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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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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Linguistic Relativity Languages

Linguistic Relativity and Language: You Are What You Speak

People have gone all over the world to answer one particular question and that is whether or not our languages shape the way individuals think. Linguistic experts, in particular, have been paying close attention to this question since the 40s, coming up with the concept of linguistic relativity. If you were to speak French, you may start to think more fashionable than before whereas if you started speaking Swedish, you may just start feeling really good about taxation all of a sudden. You know, we joke, but basically, that is what linguistic relativity is all about.
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Zhagh in Balochistan, Pakistan

Zhagh: Tales of a Barbaric Custom in Balochistan

We often hear stories about successful working women and the hardships they have faced in a male-dominant society, excelling, and setting up examples for the rest. In Pakistan, women in urban areas are an indispensable part of working-class. Women work side-by-side with their male counterparts in almost every walk of life. But in the vast abandoned area of southwestern Pakistan, there lies a place which specifies women as merely slaves or victims of acrimonious rituals. The barbaric tradition called Zhagh.
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Cameroon - Anglophone vs. Francophone

Cameroon Anglophone Problem: Is Colonial Ethnicity To Blame?

A deep running crisis is happening in Cameroon. Since 2016, the central African country has witnessed rising unrest and protests in the Anglophone majority regions. Following the unrest, dire consequences on the economy have been felt. Property worth millions of dollars has already been destroyed. Additionally, more than twenty people have lost their lives in the protests.
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OQLF in Quebec

OQLF: Quebec’s French Language Stasi

In Quebec, Canada’s French-speaking province, there exists a team of men and women wandering around with cameras, snapping photographs of shop signs and restaurant menus. Their purpose? To make sure that the French language remains predominant over the English Language in all aspects of daily life. Their presence has caused confusion, destroyed the identity of businesses and has resulted in Anglophones fleeing the province en masse. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Office Québécois de la Langue Française (OQLF), and they suck balls.
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Honor Killings

Honor Killings: A Stigma of Humanity

It was a pleasant day. The evening had been dreamy and relatively cooler after the first monsoon rain. Enjoying tea with cookies, I was scrolling up and down on my feed when news caught my eyes. I couldn’t just scroll it down; a Christian teenage girl from Israel had been killed by her father over a relationship with a Muslim guy. That was Tuesday, July 18th, 2017. One of many honor killings we had to wittness in recent years.
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Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau: Honorary Prime Minister of… Pakistan?

The Flashback

“Roads blocked with the barriers, policemen on all the entry points of the city, strict checking of the public and some of the city´s major roads closed for general public. A convoy of 20-25 vehicles, with many of them having the traditional red-blue lights, entered the city. It was the leading political figure of a developing country from South Asia, who was to address a corner meeting in one of the major cities of the country”.
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Forced Marriage and Bride Kidnapping

Forced Marriage: A Case of Modern Bride Kidnapping

It may be dreadful, but kidnapping a girl as young as 18 for a forced marriage is not only a thing of the movies. It happens right before our eyes and amidst all the campaigns for the alleviation of crimes and the progress of our defenses, the abduction of women around the world for the purpose of a forced marriage to their captors remains unstopped. Bride kidnapping and forced marriage is still a reality for many people on our earth.
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