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    Ethiopia’s Refugee Crisis

    There are children everywhere at the Um Rakuba refugee camp in eastern Sudan. Daniel Yemane, 12, is one of them. He fled the Tigray region of Ethiopia after getting separated from his family in the violence that recently erupted there. He crossed the border into Sudan alone.Daniel is part of a wave of Ethiopians who have fled the northern region of Tigray since fighting broke out there in November. More than 61,000 Ethiopians have fled their country, and more than 20,000 of those refugees are at the Um Rakuba camp. Almost a third of the Ethiopian refugees are children, including hundreds who, like Daniel, are unaccompanied, according to the United Nations refugee agency. The conflict is essentially a political one between the current government and the group that was defeated in 2018 elections. But because political parties in Ethiopia are based on ethnic identity, there’s an ethnic component to it as well. For most of the past three decades, Tigrayans, an ethnic group that makes up just 7 percent of the population, controlled Ethiopia’s government. During that time, the country became an oasis of stability in a turbulent region. But the Tigrayans in power also repressed all political opposition, which led to broad dissatisfaction.

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    Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?

    Eight teenagers were recently invited to a restaurant in the United Kingdom as part of a filmed social experiment. After sitting down, each of them was handed a menu with more than 50 different items to choose from and...

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    • Dear Alondra:
      I 100% agree with your post, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry?” because I have craved things off an ad, and any time I go out and eat I chose the item that is similar to it.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers. Even though the teens said they didn’t notice the ads, it was clear that the marketing had influenced their decision-making.” I think this is surprising because usually when I see an ad I just fly by it and I see it but I don’t pay attention to it but later on, I would see things similar and get it because of the craving I got from remembering the ad from before.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I enjoyed the way you wrote, it was enjoyable and straightforward.
      Manuel Cruz

    • Dear Alondra, I am now even more hungry after seeing the image of the burger you posted on, ¨Do junk food ads make you hungry?¨, because as it is I don’t eat breakfast before arriving at school so I’m hungry during class. As of now me writing this I am hungry. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was ¨Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers¨. I think this is a great way to put it because everywhere u see are advertisements for pretty much everything. Thank you for your writing Alondra, and I hope someday I get picked for a food social experiment.

    • Dear Alondra,
      I agree with your post on, “Do Junk Food Ads Make You Hungry? because I can relate to this mostly every day since I work in a restaurant. Advertisement plays with teen’s heads without them realizing how bad it is. This happens to me a lot when I am working I see those ads and start craving them.
      The phrase that stood out to me the most was “Little did the teens know that leading up to their visits, the producers had bombarded them with advertisements for the fried chicken dish—on billboards, in taxicabs, and in Instagram posts made by influencers”. This phrase summed upon how the advertisements play with our heads and we tend to get hungry and end up eating them.
      Thank you for posting about this topic, I enjoyed reading about it. I am looking forward to seeing more posts like that.
      Madram Ahmed

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    Undeserved Solitude

    (Great Gatsby: Nick's poem to Gatsby) I contacted so many who I expected to show.Those who weren’t expected did.I remember the parties full with infinitive glowing stars.But just as when the bright truth like a sunny  day appears they cease...

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    Inauguration Day 2021

    On January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn into office and officially became the 46th president of the United States of America. In his inauguration speech, he spoke of healing the wounds that have America divided. He...

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    China Goes Back To School

    In the article ¨China Goes Back To School" by Javier C Hernandez he talks about although China was the first country to have cases of coronavirus they have already gone back to school. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, maintains that...

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    Your Hair, Your Right?

     In the article “Your Hair, Your Right?" by Joe Bubar it argues that there should be a law passed in all the states of the United States of America that protects the rights of natural hair . They...

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    • Dear Alondra,
      I agree with your post “Your Hair, Your Right?” because hair is natural, I mean we’re born with it for a reason. What they did to the boy is unjustified because he did nothing wrong. They should have just let him put it up, but they really had him cut his hair or he had to forfeit which is absurd. I feel like there shouldn’t be such a rule in wrestling because it’s not like the hair will give you the advantage to win. I’ve also seen a story in the news where a little girl got in trouble by her teacher because her braids were a distraction to the class for standing out. In general like you said no one should be placed in a position such as the young man because of their hair. Hair is a natural thing that should be accepted by society even if someone’s hair is different from yours. Thank you for writing Alondra. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed how well written your post was.
      – Yamile

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    Should Paid Sick Days Be Required?

    In the article ¨Should Paid Sick Days Be Required?” by Patt Murray and James Lanckford it argues whether sick days are paid.  Most U.S. companies offer their employees a certain number of days that they can stay home if...

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    • Dear Alondra,
      I am intrigued to your post and i agree that there should be paid sick days because you mentioned, ”Paid sick days are a benefit that companies of all sizes use to attract the best employees.” In these moments is when we need to get paid for sick days because we are having a difficult times and were not use to this situation.
      Sincerely Rosa

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    When photos lie...

    In the articles “When Photos Lie” by Laura Anastasia and Mary Kate Frank the argument is that when navigating social media we should always take precaution with the images uploaded as they might not always be true. For example...

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    • I really liked this article. I think in today’s world this topic is very relevant and you did a good job picking a relevant topic Alondra. There were two things I specifically liked. The first was the example of the Russian immigrant and her child. This shows how fake photos or “phony photos” as you said could be taken in the wrong context and used in completely wrong ways. The second thing that I like was the part about social media. In our day and age, social media is such a big part of our culture. In fact it is so big that you find more people on it that those who are not. I think it is very important understanding the real and fake. You did a good job mentioning how social media has become a place where fake photos can spread. I think the example of the Kardashians you talked about in the end really exposes that.

    • I think this is a really interesting topic. I think so many young people go on social media’s such as Instagram or Twitter and see all these fake photos. It sets unrealistic wants for young people. I think it creates self-esteem issues and low confidence issues. I feel that if people are going to post pictures that are photo shopped so drastically that they should tell us because it can be detrimental to people who so badly want to look like these fake people.

    • I really enjoyed reading this article. I think it is so easy for famous people or anyone to lie to others on social media. Many children look up to these adults, and want to be just like them. It is definitely hard for children to be like these adults when they are posting lies on the internet. I feel like if many people didn’t photoshop themselves, then many children today wouldn’t have such bad body confidence issues.

    • Alondra,

      I really liked reading about this topic. It really is way too easy for misinformation to be spread on the internet. That being said, how can we make sure we aren’t reading into that misinformation? I would be curious to know what I can do to quickly fact check what I am reading. I’m not exactly jumping to research every image I come across on the internet, and I would imagine others feel the same, but if there were to be some way for people not to be mislead that would be a really interesting story to tell. You could zone in on source establishment and credibility or any bias that sources may have. There are, of course, unlimited factors in this, but you could try picking a few and doing some more research.

      Best of luck,
      Audrey

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    Who should be doing the domestic work in a household?

    In the article ¨Who's Still Doing The Housework¨ by Claire Cain Miller and Chrisanne Grise it says that the old norm and tradition was for women to stay at home, cook, clean, and take care of their children while...

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    • Dear Alondra,
      I am drawn by your post, “Who should be doing the domestic work in a household?” because it’s an argument I’m all too familiar with. I have heard this argument my whole life and agree with you that responsibilities should be shared between both parents and not simply the mother. I also agree with the point of having their kids, regardless of their gender help do household chores.
      One sentence that stood out to me was, “A recent survey from Gallup elaborates that from ages 18-34 both females and males said it was okay for a woman to stay home while the husband worked but not okay if it was a stay at home dad”. I think this is interesting because when it comes to a man having to stay at home everyone is against it and sees it as wrong which is definitely a mindset that needs to be changed.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
      Yadira

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