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Flowers
13. December 2018 at 09:02
by Malik Saad
This article is based on the status of women in our area. The enchanting scene of flowers in the deserts is eye caching due to the blending and contrast of the colors. The Kaleidoscope of desert would never pass into nothingness because of fascinating and vivid colors of flowers. It is the mystic phenomenon of nature.
As I think, children are flowers due to their attraction to every eye. We should care them because some cruel savages are crushing them for their fallen desires. Further, in a flower, the petals are harmoniously arranged along with the stem and other parts to make the flower beautiful. Similarly, we should keep up an internal harmony, by balancing activities of our body, and mind.

The flowers also stand for innocent children who had to undergo the crushing circumstances. The children are being burnt and ruined by the power-drunk crazy cruel. Bewildering sight of every place is still without flowers. Flowers keep the humans spell bound because body is valueless without soul. Flowers bring about bliss for both body and soul.

When I dived into the topic, I realized that woman is also the most beautiful and magnetic flower of this world...
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Teenage Pregnancy in Nigeria: Implication for policy
11. December 2018 at 09:04
by Victor Oyelade
According to a 2013 report by Demographic and Health Survey, in Nigeria an estimated 23% of women aged 15-19 years have begun child bearing, of which 17% have had their first child and 5% are pregnant with their first child.
10% of teenagers in Nigerian urban areas have begun childbearing and 32% in the rural areas. Even, our urban areas are no longer safe from the shackles of Teenage Pregnancy. These figures have jumped in recent times due to factors like increased rape due to poor legislation, poor knowledge on contraceptive use, Lack of parental care in the family, polygamous family system, high rate of illiteracy and child marriage, to mention a few.

Funmilayo is the typical, prospective and promising 15 year old teenage girl raised somewhere in the Oluyole local gov`t area of Ibadan, in the South Western part of Nigeria until the worst happened! She was with child, a young barman in the street was the culprit. Her education was compromised, the culprit himself needed material assistance, raising a family was out of the equation. Funmilayo had to drop ...
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Comprehending Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
09. December 2018 at 09:00
by Tochukwu Benedict Ezeifekwuaba
Sexual violence has been firmly placed in the internal theme of the humanitarian community. Regardless of the commendable advances in both practice and policy, there is still a continuous gap between the reality in the field and what is recommended.
In this Research Paper, It is emphasized that, despite the intense obstacles of working in a humanitarian emergencies, the deeper understanding of sexual violence in times of conflict is watered down to such a level that it hinders significant humanitarian Action.

Firstly, the humanitarians reductionists approach towards sexual violence not solely disregard survivors/victims other than the stereotypical but also prevents perpetrators from questioning and the international humanitarian community itself in which vast sexual violence depoliticisation has erased the connection between violence and gender inequality.

Secondly, the Humanitarian International Community has placed itself as the western, white, heroic safeguard of vulnerable girls (and not boys and men) and women– a narrative that solely increases power differences be...
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A look at Christopher Nolan’s twenty Hollywood Years
08. December 2018 at 09:02
by Muhammad Farooq Rasheed
Actors and singers having a global fan-following is a norm but if a film-maker is popular in the public domain, there is something to ponder here. Well, it is true for the British-American Hollywood director/producer Christopher Nolan who is among the most acclaimed and influential filmmakers of the 21st century.
This 30th July marked Christopher Nolan’s 48th birthday. This year will also accomplish his twenty years as a remarkable Hollywood director. The kick start to his career was his 1998’s self-budgeted and self-funded film “Following”.

This black and white film was made unlike all the traditional methods of film-making. The cast which was Nolan’s personal friends came every Saturday to shoot the scenes assigned to them and brought their own lunch with them. The film took over a year to accomplish and then was rejected by the Britain authorities to be premiered. Nolan had to turn towards the U.S where he got the license to release his film at a festival.

The next work that came out was “Memento”, a movie that was later copied by Bollywood(as usual) by the name “Ghajni”. After that, ...
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Filter by Filter
06. December 2018 at 09:00
by Bianca Ysabelle Baldemor
“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” Media is pervasive, and as time progresses, it appears to infiltrate our ideology and mind-setting, thus leading to an increasing influence to a chunk of our everyday actions.
This power encapsulated by media is often an end toward which politicians’ efforts are directed, using media as their instrument for their pursuit of prestige or self-preservation. Apparently, like what Andrew Heywood remarked, the media now constitute much more than a channel of communications; they are part of the political process itself, affecting, and not merely reflecting, the distribution of power in society at large.

The first step in dissecting media and its mobilizing power in the Philippine context is through a thorough analysis of the intricate framework of policies and structures via the “propaganda model”.

Advanced by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, the Propaganda Model is an analytical framework that attempts to explain the performance of media in terms of the basic institutional structures and rel...
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Endo contractualization: PH's ball and chain?
03. December 2018 at 11:23
by Bianca Ysabelle Baldemor
This debauched contractualization scheme is the country’s ball and chain, the burden and hindrance that ties the country down and prevents it from having a rather equitable work arrangement. It misleads not only the Filipino constituents, but also drives down the entrepreneurial worldwide competencies of the Philippines.
Harping on his campaign pledge, President Duterte has issued a stern warning to businessmen practicing “endo”, the colloquial term for contractualization, an illegal hiring system which denies workers of regular employment. Under the law, a worker who completes the six-month probationary period qualifies to be a regular employee, who is entitled to benefits like vacation and sick leaves, maternity leaves, social security, health insurance, and retirement benefits. However, many companies deliberately skirt this regulation by limiting the duration of employment contracts of workers to fewer than six months.

Endo is our employment system’s ball and chain, the burden and hindrance that ties the country down and prevents it from having a rather equitable work arrangement. President Duterte must cease the country's abidanc...
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Humans Vs Humanoids
03. December 2018 at 11:20
by Siddiqa Magar
Artificial intelligence is one of humankind’s truly revolutionary endeavours. As AI becomes more sophisticated and its ability to perform human tasks accelerates exponentially, we're finally seeing some attempts to wrestle with what that means, not just for business, but for humanity as a whole.
Faced with automated future, what moral framework should guide us? Optimizing logistics, detecting fraud, composing art, conducting research, providing translations and what not, intelligent machine systems are transforming our lives for the better. But the question is getting better by how far and to what extent?

The rudimentary form of algorithmic optimization for content and other numerous tech addictive methods are the new frontier of human dependency. When used right, this could evolve into an opportunity to nudge society towards more beneficial behaviour. However, in the wrong hands it could prove detrimental by directing human attention and triggering certain actions. These actions can compel us to think “are we heading to be a cyborg?”

Stacking information in an intently nuanced way with oligarchs under control h...
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Iron Fists in Velvet Gloves
02. December 2018 at 09:01
by Bianca Ysabelle Baldemor
Now that the similarities between the strongmen Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte are getting clearer, it is now the duty of the Filipino constituents to heed these lessons and raise social and political awareness before we spiral down to another probable doom.
Media is pervasive, and as time progresses, it appears to infiltrate our ideology and mind-setting, thus leading to an increasing influence to a chunk of our everyday actions. This power encapsulated by media is often an end toward which politicians’ efforts are directed, using media as their instrument for their pursuit of prestige or self-preservation. Apparently, like what Andrew Heywood remarked, the media now constitute much more than a channel of communications; they are part of the political process itself, affecting, and not merely reflecting, the distribution of power in society at large.

What happens when the information distributed by this ‘media’ is distorted? The consequence is misinformation, misguidance, and, consequently, ideological manipulation. But what would be our defence against the distorted cud...
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Let the Sun Shine
01. December 2018 at 09:00
by Muhammad Bilal Tahir
Mental Illness is something greatly ignored. Lets use the art of poetry to expose the villains who cause mental illness. Lets use it to fight against mental illness
Let the sun shine and I will be fine
I will wake up forgetting all the tensions from last night
I will hide all the pain and get out of the bed
I will fight the anxiety and smile
Let the sun shine and I will be fine

I will be targeted by the society again
I will get made fun of for my silence again
I will listen to all the taunt again
But I will look at the shining sun and forget it again
Let the sun shine and I will be fine

The sun will go down again and I will be in pain
my pain, hard to be healed
I will get back to the bed
With a broken heart
my heart, missing someone again
With the taunts that I heard from my own people
people who denied to believe me again
Let the sun rise again and I will be fine again
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The Change I want to make
30. November 2018 at 09:02
by Safiullah Shaikh
‘If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’. Give them books and an open sky to fulfill their dreams and observe the revolution they will bring into evidence.
Give them books, and an open sky to fulfill their dreams. Give them hopes, not husbands. This is the reflection of intuitions that keep hovering around my mind. This invasion that I want to remove from my society has become my ulterior motive.

Prey them with books and education not with their spouses. Let them be the victim of their knowledge not the victim of early marriages. Thousands and thousands of girls desire to breed their souls with the magic of proselytism. Thousands of them relish to foster their lust for knowledge. And thousands of them crave to bring into evidence their true identity with the aid of education but how many of them eventually get what they want is a question that needs to be ponder over and the worst part is that those number in thousands only get deprive of education rather than being fed on their dreams. ...
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Mental Illness Among Kids and Teenagers in South Asia - A First Hand Perspective
30. November 2018 at 09:01
by Muhammad Tahir
This article provides the author's point of view and observance of how mental illness grows in South Asian Society. It shares the background of mental illness and how it grows in South Asian society. Furthermore, the article suggests some solutions to fight mental illness in South Asia.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental illnesses are health conditions that lead to extreme changes in one’s thinking, emotions, and behavior. Some of the most common reasons for mental illness include distress, family problem, workload or work problems, bullying, and other social problems. Serious mental illnesses can lead to self-harm or even suicide.


Background of Mental Illness in South Asian Society
Mental illness does not become a reality overnight. It is a thing that develops in humans when they continuously face stress, bullying or any other problems that lead to depression. In South Asian countries --India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc-- mental illness is considered a “myth.” It is not taken seriously which causes many people to fight depression, anxiety, and other types of men...
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Still The Way .... Fake Feminists
29. November 2018 at 18:06
by Hira Naz
The cold spell of the freezing winter was disturbed by the sudden erruption of gun shots at the far end of the valley. Irritated but not surprised I instantly knew a baby was born somewhere and obviously a boy. Celebrating the joy of having a new baby in such zelous way,as far my knowledge, has never been portrayed on having a daughter. When asked I recieved in one or the other way this same response;"this is the way things are, it is a ritual".
On countless other occasions like this I wonder about the rapidly growing developments in science and technology, Human rights,living standards and yet each time it takes me by surprise when I realize that at some point deep down the deepest part of our existence this still is the way things are.

It is with no doubt a fact that feminism has,in the recent years,gain notable support and uplift at various levels and forms. This however can never veil the very prominent aspects of human society that at basic level portray inferiority of females. Females, for example,are seen serving in almost every possible profession around the globe but their pay is less compared to males in most professions.

Females do stand boldly in media and film industries but unspoken rules pose more hurdles and standards for them comapred to males, they ar...
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Ecstasy through Empathy
29. November 2018 at 18:03
by Bianca Ysabelle Baldemor
With all these grinning going on in the world, it really does beg the all-important question: Is smiling contagious? Have you ever wondered how you could make someone’s day instantly better? Do you think of doing extravagant things such as treating that person his or her favorite food or maybe as simple as cracking a corny joke?
Actually, there is an infinite approach to transmitting happiness. But, do you know what the simplest way to make someone happy is? Without the use of money, the use of too much effort, the use of too much time, or whatsoever? Or do you even think that would be possible?

Tons of ways have been given on how to make a person happy. But certainly, the best is the simplest one. The easiest yet most effective way to spread glee is through smiling. Smile and the whole world really does smile with you. There’s science behind it.

Picture the scene: You’re walking down the street, minding your own business when a stranger passes you by. They don’t say anything at all, but they do give you the smallest, briefest smile. In an instant and almost unwillingly, you’re doing the same thing. Had this ever happened to you? Wit...
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For God's Sake..!
29. November 2018 at 09:08
by Apurva Mane
"He was not on the Cross of the Christians. I went to the Hindu temples. In none of them was there any sign... I went to the Kaaba of Mecca. He was not there. I asked about him from Avicenna the philosopher. He was beyond the range of Aviccena... I looked into my heart. In that, his place, I saw him. He was in no other place.."
A multicultural society doesn't reject the culture of the othet but is prepared to listen, to see, to dialogue and, in the final analysis, to possibly accept the other's culture without compromising it's own. - Reuven Rivlin.

This makes me ponder in what culture are we living in? Is this the world our progenitors fought for? Do we (cordially) accept others' cultures? I don't think so! Our great progenitors configured a flawless concept several years ago called religion to recover faith, to learn humanity, to have hope and inner peace, to become humane. Even there was disparity in the names of cultures they developed; the preaching was same of all and they lived happily accepting the disparities. Then what has happened to the world that had religion as humanity it's metaphysic once; now has the brutality?

I feel like our culture ha...
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Globalization – Negative or Positive
29. November 2018 at 09:06
by Tochukwu Benedict Ezeifekwuaba
What is Globalization? Globalization has become an overused expression. However; users of the term disagree violently at times of its repercussions. Many believed that it can potentially lift and that it has lifted a lot of individuals out of poverty completely.
Does it entail the integration of cultural, political and economic systems around the globe? Does it entail that individual nations will not be capable to trade decisions or carry out business on their own but will have to consult other nations? Does globalization entail being able to discover same restaurants and stores in every part of the globe? If these are the realities of globalization, what forms of effects will it have on the manner we live? Indeed; the broad principle of globalization intensifies more controversial issues and various questions.

Some argue that globalization is negative such that it compels poorer nations of the globe to carry out whatever the big developed nations tell them to do. Other says that globalization is a positive development such that it will provide more jobs and give rise to new industries in the ...
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Love and compassion
28. November 2018 at 09:05
by Imran Ali Laulai
A world with loving, compassionate people will make for a better, caring, and encouraging society. These acts of kindness can keep yourself, help you protect other people, and boost others and one’s self confidence. Evidence from Night, Flowers For Algernon, and The Fault In Our Stars can support that love and compassion are, in fact, necessities and not luxuries.
Dalai Lama once said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” This quote explains how these feelings are just apart of humanity, not inessential. This is a paramount topic because love and compassion are what is needed to get through daily life. One should take this quote seriously because these feelings can help get through life with a positive attitude that can lead to success. Using evidence from Elie Wiesel’s Night, Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon, and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, we will understand why love and compassion are so important.

While some may believe that love is not an essential to humanity, we can see here that it is the very reason why Elie Wiesel survived. The book Night tells Elie’s personal story of going through a...
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Examining the Environmental Laws in Africa: Nigeria as a Case Study
28. November 2018 at 09:00
by Tochukwu Benedict Ezeifekwuaba
Environmental Degradation has consistently resulted to undesired obstacles for economic and health development in Nigeria. Some of these challenges entail pollution, deforestation, improper pesticides and Global Warming. Despite the Environmental laws aimed at minimizing these challenges, the condition in Nigeria tends to degenerate as a result of the fact that these laws are not enforced effectively.
The purpose of a good and conducive environment cannot be given too much attention and importance. Environmental Laws occurs so as to reduce the threatening environmental challenges which occur from human exercises in the search for economic development and growth. The essence for environmental laws and regulations emanates from the fact that it brings about enhanced health and ensures favorable living conditions.

Although, the significant environmental challenges in Nigeria which entail deforestation, oil spillage, ozone layer depletion, associated soil zones, acid deposition, desertification, pollution, global warming among others occurs as a result of the poor enforcement of environmental laws. This unyielding desired results or incompetence is as result of some obstacles of enforcement which varies from conflicts role in corruption...
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Is time travel possible?
27. November 2018 at 09:11
by Tajdar Adil Ali
The world is mostly dependent on time ,and every action is done or rejected in accordance with time.Resembling this the main thing concerned with it ,that is being focused is all possibility of Time travel. Is time travel possible?
The great 20th century scientist Albert Einstein developed a theory called Special Relativity. The ideas of Special Relativity are very hard to imagine because they aren't about what we experience in everyday life, but scientists have confirmed them. This theory says that space and time are really aspects of the same thing—space-time. There's a speed limit of 300,000 kilometers per second (or 186,000 miles per second) for anything that travels through space-time, and light always travels the speed limit through empty space.

Special Relativity also says that a surprising thing happens when you move through space-time, especially when your speed relative to other objects is close to the speed of light. Time goes slower for you than for the people you left behind. You won't notice this effect until you return to those stationary peo...
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Why you should attend the Youth Connekt Africa Summit
27. November 2018 at 09:11
by Okash Mohamed
Youth Connekt Africa is an annual international summit which was launched in 2017 by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Originally, the summit was on a national level to create jobs for the young people, change their mindset, provide training and mentorship opportunities for start-ups, to pitch business ideas, and to build a networks since then in spirit of pan Africanism, Rwandan young people and their Government realised to expend the scope of youth Connekt and build youth Connekt hub in Kigali for all the whole of Africa and beyond the continent.
The second edition of youth Connekt Africa took place in Kigali Conventional Centre on 8-10 October 2018 under the theme of “Connekting Youth for Continental Transformation”. The summit hosted approximately 2,800 delegates from 90 countries with the launch of Youth Connekt Hub. I had the privilege to be among those young people who attended this developmental youth platforms which opened my mind and the mind of thousands of people.

Youth Connect Africa Summit is a life-changing platform for the young people in the continent, Africa, and beyond. The summit was discussed the most pressing and potential areas for Africa, and how the young people should provide a solution for the gaps in all spheres of people’s lives. For the three days of the summit, the notion was what the young people can do for African to transform a...
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Dada: A community buried in its own death
26. November 2018 at 09:03
by Abiodun Jamiu Sulaiman
One could begin with the flies, smells of rotten food, remains of emptied bowel or a community hounded by questions of abandonment. Like the hustle and bustle of Lagos tripartite statue , its mightiness welcomes strangers and bid farewell to residents; its overpowering stenches of treachery debar the community from unraveling her potentials. Such is the plight of people living in the rural part of Nigeria where open spaces receive the blessings of the bowel, and culinary waste find solace in the open field at the backyard
Like many communities in the suburbs of Ilorin, Dada is a community famed for her pottery and artistic exploits - a standing wonder of the early centuries. However, the debacle of open defecation and dearth of a proper sewage system remained the eyesore of the community; in lieu of toilet, residents use open field to dispose waste.

Although this has often been attributed to poverty that makes it a challenge to build toilets, government indifference in providing waste management facilities has been instrumental in the environmental apocalypse the community is deeply enmeshed.

One of the days this reporter visits, he walked through the visibly boulevard of dirt blowing freshness of dirts that remain the symbol of the community - a prolonged agony weeping for rapid response amidst domestic waste and smells that hem the community.


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Mid-Term Elections: A win for Political Liberalism
26. November 2018 at 09:03
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr.
Rather than argue to the obvious, it is best infer absolutely that the mid term election was a perfect score card expressing not just the views of the majority but also in every sense admitting the flaws of the present. By admittance, it clearly gave in to political liberalism predicated on the theory of equity, fairness, and justice among people. Abhorring racial bias, hate, bigotry, anti-semitism as well as alt-right principle.
The concept of justice is never a precept of the good, but rather, a leanings of liberals. All over the world, the political philosophy of liberals has always been skewed towards the yearnings, aspirations, and anticipation of the people, allowing for equal distribution among shared resources and national values. Given absolute credence to representative democracy and the rule of law, liberalism remains a social ethical construct that sought to entertain a structured society through the substitution of absolute monarchy, divine rights of kings, mercantilism, royal monopolies,traditional conservatism among other native environmental inclined constructs prior to the Age of Enlightenment.

John Rawls in one of his book, "The Theory of Justice", explains the moral ethical philosophy of distributive justice in line with a well orde...
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Era of ostentatious Jamboree
25. November 2018 at 20:30
by Abiodun Jamiu Sulaiman
If a child did not witness a story, he would, with no iota of scepticism, listen to narrations. I might not witness the much appraised administration of Comrade Idris Maibasira, but the emblazoning of "God, thank you for blessing us with Maibasira" on the wall of most lecture halls depicts the efficacy of his administration; hence, the ennobling of his personae in a warmth compartment in the heart of many a student and the rising euphoria and demand for a continued legacy through one of his kinsman, one famed for his ubiquity - Aluta Radio, Comrade Ibrahim Shehu Kalgo.
It is believed that "to whom much is given, much is expected", Kalgo administration at its threshold was greeted and welcomed by optimism. And the belief that he would surpass his 'Boss' filled the air, much more he is determined to inscribe an indelible mark like the freshness of an early morning breeze.

However, the ruin of a land and its people begins in their homes. The threshold of his backlash began with misappropriation of priorities, a myopic eyes blinded from her people needs, but seek costless fame - first, elongation of Jatau bridge when some hall of residences were short of water supply.

Without hesitating to slit truths by the throat, Kalgo administration is/was an era of ostentatious jamboree, seeking flimsy popularity with myopic policies that are blind of students welfare. The elongation of Jatau bridge, a...
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"Simple Common Sense" is lacking in today's science
25. November 2018 at 20:26
by Omkareshwar Jha
Well a big trouble right, simple Common sense is lacking in most of our organizing bodies. The basis of hungry thrust and survival instincts forces us to hunt and the same we are doing right now.
The basis of science must not put on destructive foundation pillars. I'm saying so mostly in terms of technology well now most of young people's will deny my statement and older will show concern. I'm 21 living in the same world. But when you start questioning there's no age limit to get answers.

Technology solves problems and that's great but if same technology is not developed in tune up with the nature it destroys lives. I wanna draw your attention to few Things:
* Are we lacking underground water reservoir.
* Are we lacking in controlling pollution & plastic.
* Do we all agree upon our education system. Is it really developing our true selves.
* Do all faces seems happy or troubled around you.
* Are we using technology to really get connected to the globe Or we are loosing people's in front of our eyes.
* We are making ...
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Active Euthanasia - A moral conundrum
14. November 2018 at 20:56
by Ashna D
In the light of the recent judgement of Common Cause v Union of India, various opinions surrounding the moral debate on euthanasia were brought to the forefront. While holding that every individual has a Right to Die with Dignity, the Apex Court laid down the law relating to the legalization of the practice of passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia however, still remains illegal.
From a moral point of view, individuals are mostly in favour of passive euthanasia, and against active euthanasia. Is there an actual difference? This article seeks to clear the air around this moral conundrum of active versus passive; crime versus act of benevolence.

An act that intends and results in death is almost always viewed as a gross miscarriage of justice. However, the popular debate where individuals find themselves morally inclined towards the practice of passive rather than active euthanasia is one filled with ambiguity and confusion. This article shall attempt to do away with the popular moral justification that passive euthanasia receives over active euthanasia (herein referred to as euthanasia). To clarify, it speaks of voluntary active and passive euthanasia at the request of the patient when death is imminent. Morally...
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Letter To The Men and Women of Our Society
14. November 2018 at 20:53
by Idiongomfon Clement
Are young men feeling intimidated by the series of #MeToo 's? Conforming to the standards of the society makes as person less of a sociopath, having more of self-respect and respect for others, and especially in the contemporary society. The society has been so defined in a way that in fact, it dictates our very thoughts. Though it is often said, 'actions speak louder than words. Arguably, you can't act what you've not thought on no matter how quickly the response
The constructivism of the modern society resulting in the wake for gender equality have produced lots of deontology for humans. In certain societies, where women were being seen as less superior to men, are having some ideological revolution toward the equal inalienable right of all men. Saudi Arabia previously never did let women on wheels nor to cinemas. Some
Islamic states never let their women neither work nor be seen in the public. In the West, work-pay inequalities and differences in retirement ages for men and women were quite profound and are being addressed.

Gender equality, a state of equal ease of access to resources, participation in economic, political, decision making, respect of views and maintenance of sex-reciprocal sanctity. It is not pretending that men and women do not exist but rather acknowledging what eac...
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Parliamentary Elections; another Test for Afghan Precarious Democracy
14. November 2018 at 20:48
by Abdullah Abed
I am submitting my article about Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary election which has been dated for October 20 exclusively for International Youth Journal. it is my pleasure that you are taking it into consideration for publication.
By holding long delayed parliamentary election on October 20, Afghanistan is going to shape a new chapter in its recent political arena.

Based on Afghan constitution parliamentary election should has been held in 2015, but due to 2014 controversial presidential elections which coincided withdrawal of huge portion of international forces from Afghanistan, then newly elected president, Ashraf Ghani extended the current parliament period by issuing a legislative decree.

Though doubts were high about government’s sincerity and resolute intention for holding parliamentary elections at the beginning, president Ghani not only managed in a well and appropriate manner to deliver on his promise for bringing a new Lower House, he even went on to date presidential elections on 20 of April 2019, as his five-year term comes to end.

De...
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N.S.S: An Under-Utilized Arm of Nation Building
12. November 2018 at 09:19
by Shashank S R
National Service Scheme(N.S.S) is one of the largest student body in the world if not the biggest. It is a voluntary-student organization with 32 lakh volunteers spread across the country. This article emphasizes the need to re-visit N.S.S to suit the present day needs.
National Service Scheme(N.S.S), a centrally sponsored scheme under the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of India, was flagged off by the then Union Education Minister Dr. VKRV Rao in 1969 - the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhiji. It is a student-volunteer programme that started off in 37 Universities with a volunteer strength of 40,000 across India. The Scheme now has 36.58 lakh volunteers across 36965 N.S.S Units from 391 Universities. More than 4.60 Crore volunteers have been benefitted from the scheme since its inception. (National Service Scheme, 2018) (Department of Youth Affairs, 2016)

N.S.S works in educational institutions majorly at the Pre-University and Graduate levels by the establishment of N.S.S Units. Each N.S.S Unit can enroll up to 100 volunteers. The volunteers are students who are willing to put in 240 hou...
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Philippine Tourist Destinations: Mini Boracay cases?
12. November 2018 at 09:18
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
Following the foreclosure of Boracay, should other tourist destinations in the Philippines undergo extensive improvement to meet international standards
The pronouncement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to foreclose Boracay , a world renowned tourist destination, for six months had alarmed numerous sectors in the Philippines due to a possible drop in the tourism industry that shall upset certain economic and social factors. However, the rehabilitation of the so - called cesspool reignited a thorough observation of other tourist spots in the country such as the Tondaligan Beach in Dagupan City where twenty tons of garbage was scattered along the shore and in the ocean as reported by media outlets in 2017. With this staggering number confronting us, should we implement stricter measures to salvage nature’s gems?

In Boracay alone, the final blow came amidst the exceedance of the purported carrying capacity of the island with 16,796 more people who are either lured into the island w...
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Jamal Khashoggi: A death scar unto the Saudi Kingdom
12. November 2018 at 09:17
by Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr.
The death of Jamal Khashoggi no doubt will forever remain a big scar unto the face of the Saudi Arabia authority who in recent past have continued to shy away from the truthfulness surrounding the gruesome murder of the Washington Post columnist. Most especially shocking, is the perceived complicity of the Kingdom most top hierarchy as it involve the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Nothing short of justice will exonerate this perceived complicity most especially in the eyes of the international community.
It was exactly 13:14 PM local time precisely on Oct.2, 2018 when he entered the Saudi-Arabia consulate in Istanbul (Turkey). Suddenly, at the middle of nowhere he disappeared into thin air leaving both his soon-to-be fiancée and the consulate security camera's all in wonderment and apparent shock. Just like an Hollywood action thriller, his assailant had it all mapped out even before he stepped into the consulate building. Indeed, it was a Steven Seagal kind of act.

From disappearance to death, the outright murder of Jamal Khashoggi pose a serious question mark on the moral structure and sanctity both on the Saudi- Arabian authority and that of her crown prince-Mohammad bin Salman:

He is the second most distinguish personality in the Kingdom, holding one of the highest and most influential office in Saudi- Arabia after ...
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Corruption as a canker worm to development: Nigeria as a case study
10. November 2018 at 19:50
by Meshach Idoko
The level of corruption is really alarming and many strategies have been put in place to curb it and all to no avail. This is really a major problem in Nigeria. Corruption is a canker worm to development. Nigeria is where we are today because of Corruption.
In recent times, with the introduction of Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), Matthew Parris has observed that “corruption has become an African epidemic. It is impossible to overstate the poisoning of human relations and the paralyzing of initiative that the corruption on the African scale brings.”

A recent report by the International Human Rights Organization came out with Nigeria taking the first position on the list of the most corrupt nations in the world. Indeed, in Nigeria, corruption is so rampant that it is worthless to talk of any person who is not corrupt. Maybe it is better to say who is more or less corrupt.

In philosophical, theological, or moral discussions, corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Corruption entails many forms including bribery and embezzlement. Government ...
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