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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
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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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