By Mikah Covelli
On April 27, 2018, Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in met on the North-South Korean border at Panmunjom for a historic summit that focused on denuclearization, the Korean War, and the reunification of the Korean peoples. During the conference, Kim Jong Un crossed the Military Demarcation Line and entered South Korean territory to greet President Moon Jae-in, becoming the first North Korean leader to actually step foot in an area controlled solely by South Korea. The two leaders shook hands, smiled for the cameras, and much to the globe’s surprise, signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula.
By John Tiberia and Mikah Covelli
Watch out, 4/20. There’s a new date associated with marijuana: January 1st, 2018. On that day, marijuana was officially legalized for recreational use in California. Retail cannabis stores were opened up for the first time in Oakland, California, where scores of people waited to buy their goods. In light of such legalization, one must consider: is this the best move for California right now? What does this mean for New Yorkers? Are our communities next?
Legalization will impact various aspects of Californian life; the state will witness widespread changes in both the economy and society. The boom of the marijuana market is predicted to generate a great deal of revenue for the state, estimated by the Los Angeles Times to reach $5 billion. However, the economic consequences of legalization are yet to be wholly positive. Small pot farmers in California will suffer under legalization, as they face increased competition from large corporations that are beginning to sell cannabis. Unfortunately, their Lilliputian efforts may be no match for the might of gargantuan businesses.
By Stefanie Sadocha
The Times Up movement is being led and supported by women who are role models to many. This group of powerful women includes celebrities such as Katy Perry, Katherine Langford and Emma Stone. Similar to the “Me Too” Movement, the Times Up Movement spreads awareness against sexual harassment. The Me Too Movement gained momentum when victims on social media posted the hashtag #MeToo to let other victims know they are not alone. The Times Up Movement became official on January 1, 2018. Over 300 celebrities wrote a letter to the victims of sexual harassment and published it in The New York Times.
By Matilde Bechet
The governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea are under fire as the remaining refugees from areas of the Middle East and Southeast Asia endure shortages of food, water, electricity, and medical assistance in the Manus Island.
For years, the Australian government has ordered hundreds of asylum seekers to a detention camp located in Manus Island, a province of Papua New Guinea. This process came with the intent to counteract arrivals of migrants by boat, and thus “discourage dangerous ocean crossings and human smuggling,” as stated by The New York Times. However, since the closure of the detention camp on Tuesday, October 31st, uncertainty between both countries escalated over who should claim responsibility for the resettlement of the migrants.
By Ashley Hazan
Politics has become a wildfire. Conservatives and liberals alike have argued heavily about tax reforms, healthcare, and aiding states in need. However, a new conflict has risen to the stage, forcing other controversial issues into the shadows. Football. Many N.F.L. players have decided to protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem at their games. Whether it is a sign of disrespect, or an exercise of freedom of speech, critics and supporters continue to weigh in on the controversy.
Last year, Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er, captured America’s attention by refusing to stand for the anthem. Although this act went unnoticed in the pre-season, many caught on soon after; Kaepernick received extreme backlash from football fans and politicians but stood firm to his beliefs: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Kaepernick intended to use his platform to make the American people more aware of the hardships and injustices African Americans still encounter. Kaepernick is presently not signed to any team this season.
By Mikah Covelli
On September 5th, President Donald J. Trump announced that his administration would begin dismantling Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The rollback of such an important, heavily-relied upon program puts the 800,000 immigrants once protected by it at great risk, as they can no longer legally work in the country, and they face the looming threat of deportation.
By Ashley Hazan and Stefanie Sadocha
People are seeking closure after the devastating losses caused by Hurricane Irma. From New York to Florida, people all around the country have been shell shocked by the category five whirlwind.
The towns that were right in the eye of the storm were destroyed almost completely. Rockport, Aransas Pass, and Port Lavaca are some of the towns that were hit the hardest. People had to evacuate, taking only a few of their belongings. Most of the homes were completely flooded, leaving all of their remaining belongings destroyed. Nearly 7 million homes lost electricity; two deaths were announced in Georgia and another five in Florida.
As of now, the death toll is as high as 59 while at least 500 people are injured. Although police were able to locate the shooter swiftly, Paddock committed suicide before police entry. In his room, Paddock had a total of 23 weapons, which consisted of a combination of rifles and handguns. However, authorities discovered 19 more in his home in Mesquite, Nevada.
By Lena Gluck
The concept of outer space is truly out of this world. It ranges in size from universes to galaxies, solar systems to stars, and even planets, moons and asteroids. New theories about space are always appearing, but one question continues to resurface: are there other places that can possibly support life forms?
By Giselle Grassi
At the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, on January 29th, actors from around the world came together to celebrate and congratulate each other on their successes in film and prime time television at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. During this extremely political time, it seemed that most winners had more to say about President Trump’s new immigration ban rather than their own talents. But should today's celebrities be expounding their political views on live television?