Author: Megan Fraser

Fake Drugs Are Stealing Real Lives

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), fake drugs pose a tangible threat to global peace. Fake drugs can be anything from counterfeit birth control pills, cough syrup for children made from opioids, to unethically misrepresented and non-consensual drug trials in developing countries. A report released by the WHO earlier this month explains that “1 in

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It’s A Killer. Period.

Last week, the first death, since Nepal criminalized chauupadi last year, was reported. Chauupadi translates to “untouchable being,” and it is a Hindu practice prevalent in Nepal, where women and girls are exiled from their homes during their monthly period cycles. Al Jazeera reported that Gauri Kumari Budha, a 22-year-old

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The Rise Of The Golden Dawn

On the morning of January 5, 2018, Aljazeera reported a radical increase in the attacks on migrant populations living in Piraeus, a port town of Greece’s capital, Athens.  Some believe that the racially motivated attacks have been carried out by the Greek political party known as the Golden Dawn. Since

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Indonesia And Monoculture

Recently a mass conversion to Islam of the nomadic Orang Rimba (a tribe of the Sumatran forests) took place in Indonesia. The BBC reported this weekend that three months ago, the 58 families that make up the Celitai Tribe of Orang Rimba were loaded into buses, transported to the nearest

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Worrisome Witch Hunting

A vampire scare in Malawi has led to violence, with nine people accused of being vampires murdered since September.  The attacks began in rural areas, but have since penetrated Malawi’s second largest city, Blantyre.  One person was set on fire and another stoned to death. Police have stated that they

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Education Not Mutilation In Masaai Communities

New rituals are being established in Southern Kenya’s Masaai communities to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation (FMG). Although FMG has been formally outlawed in Kenya since 2001, a majority of girls from semi-nomadic tribes like the Masaai and Samburu still undergo the traditional treatment. According to Kenya’s Demographic

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Haiti To Reinstall Military

Haiti’s government is working to reinstate its army after over two decades since it was disbanded following a military coup in 1994. Al Jazeera noted earlier this week that while the plan is controversial, it is popular among some. Others, however, claim it could see a return of human rights

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Alleged Massacre Of Brazilian Indigenous People

An investigation in Brazil has begun into a reported massacre of up to ten members of an isolated Amazonian tribe. It is believed that the indigenous people were killed by illegal gold miners who, according to Al Jazeera,  bragged about the attack afterwards. The latest report of the massacre asserts

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Brutality In Barcelona

Human Rights Groups in Spain are investigating the excessive force used against participants in Catalonia’s referendum Sunday. Al Jazeera reported yesterday that nearly 900 civilians and 431 police officers were injured. Human Rights Watch has formally stated that there are “serious allegations of excessive use of force by police against

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