Chiraq, USA

Chicago has been in the spotlight a lot this year. In fact things have gotten so bad recently on the streets of South and West Chicago, Chi-town has earned a new moniker: “Chiraq.”
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The South Sudan Conflict

The USA says that Sudan is near utter calamity with the genocide sweeping the nation the way it is. The BBC poses the question: Can South Sudan be saved from self-destruction? Half of Sudan’s population is below the world poverty levels. Sudan’s economy was hit hard after the South declared independence in July 2011, taking with it about 75% of the country’s oil output.
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Recently we covered the Nigerian kidnapping of the 200 schoolgirls. While in the midst of exam time a boarding school was invaded in the middle of the night, security and police offers were killed in the stampede and the gang found a large group of girls in the dormitory. They gathered the more than 250 girls at gunpoint and loaded them into a truck before fleeing into the forest.
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Women, Sex Stereotyping

Sex Stereotyping: No, Women Don’t Have It Great Yet!

A common remark I hear men utter, both in casual conversation and in politically geared conversation, is “women have it so good these days.” I then hear them talk about how women get to enjoy taking men’s money in a divorce, “fleecing” men on child support, and other inane excuses about why women have it so much better than men do. At times, I even hear them talk about how women are waging a “war on masculinity” in the West. All I can wonder is how they can be so ignorant of the statistics of what it means to be a woman. Let alone the anecdotal evidence of how life can be as a female in the West.
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Venezuela protest

Venezuela: A Rise of The People Or A Hidden Agenda?

Protests have been happening in Venezuela now for over two months. While it has been said that the start of the protests was sparked by students irate over the human violation of a 21 year old young man allegedly raped with a rifle by military affiliates, it seems to have opened a Pandora’s box of many other issues.
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Congo genocide

Congo Genocide 20 Years Later

The Congo genocide: Mass killings, rape, famine: the effects of war. While many have since moved on from the limited “happy” ending of Hotel Rwanda (some as soon as they threw away the remnants of their popcorn at the theatre), the war in the Congo still continues with rebels aiming to seize the terrritory of Goma in what appears to boil down to a struggle for precious minerals. In fact, what we are seeing now, the U.N. has reported, may be just the beginning of the climax to a long bloody war.
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Syrian refugee crisis

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis started since the unrest began in Syria in 2011, millions of people have been displaced from their homes in Syria and have sought refuge in other neighboring countries or in less chaotic regions of Syria. It is estimated that over 9 million Syrians have fled their homes by the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. 2.6 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, and Egypt.
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Syria’s Civil War

Arab Spring is in full bloom, with Syrian Civil War at the forefront. What started as peaceful protests on the part of the citizens turned into belligerence and all-out war. Syria has had a history of civil and political unrest since 1918 when the Arabs captured Damascus and ended 400 years of Ottoman rule.
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