Costa Rica Homophobic Elections Presidency Fabricio Alvarado

Costa Rica: The Homophobic Race for Presidency

Religion has many purposes in the world; to some people, it brings peace, to others it brings support and explains some events in life that can’t be explained by other means. But religion can also function as a tool to promote hostile behaviors and ideologies “in the name of God.” The greatest example may be the way terrorist have twisted Islam, or how extreme conservative leaders have raised the homophobic flag simply because “God says it’s a sin.” This time, a homophobic bomb landed in Costa Rica’s ballot box, an evangelistic pastor named Fabricio Alvarado is winning the first round to be President in Costa Rica, and he is not hiding his intentions of keeping the country free from gay marriage.
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human rights

I Stand for Human Rights, Do You?

Human Rights – In about a 100 billion galaxies, possibly even more than that, our home – the Milky Way Galaxy – exists, consisting of more than a hundred billion stars. Of which, our planet earth, the blue planet, is the one and only planet where we know that life exists. The total human population, as of 2016, is about 7.44 billion people. 7.44 billion hearts are beating on this planet, at this very moment, calculating every step, every move, aspiring to reach their dreams and goals.
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human rights

Human Rights: A Historical Perspective on Fundamental Rights

Just like the phoenix, human rights emerged from the ashes and ruins of the world. The beginning of human rights as a revolution is said to be in the late 19th and the whole of the 20th century. However, from ancient texts and research, we can gather that the first time human rights were talked about was back in 539 BC. This is when the armies of Cyrus the great captured ancient Persian lands only to free the slaves and establish equality. This significant historical act provided a basis for today’s human rights decrees.
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Tokenism on TV

Does Tokenism Still Stalk Modern TV Shows?

Equality in America does not mean the country is perfect in all regards. Whether on TV or at movie theatres, race and inequality still tread the world in some ways. The Oscar fiasco of last year proved how Hollywood can’t seem to escape an apparent lack of representation of every race in a rather dated awards ceremony. Aside from the constant stereotypes and cultural ignorance of entertainment, there is one thing that is the feared boogeyman of many: tokenism.
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Triple talaq

When Women Won: Triple Talaq Now Unconstitutional In India

“Punish us if you want, but triple talaq will remain valid in India”, The Jamiat Ulama-i Hind, the leading Islamic Organization in India, proclaimed after the Supreme Court’s Ban on triple talaq. Challenging the 1400-year-old practice, the Muslim Women’s quest for equality filed seven petitions including one by a woman who was divorced through WhatsApp.
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LGBTQ Pride

A Celebration of Pride: LGBTQ Battles & Triumphs Throughout the Years

Picture this: five decades ago, homosexuality was considered a mental disorder; same-sex sexual activity a crime; and LGBTQ workers could’ve been fired easily. Fast forward to today where gays openly serve as frontiers in the military, function as noteworthy icons in the media, and occupy significant positions in the government.
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Feminism vs. Gender Equality

Feminism vs. Gender Equality: Does it Mean the Same?

Whenever someone asks me if I’m a feminist, I answer; “I do believe in gender equality and feminism is a part of it but I don’t call myself a feminist because that would mean I’m more concerned for the equality of a section of the society (in this case men and women) and not for equality for all.” I get these weird looks and a lecture on how “women like me” support men and oppress women and a not-so-polite reminder that FEMINISM IS GENDER EQUALITY. However, I beg to differ.
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