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Empowering Words: From Raped and Abused to ‘Without My Consent’

Empowering Words: From Raped and Abused to ‘Without My Consent’

By Meltem Arikan Have you ever wondered about the act of speaking, about the words we say and their importance? To speak is to reassemble the words stored in our brains in a logical order. Babies lack the ability to create sentences. They must first learn individual words before they can  string them together in [...]

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Ukraine and Syria: In Orwellian Times, Revolution is Imperialism

Ukraine and Syria: In Orwellian Times, Revolution is Imperialism

We live in the times that George Orwell predicted in his groundbreaking novel 1984.  A time of deception, where nothing is what it seems to be. Lost in a deep fog of propaganda that passes for information, we have to decipher through conflicting narratives, where stories are planted to hide other ones. In this fictional [...]

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Human Rights Organizations: Widespread Abuse and Police Brutality in Haiti’s Ile a Vache

Human Rights Organizations: Widespread Abuse and Police Brutality in Haiti’s Ile a Vache

The struggle between Haiti’s peasants in Ile a Vache and the country’s executive branch is not a simple misunderstanding. The peasants have cared for and forested the offshore island to the extent that it has caught the world’s attention as being the most pristine island in the Caribbean. By contrast, Haiti’s governments have made no [...]

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Sanctions Against Russia: Farcical Tantrums from US and EU?

Sanctions Against Russia: Farcical Tantrums from US and EU?

It has been one of the more absurd spectacles since the Russian annexation of Crimea. Western powers, centered around the European Union and the United States, have been waging a sanctions war against Moscow. Both the targeting, and effect, loom as question marks before governments who have been caught off guard by the speed of [...]

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No Rush in Ethiopia to Pry Misery from the Mirage of Capitalism

No Rush in Ethiopia to Pry Misery from the Mirage of Capitalism

By Meltem Arikan I visited Ethiopia for only three days, but that was enough for the cruelty of the system to burn my eyes. Once again I felt the pain within. Addis Ababa is under construction. You see green and yellow striped metal site fences everywhere. For me, there’s a big question whether these new [...]

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