The pillar of freedom unites 123 countries around the world in the institution called democracy. Whether each of these countries is truly democratic and whether the definition of freedom is […]
Our first day in Panama, we stepped off the plane and into the synagogue, a large, beautiful building with a wrought iron gate to seal the deal. Of the sixteen of us on the trip, I, being the daughter of an Argentine immigrant, was the only one who spoke fluent Spanish and I noticed many of my traveling companions already felt out of place since every time they wanted to ask for something they needed me to translate for them.
Around the world and within the US, human sex-trafficking is occurring. There are as many as 27 million slaves in the world. 200,000 are American children. We have those who suffer from poverty, unfairly neglected by the government and unable to receive minimal housing, food, and education. Those who suffer from ailments not covered under their health benefits.
For as long as I can remember I’ve known about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Young and impressionable, I believed Palestine was the “bad guy” and Israel was the “good guy”, trying to return to reclaim its rightful homeland. As the years have passed, I’ve become aware that history is no one-dimensional, black/white slab, but rather a multidimensional, multicolored prism which changes in appearance depending on the light.
Mónica Roa is a human rights defender and the Program Director of Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW), an NGO promoting Gender Justice in Columbia. This is a letter written for Amnesty International’s annual Write #4rights campaign, by youth blogger Sofia- calling for Sr. Presidente Santos to address the violence, threats and intimidation that WLW has received because of it’s work with reproductive rights.
Music provides one of the ultimate interfaith experiences; a way of communicating without words, with others you may never meet, but can get to know dearly through their form of expression.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! Many cultures and religions from around the world have their own celebrations. Japan, Grenada, Korea, Liberia, Germany, and the Netherlands celebrate their own versions of Thanksgiving around […]
I speak from personal experience. I have a brother with so-called “learning issues” and although he does have difficulty learning, I don’t think it is so much a problem of his, but a problem of the system. He never decided what way of learning was best for him. My parents have struggled, and are still struggling to fit him into the rigid education system that becomes more stale with each passing year.
At the age of 11, when I grumbled about doing homework, Malala voiced her views on women’s education, blogging anonymously to the BBC about life under the Taliban. She experienced the horrors of having the very thing that guaranteed her freedom of mind, slowly leeched away by extremists.
I believe (as many others do) that as youth, we hold the power to transform the world while maintaining its vital, human essence. Many of my friends and classmates do not feel the need to talk about religion, much less moral issues; in fact, my school does not favor the discussion of religion or politics as such ideas are classified as controversial.