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An easy introduction to the genocide that has now escalated greater than the holocaust.

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A welcome reminder encouraging people to ethically protest the detaining of Uighurs without being racist to Chinese people.

In December 2020, the UK chief rabbi wrote a piece to The Guardian, claiming he can “no longer remain silent about the plight of the Uighurs”. Indeed, history has a regrettable tendency to repeat itself, and an atrocity similar to the holocaust is happening right before our very eyes whilst the rest of the world remains silent, helpless, or in some cases, complicit in it.

One thing we must not do, however, is remain clueless about it. So my intention in writing this article is to give an overview of…

Where was the emphasis on support for mental health before the pandemic, and will this emphasis continue once COVID has subsided?

This piece was originally published on COSY.LAND.

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Throughout this past year, COVID-19 has been such a major part of everybody’s lives in the sense that we have had to adapt to a new way of living: 2 metres distance between people, face masks compulsory, only groups of 6, no mixing of households and only essential travel allowed (the list is exhaustive).

So it is fair to say that, a year on, people are starting to reach a limit on how many of these restrictions they can abide by, because as humans we thrive off social interactions with others in our…

It’s okay to set the bar high.

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Photo Credit | The author Allison Gaines created and owns this photo | made via Canva

“Struggle love was an engaging storyline about loving against all the odds. It’s a storyline that made Black women heroes in relationships. “(Eskridge, 2018)

Black women have always been the glue holding the Black community together. Historically, they stood on the right-hand side of Black men as they endured many atrocities — including enslavement, lynchings, segregation, and mass incarceration. And because all Black people suffer indignities because of racism, Black women try their best to hold it down no matter what.

But it’s essential to acknowledge that the ride-or-die mantra encourages Black women to accept struggle love.

I needed to be bigger than the trauma in order to move forward.

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Photo by Christopher Campbell on Unsplash

From a child up until my late adolescent years, I had always been pretty shy. My low self-esteem was a large contributor to my shyness because I didn’t see myself as important or valuable. I often felt ashamed talking to someone new and had a strong preference for keeping to myself.

In high school, almost everyone had considered me “the shyest person they had ever met.” Apart of me felt limited by my fear of speaking up. But the rest of me felt comfortable staying within my safe zone.

Exploring how dictators gain control, and what this could mean in the modern-day.

This piece was written by Hollie Badrock, and was originally published on COSY.LAND.

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A dictator is a political leader with total power over a country, who often rules in an oppressive way. Dictatorships are not a thing of the past — they are still present in countries around the world. In fact, some are even assisted by ‘Western Democracies’.

No matter how democratic they may seem, any state is vulnerable to an authoritarian leader seizing power. It has happened repeatedly throughout history many times. …

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Photo by Bret Kavanaugh on Unsplash

Our confused notions of self cause serious damage when considering people with dementia. Let’s change that.

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Dementia is commonly seen as a disability “strik[ing] at the cognitive capacities which are central to our identities and our sense of self”.

As a result, the way people with dementia are treated by others around them often reflects that they are ‘lost-causes’. They are considered completely unable to reconcile their identity which once existed, and now exist “increasingly devoid of content, an unbecoming of the self”, some theorise.

Even though it is undeniably true that elements of one’s selfhood are deeply affected during the progress of dementia, I’ve often…

Our anxiety is only getting worse.

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I sat down to speak with therapist and long-time musician Bill Harrison about the challenges his clients face during this time of police brutality, protests, and reckoning with America’s long history of racism. Bill joined me over Zoom from his home in Chicago, IL.

Sarah Valentine: What motivated you to become a therapist for artists and writers?

Bill Harrison: Having lived and worked among musicians, actors, dancers, and writers for the last few decades — I played upright bass for over forty years — these are the people I know best. …

How to balance selflessness with self-prioritization.

“Givers need to learn their limits, because takers have none.”

Usually these kinds of middle-aged Facebook mom-type posts on social media don’t provoke anything in me except an eye roll or reflexive scoff to myself when my mom sends them to me, as if I needed to laugh for her sake when she’s miles away.

This time though, I saw it on my Instagram feed, and it literally hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve done my fair share of taking, but the majority of my life I’ve minimized myself for the sake of others, serving as their doormat…

It’s not wrong to think hard work will earn us some reward. But overestimating it can be a problem.

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Photo by Mathieu Stern on Unsplash

No matter how sophisticated our choices, how good we are at dominating the odds, randomness will have the last word.” – Nassim Taleb, Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and the Markets

Leaving university and entering “the world of work” can be a difficult transition for many of us. I may not have the authority or experience to tell people what the right choices are to make now, but I thought I’d share some words on career anxiety, since I, for one, am no stranger to it.

Going to a prestigious university means you often come…

I feel that the BJP neither has any prominent Sikh face to represent it, nor do they have anyone who can show a major one in upcoming elections.

This piece was written by Manseerat Kaur Bachhal, and was originally published on COSY.LAND.

The Indian government is paving the way for corporations to take over the lands of farmers in India. My future feels black. I’m frightened that I won’t be able to do farming on my own ancestral land, because the corporations will force me to sell it to them. We are all fighting for our survival.

Half a dozen of my family members are out there protesting. It’s deeply affecting Gen Z, watching the illegal ways the people we care about being treated by the government.


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