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?
By Shania Kuo
On the morning of November 9th, the many American citizens who could not stay awake for the conclusion of the election did not know what to expect when they woke up that morning. However, through the restlessness and unease, there was one certain fact. The headlines sprawled across the front pages of news websites and the breaking news of the morning reports all read the same: “Donald Trump Wins the Election.”
Half of America was elated while the other half of America was distraught. Within twenty-four hours of the results, anti-Trump protests erupted in major cities all across America. Such widespread protests are not common in America following the election of a president, and some may argue that the last time such deep opposition occurred was after the election of President Abraham Lincoln. Many protesters outside of Trump Tower in New York City can be seen carrying signs that read "Not my President" and "Love Trumps Hate," among numerous others. Protesters have even gone so far as to sign petitions stating that the Electoral College should overturn their decision. However, such an action is unlikely.
By Shania Kuo
As the election draws closer, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump battled it out in the debates for America’s vote on November 8th. Many viewers across the United States were disappointed by the first round in the presidential debate, held on September 26th. With the recent debates held on October 9th and October 19th, viewers across the United States could not help but feel even more discontent about the nation's future.