Archive for the ‘International’ Category



Features, Human Rights, International

June has arrived and cities around the world are preparing for their annual LGBT parades and festivities. Most of us are familiar with the gay and lesbian events that take place in our city, but we might not be familiar with the history of Gay and Lesbian Pride month.  It began more than 40 years ago, on Christopher Street in New York City.

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Features, International

by Jamison Maeda

In the banking world, too big to fail has also meant too big to jail. Recently U.S. prosecutors threatened to file charges against BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse, and yesterday Credit Suisse plead guilty to conspiring to help clients hide their wealth in order to evade taxes. Officials have initially reported that fines and restitution for Credit Suisse will top $2.5 billion. 
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Animal Welfare, International

imagesThough the import and sale of cosmetics containing ingredients tested on animals is banned in the E.U., approximately 100 million animals are still used in other types of testing each year.

Testing products and pharmaceuticals on animals is not only unpopular, it’s extremely ineffective. Less than 2% of human illnesses are found in animals. And animal test results and human trial results agree less than 25% of the time and sometimes as infrequently as 5% of the time. 
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International, Worker's Rights

imagesby Jamison Maeda

McDonald’s recently purchased a $35 million luxury jet for its corporate executives. But the life of a front line fast food worker is startlingly different to say the least.

McDonald’s Canada is being accused of forcing five Belizean workers to live in an apartment leased by McDonald’s then deducting rent from their pay checks leaving them barely enough to live on.  “Even if we leave the apartment and go rent another apartment, that McDonald’s would still deduct the rent from our salary,” one of the workers said.
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