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What About All the Missing Indigenous Women?

by Nina Soni ’25

Source: Great Falls Tribune

Indigenous Peoples day sparked a lot of attention to “White Women Syndrome”. Nicole Wagon, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, reported her youngest daughter, Jade, missing. Jade’s body was found later, with authorities claiming that she died from drugs, but Nicole felt that Jade had been murdered. However, no attention was given to the family. In an interview with The Guardian, Wagon said that “it makes you feel like we don’t matter; we’re just a statistic.”

There is a drastic disparity between what the media chooses to cover, and what they choose not to. By breaking the silence the media has over the indigenous women, many lives can be saved one article at a time.

20 Oct. 2021

Economic Strife Leads to Uprisings and Coup in Sudan

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by Madison Li ’22

On September 21, 2021, Sudanese officials reported an attempted coup by military and civilians loyal to the nation’s former dictator, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Bashir had been overthrown in 2019 after the nation faced economic trouble. The government has since been transitioning into democracy.

20 Oct. 2021

Uncovering the Taliban: How They Dispose of the Impoverished

Residents in Afghanistan's Kandahar protest alleged Taliban expulsions from  homes

by Margaret Wang ‘25

The crisis that Afghanistan is currently experiencing is not foreign in the slightest. News companies and the general media have been endlessly reporting about the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the takeover of the Taliban, hoping to show the world the cruel tactics of the Taliban against Afghans.

16 Oct. 2021

Law Enforcement Banned From Using Chokeholds

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by Katharine Zavoda ‘25

Police and law enforcement can no longer use chokeholds and similar carotid restrictions as restraint techniques, and are also unable to enter homes or private dwellings without announcing their presence. There will only be exceptions to these bans in serious cases.

16 Oct. 2021

What to Know About The COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

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by Katherine Zhu ‘25

On September 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for a booster shot. The shot was initially approved a month earlier, on August 23, 2021.

16 Oct. 2021

Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Shakes Melbourne

by Flora Xia ’23

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the Australian city of Melbourne on Wednesday, September 22, shaking people and buildings throughout the region. Two aftershocks — smaller earthquakes that follow the main shock of the larger earthquake — were detected with magnitudes of 4.0 and 3.1. 

20 Oct. 2021

The Taliban and the United Nations

by Eshaan Kapoor ‘23

On September 21st, 2021, the Taliban requested to represent the nation of Afghanistan in the United Nations General Assembly meeting later in the week, hoping to gain global recognition. However, with many of the leaders of the Taliban being on the UN’s watch list, the decision is sure to be uncomfortable.

16 Oct. 2021

The Haitian Migrant Crisis: What is Happening At the U.S.-Mexico Border?

by Ashton Basak ‘23

In mid-September, the U.S.-Mexican border situation escalated to new heights: over 10,000 migrants from Haiti were fleeing the devastating effects of the previous month’s earthquake, seeking asylum in the United States.

16 Oct. 2021

Plans to Remove Troops From Afghanistan, but at What Cost?

Source: NBC News

by Ashka Jani ’22

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan from May 1 to September 11. However, the consequences may be devastating for Afghan citizens.

9 May 2021

Murder of Farah Akbar Sparks Humanitarian Movement

Source: The Washington Post

by Audrey Chang ’23

Kuwaiti woman Farah Akbar was abducted and murdered on April 20, leading to activism and protests for female protection.

9 May 2021

Source: TIME Magazine

India’s COVID-19 Triple Variant

by Meghana Paturu ’22

Coronavirus cases in India have exponentially risen, while a new triple mutant variant raises more concerns for the country.

9 May 2021

Source: NBC News

NFT Boom Takes the Media and Market by Storm

by Chloe Sun ’24

Beeple’s record-breaking $69.3 million sale has brought NFTs to the global spotlight, impacting both art and crypto communities. So what exactly are they?

9 May 2021

Source: NBC News

Prince Philip’s Death: Remembering His Legacy

by Ashton Basak ’23

On April 9, Prince Philip passed away tranquilly in his home at Windsor Castle. His legacy of loyalty and service remains strong in hearts everywhere.

3 May 2021

Source: CNBC

J&J Vaccine Concerns

by Aaron Xi ’22

While the J&J vaccine is now back in circulation, it is hard for many to forget previous federal concerns over vaccine-caused blood clots. However, the vaccine has proven to be effective against COVID-19, meaning the benefits outweigh the risks for many.

3 May 2021

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Source: Forbes

Israeli Oil Spill Results in Diplomatic Mess

by Audrey Chang ’23

Accusations made after 1,000 tons of tar spilled along Israeli coast and $14 million in damages.

19 Mar. 2021

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Source: ABC News

COVID-19: A New Normal

by Michelle Sun ’24

It has been a while since COVID-19 was first detected, and we all wonder: when is it going to end? Read this article to find out what the status is on the possibilities of a return to the pre-COVID-19 era.

20 Mar. 2021

Source: New Atlas

Cuttlefish Are More Intelligent Than We Think

by Elizabeth Yang ’22

Cuttlefish have recently passed a variation of the famous marshmallow test, a cognitive assessment designed to measure kids’ self-control. Having the capacity to pass a test conceptualized for human beings opens up a whole new world of possibilities of these intriguing creatures’ cognitive abilities.

20 Mar. 2021

Source: Variety

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Sentenced to Jail

by Meghana Paturu ’22

On March 1, 2021, a Paris court found former French President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling. After months of investigations, Sarkozy was sentenced to a full year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence. 

19 Mar. 2021

Source: The Scotsman

2021: The Year of the Ox

by Neeharika Beru ’22

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the Year of the Ox. In general, the Year of the Ox represents stability, honesty, strength, and determination. People worldwide are hoping this will come true, especially since 2020 was a brutal year for everyone.

15 Mar. 2021

Source: The Sun UK

Diriyah E-Prix Subjected to Attempted Missile Attack

by Tom Athron ’21

Saudi Arabia has faced international criticism for its treatment of the Houthis in Yemen. With a high number of bombings and civilian casualties, the United Nations has called the situation in Yemen the “largest humanitarian crisis on the planet.”

15 Mar. 2021

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Source: Forbes

Asian Discrimination Amidst the Pandemic

by Richa Chaturvedi ’21

It is imperative to understand that racism is not the solution to stopping the virus. Asian Americans are struggling alongside other Americans regarding the pandemic; therefore, blaming those who happen to be Asian will only cause further violence and hatred, which is the last thing the country needs.

15 Mar. 2021

Source: People.com

Texas Left Shivering

by Emma Mathew ’22 and Arshia Mathur ’22

The devastating winter storm left millions without power, heat, food, and water. The storm also had detrimental effects on COVID-19 relief efforts, disrupting food banks and vaccine shipments. Arguably the greatest disaster in Texas’s history, the storm left the Lone Star State shivering in the cold.

15 Mar. 2021

Source: DW

Dozens Dead After Indonesia’s Sulawesi Earthquake

by Audrey Chang ’23

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake is one in a string of ravaging disasters that have hit the island nation of Indonesia, showcasing the damage of a more extreme climate.

21 Feb. 2021

Source: Washington Post

Why Did the College Board Scrap Subject Tests and Essays?

by Neeharika Beru ’22

On Jan. 19, in the middle of a pandemic, the College Board drastically altered college admissions.

21 Feb. 2021

Source: Fox News

Severe Reactions Put Moderna Vaccines on Hold

by Flora Xia ’23

A pause on lot 041L20A of the Moderna vaccine rollout in California this January heightened public distrust of vaccines, despite recent findings that the vaccines are safe.

21 Feb. 2021

The Global Reaction to Joe Biden’s Historic Election Victory

by Ashton Basak ’23

The amount of global support Biden and Harris have received since their historic election victory signifies a new era in American foreign relations.

23 Dec. 2020

Source: BBC

Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Provokes New Conflict

by Flora Xia ’23

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a nuclear scientist, on November 27 has sparked tension between Iran, Israel, and America.

23 Dec. 2020

Source: New England Cable News

Thanksgiving and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Is it Better Safe or Sorry?

by Michelle Sun ’24

With the number of COVID-19 rising by the day, the preservation of Thanksgiving and other holiday traditions are at risk.

23 Dec. 2020

Source: CNN

Explosive Crossfire Between Citizens and SARS Erupts Across Nigeria

by Skylar Grey ’23

The fight for justice and an end to the SARS force in Nigeria has sparked violence, protests, and a globally trending hashtag.

15 Nov. 2020

Source: Arab News

Large Wave of Protests against Thailand’s Monarchy

by Meghana Paturu ’22

Citizens in Thailand are currently fighting their government for their rights. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkite, the leader of the FFP, is proud to see his people rising. 

15 Nov. 2020

Source: The Article

The Beheading of Samuel Paty

by Elizabeth Yang ’22

Horror swept France when news went around of a French teacher being brutally decapitated this past October.

15 Nov. 2020

Source: SNworks

Worries Over UK COVID-19 Human Challenge Trial Plans

by Audrey Chang ’23

As researchers and experts continue seeking a safe and effective cure to this deadly virus, the ethicality of challenge trials have caused much debate as to whether these ventures are necessary.

15 Nov. 2020

Source: Al Jazeera

Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

by Tom Athron ’21

Armenia and Azerbaijan’s conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which has roots that extend back through history, was resolved on Nov. 11.

15 Nov. 2020

Source: Pew Research Center

COVID-19 Threatens Human Rights Activists

by Jenna Park ’21

Although it’s risky to hold massive protests, it is possible to follow the CDC’s COVID-19 precautions while spreading awareness for human rights.

11 Oct. 2020

Source: The New York Times

California’s Raging Wildfires

by Madhumita Kannan ’22

Only in 2020 would a baby gender reveal cause a whole state to catch on fire and impact the rest of the world. Other conditions, such as strong winds and high temperatures, have fanned the flames, but the fire was ignited by the gender reveal’s smoke-generating fireworks.

4 Oct. 2020

Source: Wellesley College

Making a Global Change: The French BLM

by Meghana Paturu ’22

Even though the tragedy of George Floyd touched the hearts of the American people, it also reignited calls for justice all over the world. 

11 Oct. 2020

Source: Marketplace.org

New Bill Allows California’s Ex-Inmates to Become Firefighters

by Elizabeth Yang ’22

On Friday, September 11th, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Bill AB 2147, extinguishing inmate firefighters’ records and paving the way for them to become firefighters when released.

4 Oct. 2020

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