use it every day and I can say that I had been victimized by the pressure that my online friends’ lives put on me. Like many other people, I thought I needed to show the world that I was somebody, too. That I had to prove that I was happy. You know, just to make my life appear more interesting to others. We can consider “others” as people who give likes and shares not because they totally trust in you, but because they found you amusing – that does not necessarily mean your life really is. Social media can amount to an anxiety, it did for me.
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Westernization Traditionalism Africa Western Influence

Westernization or Traditionalism: Africa under Western Influence

Africa is a continent full of diversity. Other than the immense wealth of natural resources, there also exists a rich diversity in demographical characteristics, cultures, and traditions. With Africa now becoming increasingly westernized, these indigenous cultures and traditions are at risk of being wiped out. But they won’t go quietly, there is a fierce battle of westernization vs. traditionalism on the continent.
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Church of Scientology

The Church of Scientology: Are You Curious?

Chances are, you heard of the Church of Scientology at least once in your life. You probably even heard it specifically with the name of Tom Cruise attached to it. Chances are, however, you have no real idea what they’re actually about. But you’re intrigued, especially since they ran a perfectly cryptic clip during the Superbowl, asking the simple question: Are you curious? If you are, make this your first stop to read what Scientology is and does, and why you should stay far away from it.
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Feminism Feminist Equality

Does the Future of Feminism Equal Inequality?

The future of feminism may be in jeopardy. Feminism used to be defined as a forward-thinking movement for equality of the sexes, but modern day feminism has earned a pretty abysmal reputation. Today, feminists are widely considered to be little more than petty man haters and there is plenty of evidence to support that impression. As feminists continue to divide upon and debate over the various issues that society faces today, their collective cooperation and collaboration continue to dwindle. Tens of thousands of women have abandoned the movement altogether, and many even consider themselves to be “anti-feminist.”
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Professional Education Phillipines

The Corruption of Professional Education in the Philippines

How much are you willing to spend to earn your professional title? The normal answer would be: it depends. We know, as professionals, we do not have much choice, do we? But especially in the Philippines, the corruption of professional education is worrying.
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