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The White Helmets is a non-governmental organization formed in 2013 in the heat of the Syrian civil war, which describes itself as being committed to “saving lives on all sides of the conflict,” while remaining “unarmed and neutral.” Following the production and release of the self-titled, Oscar-winning Netflix documentary, the White Helmets have been lauded […]
In the 2013 case Holder v. Shelby County, the Supreme Court struck down sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This decision meant that states with a long history of voter suppression are no longer subject to federal government approval to changes in their voting laws. It also made 2016 the […]
In April 2016, the new cruise ship “Fathom,” owned by one of the large corporate players in the overseas travel industry, Carnival Cruises, was released for its first trip ever, to the Dominican Republic. Aboard this vessel were hundreds of customers waiting to experience the joy and fulfillment of combining their vacation with the chance […]
Global demand for seafood has risen steeply in the past decade, with the US alone consuming an average of 5 billion pounds of seafood a year. This insatiable global appetite is leading to mass loss of biodiversity, as well as increased costs to human wellbeing and economic activity. A recent report by the Food and […]
In the United States, upwards of 400,000 rape kits go untested annually, while 63% of all sexual assaults go unreported. For every 1,000 perpetrators of rape, 994 walk free. Out of 1,000 perpetrators of assault and battery, 967 walk free. These figures represent the failure of the justice system in the United States. Despite having […]