The Commute

Published Avatar Elizabeth VOY

Avatar Elizabeth VOY
Member since April 12, 2015
  • 8 Posts
  • Age 24

Monday morning and the usual commute to work. Hop on the metro, nab a seat and open up the free public newspaper. Quick flick through: front page news on Britain’s current talent show contestants. Next: a theatre review and a footballer’s quarrel. The following page’s headline: ‘Sunshine Sam’s a perfect No.10’ printed alongside a blown up image of the current Prime Minister’s wife dressed in a bikini. I feel my heart sink. The article compliments Samantha Cameron’...

Remember, We’re the World

Published Avatar Gerald , Mr

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Member since April 13, 2015
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 23

Many times, the first thing we get attracted to in a song is its melody. But we often don’t take time to listen to the words and feel their power. However, what really makes a good song is a combination of both, melody and lyrics. In 1985, as famine was ravaging Africa, an incredible group of gifted and popular musicians and artists (USA for Africa) came together to make a song dedicated to alleviating hunger. “We Are the World” was written by Michael Jackson & Lionel...

A Crumbling Foundation

Published Avatar Bhavana

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Member since April 1, 2015
  • 8 Posts
  • Age 23

Yes, many children in India are denied basic education. But one thing the 20 percent of Indians who belong to the "middle class" value and pride in, is education. It is like clockwork. School for many children is like a TV show re-run. Starting with the siren call of an alarm clock and a processed breakfast. Or maybe, if their mother cooks, the paratha (Indian bread) is dripping with love (ghee/butter). They then drag a school bag double their weight to the bus stop, where they...


Published no picture Nancy Saili

no picture Nancy Saili
Member since August 22, 2014
  • 5 Posts

It is evident that the climate has changed over the years and the impacts are being felt all across the world. To address problems caused by climate change in the hope of finding solutions, the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) came up with a decision making body called the Conference of Parties (COP). Since the first Conference of Parties (COP1) held in Berlin, Germany in March, 1995, the COP meets every year rotating among the five UN regions -...

The Good, the Bad and the Racist

Published Avatar Ala Oueslati , Mr.

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Ala Oueslati
Member since April 10, 2015
  • 6 Posts
  • Age 23

On Friday, May 29, 2015, a group of armed bikers in Phoenix, Arizona hosted an anti-Muslim demonstration outside of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. The anti-Islam biker rally was called by Iraq War veteran Jon Ritzheimer in response to a Texas shootout during a Prophet Mohammed cartoon-drawing contest. During the “free-speech” rally, Ritzheimer and his armed fellow bikers raised Neo-Nazi shouts and wore t-shirts that said “support your local white boy”. The gun...

How to Get Away with Murder

Published Avatar Mariel Alonzo

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Member since April 9, 2015
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 19

Chinese Air Pollution

Published no picture chloemills

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Member since May 29, 2015
  • 2 Posts

When I first landed in Beijing it was almost 5 p.m. local time, but there seemed to be a fine morning mist covering the ground. My excitement dissipated when I came to the shocking reality that the fog was air pollution. Under the sweltering sun the smog locked in the heat and city smells of fuel and waste. The sun usually a sight to behold setting in late afternoon was an angry chili pepper red. Locals on the street adorned surgical masks to avoid breathing in the air. One of the...

No more violence, please

Published Avatar Helca , Miss

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Member since May 20, 2015
  • 1 Post
  • Age 18

"No more violence, please, no more violence, please..." she whispers. She is still shaking and she can´t barely talk. She doesn´t understand what´s happening around her. Or maybe she does, but everything and everybody is so confused. People are screaming, crying and laying on the ground. She probably doesn´t perceive it anymore. "Hey, Alycia!" her friends quickly run towards her. They notice she is injured and they try to help her to get some help and mostly, calm her down. The...

If I Were The President Of Nigeria; I Would Light It Up!

Published Avatar Winifred Ahupa

Avatar Winifred Ahupa
Member since April 10, 2015
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 23

Dear Nkem, Congratulations on your graduation from Columbia University law school. Mother told me you were the salutatorian, I couldn’t have been more proud of you, that is pretty huge. How is Chima, Onyeka, your mom and pops? I miss you dearly; I can’t believe it has been fifteen years we last met. We were only nine years old when your dad got an offer to be a professor of African Studies at the Boston University. You weren’t so thrilled about leaving; you said it was...

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