What Spurs Killings in Central America

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In countries like Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras only 27 % of the youth are enrolled in schools. The average youth in Guatemala attends school now for 4.1 years, Nicaragua is little better with 5.7 years. What kinds of future could this hold for the large youth population in these central american countries? With the drug trade becoming more violent and the trade route staying constant from South America to North, Central America is deadlocked in the middle. The youth in gangs have even...


Gonzalo Rojas, Cervantes Prize-Winner, Dies at 93

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Today the world lost one of it's most beautiful voices. Gonzalo Rojas passed away today at the age of 93. Mr. Rojas spent his entire life dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom, spreading his beautiful works of poetry to everyone open and ready to listen (he was translated into more than 10 languages). Mr. Rojas was a significant and prominent figure of the intellectual world in Chile, publishing such famous bodies of work as "The Misery of Man" in 1948, "Against Death" (1964), "...


Today's Young People and the Future of Religion

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The Montreal Gazette last week came out with an article showing statistics which demonstrate that less and less people are staking a claim to a particular religion. This might not come as a shock to most of you who understand that the more information opens up and the more channels of communication become available, the more outlets people have to feel connected to a group and may not have to rely on religious institutions to fill that societal void it may have in the past. Even more interesti...


Syria and Real Time Events

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As I sit at my computer I am now able to see, pinpointed, exactly where violence is happening within Syria. In fact, I'm able to watch videos recorded clandestinely and uploaded to a website thats available to the world. Because of Ushahidi, we're now able to map events happening in real time, giving others the chance to stay away from danger zones, but more importantly, to know whats happening. How will this transparency change the face of crippling regimes and their previous mentality that...


Beach Paradise or Hell-Hole, in Haiti?

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Whats it like as a young person to live in a village that has no electricity, no school, no job, and frequent crime. Well, its hard to ask anyone on this platform as these young people certainly won't be able to respond, but what do you think the answer would be? The Economist recently ran an article which spoke of just this http://www.economist.com/node/18390094?story_id=18390094, a small town in Haiti named Dieu Moun, which in english means Goodbye World. The young people within this commun...


Groupon and the Developing World

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Most people in the world have by this time used or heard of the company, Groupon. Sure there are similar services throughout the world, but it's my opinion that Groupon will corner most markets and make the biggest impact of them all. So I'm wondering to myself, in this ever shifting global landscape of technology and commerce, how will Groupon integrate itself in directly affecting the social good of the world. Yes I know the service does help in some ways with economic propulsion in some wa...


Should Celebrities Be Doing More? And Japan should feel.

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The research is clear that consumers and users throughout the world pay attention to celebrities http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/online-celebrity-fans-more-likely-to-follow-brands/. Companies are well aware of this information as well, and as such, 4 of the 10 most popular ads throughout the Super Bowl (US's National Football League Championship) were endorsed by "major" celebrities. Now its obvious that these celebrities had an impact on the individuals who watched the game...


As we've all seen through an assortment of media outlets, the catastrophes occurring in Japan are terrific. However, its hard to gauge how young people are directly affected by the events, in terms of there thoughts, worries, or messages to other young people throughout the rest of the world. I decided to interview a close friend of mine (through Facebook) who is currently living near Tokyo, to give this audience a glimpse into the current feelings of a young person who is being impacted in ev...


To Swipe or Not to Swipe

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As I live in New York City, I rely almost entirely on the public transit system. I love the system, especially because I'm able to zone out with my head phones, listening to music and reading something interesting (magazine, book, etc). What also normally comes with public transportation however, are the individuals who need to ride but might not have the means to do so. This brings me to my topic: when is it appropriate for me to swipe my card for other people who ask me to do so when I'm le...


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