Author: Jordan Meyerl

Pride Month And Equal Marriage Rights

June is recognized worldwide as LGBT Pride Month. June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots which are largely considered to be the beginning of the modern day gay liberation movement and the fight for equal rights. What followed is now viewed as the gay pride movement, a stance against discrimination and

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Taiwan’s Top Court Votes In Favour Of Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, March 24, Taiwan’s highest court ruled that current laws, which stipulate that marriage is solely between a man and a woman, violate the Constitution, and had “no rational basis.” The government was given two years to amend the existing laws or pass new legislation. In a press release,

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Understanding The Global Penicillin Shortage

In the past few years, there has been a growing shortage of benzathine penicillin G, which treats illnesses such a rheumatic heart disease, syphilis, strep throat, and diphtheria, among others. The increased shortage in recent months has caused global concern. In 1928, Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin, an antibiotic that

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82 Chibok Girls Released By Boko Haram

On May 6, at least 80 of the so-called Chibok girls were released from captivity by Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group. The release is reported to have occurred following talks between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. Before this release, 195 of the original 276 girls were still held

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36 Yazidis Held Captive By IS Are Released

On Sunday, April 30, the UN announced that thirty-six members of the Yazidi religious minority, who were held captive by the Islamic State (IS), are free after nearly three years. It is unclear at this time if they escaped or were freed, and the UN wishes to refrain from sharing

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Tension In Cologne As Anti-Immigration AfD Holds Conference

Tensions rise in Cologne, Germany, where a conference for the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party is being held. It is reported that AfD hopes to gain political power in the upcoming September 24th elections, and is voting for a new co-leader following the withdrawal of Frauke Petry. Petry, who is

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Explosion In St. Petersburg Subway Kills 10

On April 3, 2017, at around 2:30 pm local time, a bomb exploded on a subway train in St. Petersburg, Russia. An estimated ten people were killed and dozens of others were injured. The bomb, located in the third car of the train, was a homemade device filled with shrapnel that

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Trudeau Says UN Peacekeeping Mission Still Possible In 2017

When he first took office in 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed “Canada is back” in playing an important and prevalent role in UN peacekeeping. In August 2016, the Liberal government committed close to 600 soldiers, 150 police officers, and $450 million in development funding for a three-year peacekeeping

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The UK Faces Deadliest Terror Attack Since 2005, At Least 4 Dead

On Wednesday, March 22nd, at least four people were killed and another fifty injured after a terror attack on Westminster, London. The assailant was shot dead on the scene by a protection officer. This is the most deadly terror attack in London since the 2005 Tube bombings, which claimed the

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The Threat Of President Trump’s Reckless Language

To be the president of a nation, one has to be aware of their words and the weight they carry. They are the voice heard around the world representing a nation, dealing with foreign diplomats and political figures, and leading a nation on what is supposed to be a path

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President Trump Releases Revised Travel Ban

On March 6th, United States President Donald Trump released a revised version of an executive order that bans six Muslim majority nations, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, from obtaining visas for a period of 90 days. The admission of refugees is also suspended for 120 days, and the

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Finnish Leader Urges EU To Boost Security, NATO Contributions

On February 28th, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö urged the European Union (EU) to increase their contributions to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and boost security in order to combat political turmoil that is coming from both internal and external sources. Niinistö warns that after a generation of peace, the

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