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Deeper Problems at the Oscars
Most people are understandably talking about Will Smith really slapping Chris Rock in the face at last night's Oscar ceremony, after Rock made a tasteless joke about Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith's hair (she has alopecia or hair loss). What Smith did was wrong, no doubt, but that incident uncovered more serious issues:
Could Vlad Be Removed From Power?
Vladimir Putin has been in power for 20 years. His political party, the 'United Russia Party', is accused of rigging the vote at general elections. This results in Mr Putin staying in power. Any opposition parties are sidelined and cannot get the opportunity to broadcast alternative policies. Putin's opponents usually end up silenced, exiled, or in prison. Look at Putin's most vociferous opponent, Alexi Navalny, doing time on trumped-up charges.
The Heart of the Issue
I'm up late reading when I get the Apple news app notification. Ukraine is under attack. My first thought is, "when words fail..."
War in Ukraine
I was born and live in a country neighboring Russia. Every day I hear about how good life was in Soviet times. Mostly I hear from people of retirement age. Young people like me no longer remember those years, we grew up on European values. We grew up with Harry Potter and Marvel heroes and believe in democracy, not socialism.
Super Bowl LVI: Inglewood—Fantasy vs. Reality
As someone doesn’t watch American football regularly, but almost always catches the occasional playoff game and usually the Super Bowl, I was pretty excited to learn that Super Bowl LVI would be coming to the newly built SoFi stadium in Inglewood. I’ve always wanted to attend the Super Bowl at least once out of sheer curiosity. Plus, it looks fun! The biggest party of the year, right?
Friends? Your friends? If you lock them together in a room with no food for a week, THEN you could see what it is, friends!
Confessions of an Eastern European Living in the Western Wonderland
When I left my home country - Poland - almost a decade ago to study and work in France, I wasn't expecting to go through a cultural shock.
5 Economic Benefits When Workers Telecommute
When Covid-19 hit the scene in 2020, it forced employers into a corner. Either they became flexible with their work arrangements, or they allowed their production to flat line. We can argue on either side of the fence the pros and cons of this hostage situation, but at the end of the day, there inarguably were both pros and cons.
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No one benefits from linking India-Pakistan trade to contentious issues.
In an interview a few days ago, Mian Mohammad Mansha, the head of Pakistan's largest commercial group, said it was time for India and Pakistan to restore commerce, which may lead to other opportunities for better relations.
Why does America hate women?
I am just going to say this: Society hates women. Is this a fact? No. Am I being dramatic? No. Let me tell you that literally from birth to death, women are expected to be a certain way and behave a certain way. How many times have you ever heard anyone feel “disappointed” that they are having a boy? In some cultures, women who give birth to girls are either punished or have gone to great lengths to “get rid of girls”. As for women in America, we are faced with a dire and disturbing road as we look at everything happening for the last couple of years.
India pursues its strategic objectives, whether in Russia or the United States.
Since the Ukraine-Russia war, a number of analysts have argued that India's foreign policy should be shifted in favour of the United States and away from Russia. Their justifications range from moral precepts to India's need for US assistance in controlling China in the Indo-Pacific.
The Ongoing Crisis Should Not Be Wasted
It is always wise to try to search for the positives around you, especially in the midst of a crisis situation. It may seem impossible to accomplish at the time, and you may not always have control over the circumstances. However, you do possess the power to control how you react and control the crisis as opposed to being controlled by the crisis. Instead of getting distracted and lost in turmoil, if one chooses to focus on any good that can emerge from it like knowledge gained, lessons learned, and potential growth, neither the future nor the present needs to be so grim.
Should Abortion be Allowed?
Well This Is Bullshit. Like many people in the globalised world of today, I’ve heard about the leaked-draft from SCOTUS about overturning Roe v Wade.
Self Determination VS Termination
On November 20, 1969, a group of 89 Native Americans set foot on the unused Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay as a protest against the broken Fort Laramie treaty of 1868, which promised Native Americans federal land. The occupation of Alcatraz sparked a debate over Native American land loss and treaty termination and was a success towards Native American equality. The Alcatraz occupation opened up ideas for Native American freedom and equality.
The One Drop Rule
In 1565, both St. Augustine, Florida, and the One-Drop Rule (ODR) were founded. From an American phrase, the one-drop rule developed into a legal term used to separate white people from everyone else.
The Top 5 Reasons Why Chinese Warships have Surrounded Taiwan
As war continues to rage in Ukraine, the Pacific island of Taiwan has seen the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy to occupy the waters around their country.
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