This month marks the 14th Canadian diplomat to become ill while working in the Canadian embassy in Cuba. In total 27 diplomats and their families have reported contracting a type of mysterious illness in the same way their American counterparts in Cuba have also been experiencing. The symptoms include nausea, dizziness, headaches, nose bleeds, and trouble concentrating. The complaints began back in the spring of 2017; Canadian diplomats simultaneously began to experience the same symptoms and were complaining about a strange sonic boom like noise around the time the symptoms started. The victims realized that they could be suffering from the “Havana Syndrome” the term that explains the mysterious illness that had previously affected around 24 American diplomats and their families while in Cuba.
The recent project released by shaving company Gillette, "We Believe: The Best Men Can Be," has fallen under a ridiculous amount of scrutiny since it's debut on January 13, 2019. The aim of the project was to make a public statement regarding domestic abuse, bullying, and many other prevalent issues in our society. It brings up how certain societal/cultural influences can contribute to these issues, and how men often have a major role in both it's prevalence, and it's prevention.
Right now, as I write, it is ten days into the new year of 2019 in New York City, a city so nice that you want a slice (of pizza, of course). We have so many activities going on here that it is almost a shame to see a CLOSED sign at the end of the business day. Without us, the world would come to a screeching stop. We have the entertainment, sports, businesses, schools, and so many other interests of the world right here in our back and front yards.
Mass shootings have unfortunately become a tragic, but normalized part of our society. Although mass shootings only make up a small portion of the total gun crimes in this country, they only continue to rise in numbers with each attack becoming more brutal than the last. We are all completely aware of the pain that these tragedies can bring to our communities, and yet, they continue to happen. The stories pass through the news channels so quickly, replaced with the new horror story while the last fades away into a bad memory for our country. There are no opportunities for new reform from our legislators, despite the constant push from the citizens that want change. These attacks of terrorism have become something that we simply acknowledge, move on from, and wait for the next inevitable occurrence.
The controversial topic of gun control has been a front and center issue for many years, most recently hitting the front page after the fatal shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This event was particularly striking—going viral on social media, being posted multiple times on various news outlets, inspiring thousands of protests across the country and even globally—due to the fact that the students that had been affected by the shooting were very outspoken about their opinions. These young teenagers demanded justice—in their point of view, this justice could be given by prompt actions with gun control.
Immigration, a subject that gets everyone’s ire up. I am among them. For me, it’s the generalizations that infuriate me, and unfortunately, my fellow Italians do their fare share. So let’s begin.
Alright. So, this will be my third piece (second concerning a conspiracy theory) and honestly, this one feels like I'm putting my own head in a noose, like I'm about to catch all kinds of shit for this one—and yet I'm compelled to continue. So, let's do this. Let's nip this in the bud. Let's talk about "white genocide."
If there is one "most unfortunate trend of 2018," other than some things we could point to in fashion, music and movies (I'm talking to you, Will Ferrell!), there is one serious trend that seriously needs to stop—now— before we head into 2019! And that is the "Blank (Simply insert the appropriate verb here) While Black!" trend—where people—typically white people - call 9-1-1 on individuals doing, well, absolutely nothing wrong!
Human trafficking in Saudi Arabia has a major role internationally, women from Asian and African countries are trafficked here as well. Men and women for both forced labor and prostitution purposes, even girls as young as seven years old are trafficked into Saudi Arabia for the same purpose. Though the government is doing everything within its power to eliminate human trafficking in Saudi Arabia, then take an international approach. Will human trafficking ever go away or will this be a temporary change in Saudi Arabia and internationally? Can we really eliminate human trafficking for good and if they cannot control their own country, how could they control someone else’s?
If you, like me, follow gender politics, we both may need a moment and some cannabis. If anything exemplifies, for me, the current situation in gender, it's the idea of a Thanksgiving dinner in a large family where everyone has different views and different opinions on how the turkey should be done and what choices everyone should have made, but the bottom line is that love and connection undergird the experience.
Much has been made in recent days of President Trump not having recited the Apostles' Creed during former President George H.W. Bush's funeral on December 5. Comments have ranged from questions regarding Trump's literacy to criticism that he is perhaps not "Christian enough" to warrant the support he does have from evangelical Christians.