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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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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Iran Hijab Women Protest

Headscarves on Sticks: Iranian Women Fight for Their Rights

Iranian women have been fighting for their rights for more than one hundred years. A century of protests, movements, and revolutions, and women still need to prove to their oppressive, male-dominated regime that when it comes to their rights, women won’t give up the good fight. True to form, in the first week of February in 2018, the fight continued when 29 women were arrested for removing their compulsory hijab and waving it on sticks in public in protest. 29 women were arrested, simply for freeing themselves from their burdensome wraps and demonstrating their wish to be individuals once more.
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Islam

Islam: Are We Witnessing a Religious Witch Hunt?

Faith and religion is arguably the most controversial part of our entire human race. Wars, crusades, Genocides and hate crimes – they all so often revolve around faith and, more importantly, foreign faiths that don’t align with familiar worldviews. Like the Islam nowadays.
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Carnival

Carnival Around the World: An Honest Capitalistic Tradition

Carnival, we all have seen or heard about it. We’ve all seen the majestic samba women, dressed in flashy costumes, with feathers, dancing in a frenzied state. We’ve also seen the obscure masks the Venetians wear. Or the two-story floats marching the streets. Most of us have participated either as children or even as adults. Dancing away, drinking, eating, having weird food fights and playing treasure hunts. It’s a tradition for many countries and the fascinating thing is that it has become universal.
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Anti-Gay Christians in Uganda

Anti-Gay-Ism: The Story of Anti-Gay Christians in Uganda

Uganda has had one of the most controversial anti-gay campaigns in Africa. Severe acts of homophobia have been witnessed in the country. In 2011, David Kato, a gay rights activist was murdered in cold blood in his home. This was curiously after a Ugandan tabloid, Rolling Stone, published names and addresses of people believed to be gay. The tabloid was calling for their murder. Since then, homophobic attacks have never ceased in Uganda.
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Santeria Venezuela Religion

Santeria in Venezuela: Religion in Times of Dismay

Venezuela is mainly Catholic. There is a small percentage of people who practice other religions, and in the constitution, the link between the State and the Church was dissolved a long time ago. However, as it happens with many of other things written in Venezuela’s books of laws: people pay no attention to it. But there is another religion on the rise in Venezuela – Santeria.
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Charles Manson Cult Leader

Charles Manson: Influential Cult Leader

Cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson died at 83 by natural causes on Nov. 19, after being admitted to a hospital in Bakersfield, California. Although Manson’s death is a timely end for some, the Manson Family Murders is still considered one of the biggest cultural events of the 1960’s.
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