Dáil Debates

Archive for the ‘International’ Category

Crisis in Greece

Jul
2015
02

Dáil Debates, Features, International

Features, Human Rights, International

by Jamison Maeda

Police brutality in the United States is not a secret. The names of black men and black children killed by police officers are known around the world. Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, and more. Black Americans are taking to social media and to the streets to protest police brutality, racism, and white privilege. The majority of Americans no longer tolerate injustice and inequality that were once accepted as a cultural norm.

But as the United States continues to struggle with racism and privilege, and mainstream media amplifies tensions between “Black America” and “White America,” Native American issues are once again forgotten.

There are more than 5 million Native Americans in the United States, and over 1 million Aboriginal people in Canada. Unfortunately, their struggles rarely make headlines, and few non-Native people are aware of the severity of their strife.
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Dáil questions

May
2015
20

Dáil Debates, International, Topical Questions

International, Worker's Rights

by Jamison Maeda

I am an American. This means that I live in one of the world’s largest oligarchies. My country is controlled by a few billionaires, a handful of large corporations, and the politicians paid to protect them. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million dollars in the 2010 American presidential campaign. He is expected to spent the same amount or more in 2016. The Koch brothers will spend nearly $900 million dollars in the 2016 election campaign. And since a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, there is no longer a limit to the amount of money corporations can donate to political campaigns. This leaves ordinary American citizens with little or no influence over what happens in government.
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