Category Archives: Op-Ed

“We’re in for a white Christmas in the mountains”

Diandra Latibeaudiere-Thompson   I beamingly told my best friend as I finalised our bookings for our holiday. Sallanches is a beautiful quaint French town bordering Switzerland, with a constant backdrop of mountains. Of course, one would expect during the coldest time of the year the mountains would be covered in snow. That expectation was sorely not met as we pulled

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OP-ED: Freedom to Offend

By Jordan DEPPIESSE If freedom of expression can cross a line then are we truly free to express ourselves? It is commonly accepted that mocking someone’s religious beliefs is unfair and cruel. It is considered an act of bigotry and hate to use a person’s religion against them. There is a sect of the population, generally secular, who counter this

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OP-ED: TORTURE and MDGs

By Sophie BOURQUIN Torture is a serious violation of human rights as it strikes at the very heart of civil and political freedoms. There are extensive direct linkages and complementarities between human rights provisions and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Indeed common objectives are to preserve and protect human dignity and for each Goal there are often corresponding human rights

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OP-ED: The Masculinists and their Mindless Movement

By Jordan Deppiesse The Men’s Rights Movement (MRM) was established in the 1970’s as a response to feminism [1]. This audacious move by self-entitled, self-righteous morons claimed men were losing their rights because of women’s demands for equal treatment [1,2]. For the sake of the argument, I will refer to these neanderthals as masculinists. Masculinists argue feminism has directly contributed

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OP-ED: Nov 2014

The Ebola virus disease outbreak 2013-14; how did it elude us? How did it get so out of control? By DOROTHY NAKIWALA Ebola was first isolated in 1976 with history only in Central-East African. Since then, there have been numerous sporadic outbreaks in the same region but mostly confined to remote villages only affecting a few people in one or

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POLL

Ebola virus is reported as one of the largest epidemics in history having an impact in multiple West Africa countries and has killed at least 4,922 people (as of 27 October 2014) in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is now calling the outbreak as a global emergency, no longer seen as a distant problem. Some

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OP-ED

Philanthropy and health care By ALEKSANDRA DYSKO Have you heard of Warren Buffett’s giving away 99% of his wealth estimated at $68 Billion to the Gates foundation? This is only one example of philanthropy but there are many other billionaires giving away their fortune towards health care, education, technology and so on… Philanthropy has always had a big impact in

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