Author: Letitia Smith

The Children Of The Tobacco Fields

Tobacco and cigarettes have affected most people living in this day and age. You either smoke yourself, have friends that smoke, or are assailed by a puff of smoke while walking past someone exhaling on the side of the road. It is easy to know the smokings’ effects, as the

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The Over-Representation Of Indigenous Peoples In Prisons Today

While there are numerous problems in the western prison systems of today, one issue stands out above all, and this is the over-representation of indigenous peoples in prisons. This report will focus only on the indigenous peoples of three countries: the New Zealand Maori, the Indigenous Canadians, and the Australian

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Palestinian Location Named UN World Heritage Site

Following the occupation of the Israeli military forces, Hebron, a Palestinian city located in the West Bank, has been plagued by war for many years. It is the largest city in the West Bank and is known as the Old City of Hebron. Hebron is known for its winding streets

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The International Criminal Court And The Past 15 Years

This week marks the fifteenth anniversary of the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Rome Statute grants the ICC jurisdiction over the following four crimes: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and the crime of aggression. While the Rome Statute was adopted by 120 States in 1998, the

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Raif Badawi Human Rights Activist Serves Half His Sentence

This week marks the 5 year anniversary since activist Raif Badawi was arrested. Badawi, a Saudi Arabian, was arrested for insulting Islam through electronic channels and apostasy. The primary electronic channel was Badawi’s website, Free Saudi Liberals. After his arrest, he was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and 10,000

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13 Marines Killed In Marawi Siege

On May 23, the Maute group attacked Marawi City in the Philippines. Marawi is the capital of province Lanao del Sur, which is located on one of the largest islands of the Philippines. The Maute group is a pro-Islamist faction who allegedly began the battle in order to establish a

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Searching For Syria: Dispelling Myths And Misconceptions

Last week, the United Nations Commission for Refugees, in partnership with Google launched a website: www.searchingforsyria.org, to education people about Syria. It aims to answer questions like what Syria was like before the war, why the war broke out, and whether or not there is anything that people can do

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The Effects Of Prison Privatization And Possible Alternatives

The means of treating offenders has been a controversial issue for centuries. Since the early 20th century, prisons have been one of the main forms of dealing with prisoners. The four main principles of sentencing are deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation and incapacitation. Prisons first operated as a means to deter and

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What The Release of The Chibok Girls Means For West Africa

On the May 6, 2017, 82 schoolgirls, who were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, were released. The abduction took place over three years ago in April 2014 by Boko Haram fighters. These fighters stormed the Chibok high school as the students were preparing for exams and

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Arkansas Executes First Person In 12 Years

On April 20th, Arkansas carried out its first execution since November 2005. Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, originally applied to have eight prisoners executed over an 11 day period. This was to be carried out as four sets of double executions, which is unprecedented in American history, and what Amnesty

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