International

Its Time to Analyze What We See!

       For as long as we can remember, society has taught us about gender. Through a variety of forms of media, we have learnt how men and women should look and behave. Advertisements play a major role in educating society on gender identity. Though this may seem harmless, we tend not to analyze the messages we are told in detail. What is it exactly that we are being taught to think in regards of gender identity? The denim jeans advertisement by Alexander Wang is as example that shows how advertisements corrupt society’s perception of gender identities.

Sexism Sticks To You

The notion that sex sells is one by which nearly all advertising agencies abide. However, in recent years, marketers have begun to take this theory to an extreme. Such is the case with Malaysian airline company Firefly, which received large amounts of criticism after engaging in a distasteful ad campaign several months ago. Of the two pictures which it published, one (posted above) shows the backside of a female flight attendant upon which are imprinted the words "50% off".

The flourishing business of people-smuggling

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In the hope of a better life, thousands of people leave their country every day. The migrant crisis is a worldwide problem that keeps growing. In this climate of fear and incertitude, people-smuggling, which is defined as “the illegal business of transporting people to a country which they are not authorized to enter as immigrants”, is flourishing. As it can be seen in many countries, such as Mexico and Europe, the business of people-smuggling is growing, creating a new problematic for governments.

Countries reactions to Syrian Refugees

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As the increase of Syrian refugees enter in countries around the world, some countries have welcomed the refugees with open arms others have closed their borders. The encyclopedia of human rights in the United Stated states that “a refugee is a person who flees from his country to another, seeking safety and protection from the things from which he fled.” A refugee would like to flee from where they came from because where they are situated is no longer safe for them because of issues like war or persecution.

The Co-Existence of French and English in Québec

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Patrice Bergeron wrote an article for La Presse, a francophone journal, entitled ‘’Le Québec peut aussi parler au monde en Anglais, dit Lisée’’*. This article was published on February 1, 2017, and the following is a summary of Bergeron’s text (http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/politique-quebecoise/201702/01/01-5065293-le-quebec-peut-aussi-parler-au-monde-en-anglais-dit-lisee.php).

In the Name of “Honour”…

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In the Name of "Honour"...

Trump Tells Xi Jinping U.S. Will Honor ‘One China’ Policy 

 

By Mark Landler and Michael Forsythe,

 

Published on February 9th, 2017.

 

Protest for the LGBT- Stand united as One

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On February fourth, news reporter Joanna Walkers from The Guardian published the article “LGBT protest at Stonewall Inn takes on edge amid possible blow to gay rights” talking about the rally of over 20,000 protestors objecting against the policies put in place by Donald Trump.

Romania and Corruption: A Never Ending Problem

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On the 4th of February, Rick Lyman and Kit Giller from The New York Times covered the latest manifestations in Romania that brought the world attention to this subject. Romania, this country from East of Europe, always struggled with corruption problems. Recently, the new government, who has a communist orientation, wanted to decriminalize and protect the ones who corrupted the country. In other worlds, the one in power could steal money from the country and not go to jail when his mandate is over. After this announcement, the population reacted strongly and more than 100,000 Romanian manifested in the square of the capital. Under pressure, the Prime Minister organized a meeting to withdraw this law that they tried to pass without anyone noticing. It was cancelled but it didn’t changed the opinion of the population as a student mentioned, “They lost our trust when they released this emergency ordinance in the night. How do we know it won’t happen again in two weeks, a month? But tonight is a little victory.” This issue, so far from Canada, affects me because my parents left Romania about 20 years old principally because of this huge problem that is corruption and not trustable government. I am here today, with the quality of life that I have because of this issue. I could be one of the students standing tall and fighting for my rights in the manifestations.

Sweating in Sweaters Made by Workers in Sweatshops

How would you feel if you knew one of your younger siblings was being forced into hard labour instead of having a normal childhood? How about not being able to see your parents often enough because they are subjected to intense workload in their factory in order to be able to feed you? It may not be a first world problem but it is obvious that these scenarios are terrible because we all know we would not want to experience such things. So why should workers suffer in factories to produce the goods we buy?

When the Korean Government Forced 120 Women to Become Illegal Prostitutes...

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In the 1960's and 1970s, the government of South Korea illegally detained “comfort women for the United States military”. Choe Sang-Hun, who worked for The Associated Press for 11 years before he became an official Korea correspondent for The New York Times, addresses this issue in his article "South Korea Illegally Held Prostitutes Who Catered to G.I.s Decades Ago, Court Says", published on January 20, 2017.