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A resume of Guadalajara: city of contrast

“Three communist groups were established in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico: La Unión del Pueblo (UP), las Fuerzas Revolucionarias Armadas del Pueblo (FRAP) and La Liga Comunista 23 de Septiembre”. Those were the words I bumped into when reading an excerpt of a magazine’s article. This was a revelation — I thought not many things happened in my city.

The city of Guadalajara, located on the West side of Mexico is one of the biggest Mexican cities with a modest population of 1 385 621 inhabitants according to the official national census in the year 2020. …

By Anunita Jena

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A massacre in the town of Solhan, in north-eastern Burkina Faso, murdered more than 130 people on the evenings of June 4 and 5. The disturbing fact of an already-gruesome tale is that the crimes were largely carried out by children aged 12–14, according to government officials.

Armed gunmen stormed the village, shot inhabitants and set fire to their homes. It’s being called the deadliest strike in years, a heavy label in a region besieged by extremists linked to the Islamic State and al Qaeda. …

Whether or not Brazil’s president would dare to go against the country’s democratic rule in the final days of his tenure is yet unclear, but institutions need to be prepared to react

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The image of Brazil’s President Jair Messias Bolsonaro has been notably melting for the past couple of months due to ongoing hearings held at the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (aka. CPI) established at the Brazilian Senate in charge of investigating wrongdoings during the government’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Almost simultaneously, between May and June this year, Bolsonaro was the protagonist in four major motorcycle demonstrations in favor of…

A chance for a sustainable peace

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On July 15, the Taliban flag was seen flying on the Friendship-Gate at the Pakistani border. The Taliban had just captured the strategic border crossing of Spin Buldak. Ever since the US announced its troop’s withdrawal, the Taliban have been relentless in their military offensives, rapidly capturing 148 districts in just three months. The writing is on the wall; Afghanistan’s future cannot be imagined now without the Taliban.

Only Pakistan from South Asia was among the four countries that had recognized the five-year Taliban regime around 20 years ago. Back then, the Taliban had…

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Once upon a time a new class of people emerged. They were scholars and elitists, ‘special people,’ well ensconced in academia, politics, economics and military intelligence. They righteously demanded eradication of current norms and established ways of being. They insisted that prevailing antiquated inferior practices be replaced with new better ways of living. This required a purging of the old system by any means necessary. Accordingly, those who dissented were either re-indoctrinated, thrown in jail, exiled to other lands or done away with.

These notable visionaries pontificated a whole new outlook on life. Society will prosper! The masses will flourish…

COVID-19 Delta Variant Takes Center Stage

The highly-infectious Delta variant continues to spread rapidly throughout the world, even as countries like the United Kingdom this week chose to completely lift restrictions on business and social activities — despite a concerning spike in coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile news continues to break of athletes testing positive for COVID-19 even as the Tokyo Olympics gets underway.

Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the U.S. Centre for Disease Control warned during a White House press briefing this week that, “The Delta variant is spreading with incredible efficiency and now represents more than 83 percent of the virus circulating in the United States…

How Online Social Media Activism fails at creating lasting movements and motivating people to take action in the real world.

As of late, social media has been inundated with a myriad of different social and political movements, springing up and capturing massive amounts of attention as they are reposted and liked by millions of people. This has been by and large a positive change. Whereas otherwise many young people would seldom hear much about more local movements, now pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and Belarus, Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, and the cultural genocide in Xinjiang have reached a global audience. More than ever, youth are engaged in international movements, as instead of having to read dry…

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Over the last 5 years in politics, decades have happened. Politics — both global and national — has moved at break-neck speed. Populism rose from the ruins of the financial crisis, and was blunted by the cruel, complex reality of a pandemic.

In such a rapidly-changing political climate, the pace of change in the atmospheric climate was forgotten — and, at times, denied. But just as politics underwent a rapid evolution, so too did the state of the natural world. What before was known merely as climate change, is now a climate emergency.

We offered respite to our planet last…

Cuban demonstrators in Miami, July 11th, 2021. Courtesy: Luis F. Rojas/Wikimedia Commons.

Thirty years ago, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Cuba to demand democratization after the fall of the Soviet Union. The so-called Maleconazo was swiftly crushed by Cuban authorities.

Today, a new wave of protests grips the nation— only this time, the demonstrators have the Internet at their disposal.

As with Iran’s Green Revolution (2009) and the Arab Spring (2011), the Internet has become a vital tool for Cubans to express their dissent and organize resistance after decades of repression.

The crisis began as early as July 11th as demonstrators in the town of San Antonio de los…

Piezoelectricity is a phenomenon in which mechanical energy is converted to electrical energy.

First discovered by Pierre Curie, the husband of Marie Curie, and his older brother Jacques in 1880, piezoelectricity works by taking an electrically neutral substance such as particular crystals, ceramics, and even biological materials and applying enough pressure to create an imbalance of positively and negatively charged atoms on opposite sides. Under normal conditions, the arrangement of the atoms balances out the electric charge, but under pressure, an electric field can be created because the neutral arrangement has been disfigured, leaving a higher concentration of positively charged atoms on one side and negatively charged atoms on the other.

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