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May
2015
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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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Features, International

by Jamison Maeda

Gunshots ring out loudly from every direction as a car speeds down the road. A sign on the windshield says “Press” in French. Inside the car are a journalist and two others. The journalist, clearly panicked, watches people running in the street from the rebel army who havem taken over the town. “I don’t know if we’re doing the right thing” she says fearfully. Suddenly the car stops in the middle of the road to rescue a woman and a young man. The two jump in. Deafening gunfire continues as the car stops again and they all run down a narrow alley.  They huddle together beside a wall. The journalist has her phone to her ear. She is afraid.

This scene could be from this summer’s next blockbuster action movie, but unfortunately it is real. It’s a documentary called Virunga about a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The journalist is Melanie Gouby. 
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Environment, Features, International

by Jamison Maeda

In 2010, an explosion on the BP Deep Horizon oil rig off the coast of New Orleans killed 11 workers and released millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This was not only the the largest U.S. offshore oil spill, but the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.

Oil Slick Footprint in Gulf of Mexico

Oil Slick Footprint in Gulf of Mexico

As the clean-up began, scientists noticed that much of the oil was mysteriously unaccounted for. Recently however, studies published by the University of California at Santa Barbara and Florida State University stated that 10 million gallons of Deepwater Horizon oil have created a toxic carpet on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico 3,200 square kilometers in area, or about the size of County Clare.
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