Author: Kathleen Stone

Will The Opioid Epidemic Be the Key To Medical Marijuana?

On May 31, 2018, Illinois became another state, among many in the United States, that hopes the expansion of medical marijuana may help end the opioid epidemic. The law, called the Alternative to Opioids Act, will expand Illinois’s medical marijuana laws to include those with a prescription to opioids and

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DeAndre Harris Found Not Guilty

Months after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left one dead and several others injured, charges have been dropped against DeAndre Harris, a black man who was brutally beaten by a group of white nationalists at the Unite the Right Rally on August 12. A video of Harris’ assault

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Asylum Seekers Jailed In Israel

A first set of asylum seekers has been arrested in Israel after the country’s government made a controversial announcement in November, 2017. The Israeli government broadcasted that they planned to deport around 40,000 African migrants in the country. Those who refused to leave, would face imprisonment for an undisclosed amount

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The Rise Of Neo-Nazis In Poland: An Epidemic

According to Buzzfeed News and Polish news outlet, Gazeta Wyborcza, neo-Nazis from around the world are planning a multinational music festival in Poland honouring the week of Adolf Hitler’s birthday in April. The event originally came to light in December, when a flyer advertising “a night of identity” was posted on

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Marches Against Fascism In Italy

In the small town of Macerata, thousands gathered on February 10, 2017, to protest rising fascism in Italy after a drive-by shooting injured six African migrants. Luca Traini, a right-wing extremist, shot six West African people and was found with copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf as well as white supremacist

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Finsbury Park Attacker Sentenced To Life

On June 19, 2017, Darren Osbourne deliberately drove into a group of people outside of a London Mosque, injuring several and murdering Makram Ali.  Osbourne, of Wales, was found guilty of murder on February 2, 2018, and sentenced to a minimum of 43 years in prison.  During the trial, jurors

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New Tariffs On Solar Panels

The Trump administration has recently signed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines in an effort to promote American businesses. For washing machines, the administration approved a 20 percent tariff on the first 1.2 million washing machines sold and then a 50 percent tariff on all washing machines sold

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Supreme Court To Hear Case For Third Travel Ban

The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear arguments from both sides for the third and latest installment of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The ban, first signed in September 2017 after the second version expired, bans individuals from eight countries from entering the United States and

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Toronto Attack Categorized As A Hate Crime

On the morning of Friday, January 12, 2018, an eleven-year-old girl named Khawlah Noman has claimed that a man attacked her on her way to school and attempted to remove her hijab. Khawlah, a sixth-grade student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School, was walking with her younger brother when she

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Marijuana Legislation And The Opioid Crisis

Once again, the debate surrounding the legalization of cannabis has reached headlines with two very different events. On January 1, 2018, California officially implemented the full legalization of recreational marijuana, becoming the first state to do so. Just days later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened the legality of the law

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Remembering US Civil Rights Activist Erica Garner

On December 30, 2017, United States Civil Right Activist Erica Garner passed away at the age of 27 after suffering from a heart attack the week before that put her in a coma. Garner is most known as the daughter of Eric Garner, whose death sparked outrage after police killed

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CDC Receives List Of Banned Words

According to a recent report by the Washington Post, the Trump Administration is banning the use of seven words by the Center for Disease Control. The words, which include, diversity, transgender, fetus, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based, and evidence-based, were given to the CDC on Thursday, December 14, 2017, in a budget

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Groups Sue Trump Over Bear Ears National Monument

Several environmental organizations and Native American tribes have started filing lawsuits against President Trump and his decision to reduce the Bear Ears National Monument by 1.35 million acres. Five native tribes that have historical claims to the land, including Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe, argue that President Trump is

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Worldwide Outrage Over Libya Slave Trade

On November 25, 2017, thousands of people gathered in Stockholm, Sweden to protest the alleged slave trade of migrants and refugees in Libya. Lovette Jallow, a local entrepreneur and author, organized the main protest in Stockholm, which attracted over four thousand people. Other similar protests occurred across the country. “Open

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Rights Group Call For End Of Greece’s Containment Policy

Around 20 human rights groups called on the Greek government and the European Union to find a solution for the thousands of refugees stuck on Greek islands without shelter before the weather worsens. According to these groups, including Amnesty International, Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, Greek Council for Refugees, and others,

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks In South Dakota

On Thursday November 16th, 2017, about 210,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into Amherst, South Dakota from the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Crews quickly shut down the pipeline and the company, TransCanada claims to be working closely with officials to clean up the area and find the cause of the leak. “The

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Department Of Homeland Ends Temporary Protection Status For Nicaraguans

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a statement Monday, November 6 that the Trump administration would not be renewing the Temporary Protection Status for Nicaraguans— those displaced by the 1999 Hurricane Mitch. After the hurricane, the United States offered Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to 2,500 Nicaraguans and 57,000 Hondurans.

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Refugees Barricaded On Manus Island

Asylum seekers continue to barricade themselves inside the Manus Center after its closure on November 2, 2017. For four years, Manus Island, a former naval base turned prison in Papua New Guinea has caused controversy over the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. The Center opened in 2013,

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No Charges For Michel Temer

On Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, the Brazilian congress voted not to pursue corruption charges against President Michel Temer. The president and his supporters expected the results; over half of congress voted against going to trial and the President reached his required third of congress support in two hours. During the

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Death Toll Rises After Mogadishu Bombing

The death toll in Somalia continues to rise as more bodies are discovered after the terrorist attack that rocked the country. Three hundred people are dead and over three hundred more are injured after a truck bomb exploded in the capital city of Mogadishu. Bodies are still being recovered under

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