The US Government just shut down. Now what?

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s Inauguration as President. Thousands are marching in the streets, Congress has run out of money, and the government just shut down. Here’s how it works: each fiscal year, until congress comes up with a detailed budget resolution, federal funding is allocated month by month, through a type…

Dougald: Rhymes with Googled

Leader of Manitoba Liberals Hosts “Reddit Ask Me Anything” In an effort to acquaint himself with Manitoba voters, Dougald Lamont, newly elected leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, opened to himself up to questions from Reddit users. After being live from 9 PM EST to 10 PM EST on Wednesday, he was able to answer…

A Dialogue on Social Activism and Progress

The third Monday of January each year is designated as MLK day in countries who have set aside a day to recognize and remember Dr. Martin Luther King in high regards. His legacy is honored this way, him being a revered activist of social change and opening the doors for many thought provoking conversations in…

The President Who Cried Wolff

Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, has gotten a mixed response, to say the least. Regardless of the claims of ‘fiction’ coming from the White House, it sent ripples through the American populace. Sales have soared since the release of the novel, quickly climbing to the top of the bestsellers list….

Rethinking Disability and Inspiration

Twenty six year old Alex Roca is just a normal young man with a passion for endurance sports, in his own opinion. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, he is set to participate in the Titan Desert, a six-day mountain bike race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. He says his biggest inspiration has been…

The Resurgence of Nationalism: A Social Science Perspective

   The most well-known definition of nationalism was proposed by Professor Anthony Smith (2001) who defined it as “an ideological movement for attaining and maintaining autonomy, unity, and identity for a population which some of its members deem to constitute an actual or potential ‘nation’.” Nationalism, such defined, is gaining momentum globally in the form…

Reflecting on Zimbabwe after the Coup

When President Mugabe’s resignation letter was read by the speaker of Zimbabwe’s parliament, the news ignited mixed reactions. Whereas a section of Zimbabweans hoped this would be an end to an era of massive corruption, poverty, economic instability and dictatorship, others saw this as a mere change of guard. Few weeks after being sworn in…

Trump on Jerusalem: What Happened, and Why It Matters

When Israel was founded, in 1948, Jerusalem was intended to be an international city. Yet, thanks to an invasion by five of the new country’s neighbors, by the time the dust settled, Jerusalem was a divided city. The eastern portion had come under Jordanian control, and the western portion was firmly in Israeli hands. Israel’s Prime…

Happy New Year, from The Youth Journal

Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from everybody here at The Youth Journal! Over the course of the past nine months, we’ve published almost 200 articles, and attracted nearly 9,000 viewers from across the globe. One of the most remarkable things that I’ve noticed in all this is that if you look at the map,…

Millions in the Line of Fire: The Responsibility to Protect in Yemen

In Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, there has been a civil war raging since Houthis rebels took over the country’s capital in 2014. After the president was ousted in 2011, the country became unstable and progressed towards war. With the Houthis being ideologically opposed to many of Yemen’s neighbors, the surrounding countries…

An Open Letter to Andrew Scheer.

When a potential Prime Minister has a problem with upholding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all citizens have reason to be concerned.

Canadian Cellphone Price Drop

We live in a digital world, connected by the device in the palm of our hands. But this can become costly. There is some good news though, for Canadians at least. According to a report from Nordicity Group Limited, commissioned by the Canadian federal government said that lower-tier cellphone plan prices have dropped significantly over the…

Ksenia Sobchak – Opposition Leader or Kremlin Spoiler?

Russian TV personality, Ksenia Sobchak, recently announced her intentions to run for President of her country in the upcoming 2018 elections, as a “none of the above” choice. She is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, former mayor of St. Petersburg, and the political mentor of Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin. When Anatoly Sobchak was wanted…

North Korea has World Backed into a Corner

The US and other world leaders have few choices when it comes to managing North Korea.  Even fewer choices remain when an impulsive American president like Donald Trump calls the shots. Underneath the bellicose rhetoric, incessant name-calling and hostile threats, therefore, lies an incoherent and fragmented foreign policy. Political Amnesia The United Nations Security Council…

SLS: NASA’s New Launch Vehicle may be Too Little, Too Late

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and to do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we…

The Situation in Burundi: Is ICC’s Case Dead on Arrival?

On 25th October 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor was authorized by the court to open proprio motu investigations into the Situation in the Republic of Burundi. Burundi becomes the latest of the sizable number of African states with situations before the ICC. With the inclusion of Burundi, the ICC has investigated 11 Situations,…

(Opinion) Rick Perry: A Reminder That Trump Never Drained The Swamp

November 9, 2017: On Thursday, November 2nd, Rick Perry — the Energy Secretary of the United States — controversially claimed that somehow, electricity created by fossil fuels is needed to prevent sexual assaults in Africa. The full quote, as published by the Hill, can be found below: “But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are…

(Opinion) What School Closures Tell Us About Municipal Politics

Not going to lie, this topic hits me close to home. Despite the fact that I recently graduated from my high school this June, and now attend University, I still find myself bewildered at the fact that the place I called home for 4 years will be gone before I’m done my undergraduate degree. The…

The South Sudanese Crisis: A Comprehensive List of Solutions

The UN has called South Sudan the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945 with 6 million people facing starvation. It also faces the third largest refugee crisis after Iraq and Afghanistan with 1.8 million refugees, with a whopping 60% children. Famine Phase 1: Eradication: It is very tragic that 60% of UN budget for South Sudan is still not…

Corporations Are Stripping Americans’ Legal Rights As Congress Deregulates

On October 27th, 2017, the Starbucks Corporation changed its Terms of Use policy for its customers in the United States. Under the new Terms of Use, by using any Starbucks services, you automatically forfeit your right to join class-action lawsuits and consolidated proceedings. By simply using any of their services, customers of the coffee chain instantly forfeit…

Censorship: A Brief Overview

Censorship, by definition, is the control of information in a society, achieved by officially examining, modifying, and limiting the publication of movies, books, news reports, blogs, social media and other mediums. It is most often used to suppress any idea or content found to be not suitable by the government. Each country has its own…

The Dangers of Overfishing: Environmental, Economic and Safety Impacts

According to the World Wildlife Fund, overfishing “occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction”.  And right now, it causes serious problems, not just to sea life, but also very real economic and social problems to coastal communities across the world. There are billions of people (an estimated 56.6…

Google Proposes a Plan to Make Toronto Smarter

Google intends to ‘fix’ Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. But, this is not the reason as to why Google picked Toronto as their first Smart Innovative City. The reason might not be something Toronto fans look forward to reading about. It is not unpleasant but it is a true focal point for…

Dear Lupita… it’s your fault

Dear Lupita, We read about your encounter with Harvey Weinstein and we are sorry but we just do not believe you despite our best attempt to empathize. First of all, we don’t have daughters, sisters, mothers or other close female relatives therefore you can understand why we find it difficult to view women as human…