The Payback Present

My brother is the lowest scum on the earth, no wait, lower than low. He’s a knuckle-dragging, thumb-sucking, nail-biting slimeball so subterranean worms don’t even dare to wiggle their way so far down! I hate the little creep. “Mom!” I paused, waiting for her to respond to my anguished cry. Nothing. Whatever happened to maternal …

Why the EU condones human rights violations of refugees in Hungary

March, 2017. Kelebija, Serbia. Newly-built Hungarian detention camp for migrants at the Serbian-Hungarian border. Krystian Maj/ Press Association. All rights reserved.On May 23, 2016 Abdullah, a 26 year old man from Afghanistan crossed the border from Serbia to Hungary. He managed to break through the razor wire reinforced border fence Hungary had just erected in …

12 'harmless' comments people make about psychiatric medication.

EDITOR’S NOTE Please see a doctor before starting or stopping a medication. To find out what you should know before stopping medication, head here. If you live with a mental illness and taking psychiatric medication is part of your treatment plan, you might be familiar with some of the seemingly “harmless” but incredibly hurtful things people …

The Secret of Bruscar Skerry

It was the third time he threw his plastic into the garbage instead of the nearby recycling bin that I knew with a sudden certainty that Dave Holden from accounting was going straight to hell. I wasn’t sure what hell, exactly, but whatever his spiritual persuasion, he sure wasn’t bound for paradise. The polyethylene terephthalate …

Identity politics benefits the Right. But not for long?

US President Donald Trump greeted by former US President Barack Obama after delivering his inaugural address. Xinhua/Press Association. All rights reserved. Identity politics has become the driving force of US politics and it has brought along the scourge of ethno-nationalism. But to many of us living outside the United States, it’s nothing new. Take a …

The War Childhood Museum Shares Stories Of Kids Growing Up Under Seige

White ballet slippers symbolize childhood for Mela Softic. She grew up during the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. Her memories of youth are those of war. “Dancing was something that helped me survive [the] war,” said Softic, who was 8 years old when the war broke out in Bosnia and Herzegovina in April 1992. The …

Will Salvini copy Orbán in the fight against NGOs?

Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini June 2018. Zucchi/Press Association. All rights reserved. Viktor Orbán’s battle against NGOs and Soros is well known, as is his admiration for some of Putin’s policies and for his model of ‘sovereign democracy’. In June 2017, the approval of a law providing for a special register for some NGOs …

A Silicon Valley Success Story Reveals Her Tactic For Capturing The Attention Of Male Investors

Jess Lee is a partner with the legendary investment firm Sequoia Capital. But prior to that, she not only helped grow Polyvore, an online community that coupled e-commerce with users’ creativity but also orchestrated a successful acquisition by Yahoo to the tune of $200 million.  However, before she was a familiar name to Silicon Valley dealmakers, she …

Serena Williams just exposed one of the most sexist double standards in all of sports.

Serena Williams doesn’t lose very often. So, it’s fair to say anytime someone gets the best of her on the tennis court, it’s newsworthy. And people were rightfully praising 20-year-old Naomi Osaka for her shocking upset during this past weekend’s U.S. Open. However, the match has been tainted by charges of sexism and unfair conduct …