South Sudan’s Seemingly Unending War

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 to become an independent, sovereign nation. However two years later, in December 2013, disagreements between two former rebel leaders Riek Machar and President Salvar Kirr plunged the nation into what would become a seemingly unending civil war. South Sudan has two main sides of political divide: SPLM,…

Kurdistan: A History of the Middle-East’s Largest Quasi-State

Who are the Kurds? In the Middle East, scattered amongst Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, lives the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region: the Kurds. Inhabiting the mountainous regions along the borders corresponding roughly to the Zagros and Taurus ranges, they are united by race, culture and language, but despite their strong ethnic character and…

Is Birthright Citizenship in Canada Coming to an End?

Since 1947, Canada has offered birthright citizenship. In short, this means that any child born on Canadian soil is automatically a Canadian citizen, regardless of their parents’ citizenship. However, Conservatives are looking to end the practice. The federal motion to do so was accepted on August 25, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The idea of…

Escaping the After Laughter: Our Battle Against Mental Illness

For the pop-punk niche, this title may strike a chord. Yes, it is a reference to the most recent Paramore album. However, this is not a criticism of it. Rather, it is a reference to an article published by Paper Magazine, which I believe provides a refreshing take on mental health. On May 30th, 2018 Paramore’s lead…

Relieving Stress: Meditation Tips from a TYJ Writer

Relax, take a chill pill, and leave all the stresses from your life, just for a moment. Meditate! Meditation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. This is done in silence or without the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes, or simply as a method…

The Failure of an International Commitment to Human Rights

Middle Eastern political analyst Emile Hokayem recently tweeted “Being from, caring about and working on the Middle East is an endless heartbreak,” in reference to reports of the use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. When I first learned that a player in the Syrian conflict, presumably the Assad government, orchestrated…

Pop Culture Icon Hid a Dark Secret: #MeToo and the Suicide of Jo Min Ki

It’s 2018, and the power of the Internet has given rise to social movements and cultural powerhouses. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements started by Hollywood and South Korea are perhaps the most newsworthy in those respective categories, with South Korea even hosting this year’s Olympics and Paralympics. Of course, it is only a natural eventuality…

This University is Experimenting with Realistic Fieldwork in Criminology

It is often said that hands-on, real life experiences teach us much more than a textbook ever will. This is certainly the case for students in Durham University’s undergraduate criminology program in Durham, North England. The university offers its third-year students a chance to participate in its Inside-Out program. In this program, 12 lucky students…

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…

A New Dawn For Canada’s Indigenous Community?

After centuries of enduring unkept promises and what many consider an ethnic and cultural genocide, it seems there is new hope for Canada’s Aboriginal community.  On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his decision to dissolve the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, or INAC, and replace it with two new ministries: Carolyn…

The Complexities of the Label “Refugee”

Today, Europe is experiencing a refugee crisis unlike any other. The world moves with an uncertainty as those in war zones attempt to escape, only to be held in camps that barely even offer bare necessities. Refugees have become framed as those fleeing a war zone, waiting to go home, and causing problematic extra costs…

Finding a Home: The Problems with Current Adoption Systems

Owners of bright eyes and innocent smiles, they are enough to light up any room. Whether it’s a grandparent who just met their grandson for the first time or a friend who needs to be picked up after a fall, children bring joy, comfort, and laughter to millions worldwide. Most importantly, these youngsters represent the…

Pasta, Beaches and Earthquakes: Tremors in Ischia

Monday night, an earthquake on the Italian island Ischia killed at least one, injured dozens. The Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, is in its peak during this tourist season. It is also home to 500,000 locals. On Monday, August 20, 2017, tourists and locals alike were rocked by an earthquake. In…

Violent Ethnic Politics: The 2017 Kenyan Elections

Should it not be a universally accepted rule of any democracy, that losing parties will accept the electoral result peacefully? It unfortunately seems as though power-hungry politicians worldwide are neglecting their commitments towards upholding national solidarity in their own, selfish personal interests. Donald Trump is and will not be the only fanatical crybaby who induced…

Opinion: Where is the Women’s March Now?

I had the privilege of joining an estimated 100 000 people at the Women’s March in London on January 21, 2017. I got off at Marble Arch tube station to walk over to the U.S. Embassy and was immediately greeted by a trail of pussy hats and placards. I followed, tucking my google maps away….

Why We Still Need Affirmative Action

Education shouldn’t be about race. Ideally, education would be about providing every student with an equal opportunity to succeed in their lives; and thus, the acceptance of a student into a university would be based solely on their merit. However, we live in a world of harsh realities, not one of perfect endings. Students from…

The Venezuela Vote: What Happens Next?

Venezuelans are about to make a pivotal decision: fully embrace the authoritarian doctrine of President Nicolas Maduro and his current communist regime? Or fight for a chance at change and political freedom? On July 30th, citizens will cast their vote regarding a redrafting of their national constitution. President Nicolas Maduro has ordered a 545-member constituent assembly by…

Terrorism at its extreme: The Syrian Civil War and its consequences

ISIL was a product of the genocide in Syria. The genocide in Syria was ISIL’s greatest gift and ISIL was somewhat president Assad’s greatest gift. -Al Jazeera Has anyone ever imagined that one day we will open a newspaper and with every turn, with every page, the newspaper will be filled with bloodshed and the…

Is India heading towards a child labor-free society with ILO?

Child labor is a serious and complex problem in India which is rooted in poverty. The position of India in terms of child labor is not an appreciable one, with a credible estimate ranging from 60 to 115 million. According to a Campaign Against Child Labor (CAC) 2001 study, India had 12.6 million child laborers. However,…

Analysis: Terrorist attacks in Tehran

Yesterday, 10 am IRST, 6 terrorist attackers had mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder. Killing 17 people so far. Terrorist attacks are extremely rare in Iran and people are not used to it. Last year, in the Ramadan month, police forces reported…