The state of Montenegrin illegal blast-fishing


For this second blog post, I chose a short documentary by VICE INTL on the world of illegal blast-fishing in Montenegro, explaining the social, economic and environmental causes and effects of an undeniably destructive trade. In spite of this fact, it is perfectly understandable why fishermen resort to blast-fishing methods. In an interview with an anonymous blast-fisherman, or nobelite, they stated that using just 3-4 blast caps (with 50-60g of dynamite each) secures about 300-400 kilos of fish and a profit of €1500.

Escalating Wage Gap Issue

            The wage gap between men and women in the workplace is an issue that has been around for decades. The issues originate from women occupations being undervalued thus getting paid less than men with “better” jobs. Currently, women have equal positions and are still being paid less than men for doing the exact same job. This is for many unjustifiable reasons. One being that women are allocated to positions within a company that are generally lower paying.

Not all battle wounds are physical

The wounds of the battlefield can truly follow you home.  Although the period of testing is nowhere near as long as the Vietnam War the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan have had many difficulties with PTSD.  The findings in the Clinical Psychological Review by Schnurr and Lonne conclude that are likely to experience poorer functioning and lower objective living conditions and satisfaction and have a lesser quality life.


Should a Women have to choose between bringing life to a child and work?

Many women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant face discrimination in the workplace. Whether it be a woman who is already pregnant and seeking to find a job, or a women who already has a job and wants to become pregnant, discrimination may occur. For a woman who is pregnant and looking for a job, an employer may deny employment to the pregnant women, although this is illegal it does happen in many cases.

The Never Ending Battle: Equal Pay for Women

                     Gender inequality, specifically the issue of the wage gap has been a widely disputed and sometimes even unnoticed topic for as long as I can even remember. The disputes aren't even about whether or not there is even a wage gap because everybody knows there is. According to,"No, The Gender Pay Gap Isn't A Myth--And Here's Why" by Catherine Pearson, "'Few experts dispute that there is a wage gap, but differences in the life choices of men and women - such as women tending to leave the workforce when they have children - make it difficult to make comparisons.

The Common Book That Became The Rare Book

So I ended up with a very small book, with the dimensions of around 3x5 inches and weighed approximately 1 pound, by Culpepper published in 1751 titled, “Complete and Experienced Midwife.” This book was probably used by lower-classed midwifes during the 18th century as a guide to child bearing and proper remedies for the diseases. At first glance of the book, the cover is made from leather and is probably the original cover, since the cover seems to used and scuffed with marks.

Explicit Racism: A Thing of the Past (or we thought so)

Nowadays, it is rather unusual for me to experience or see some explicitly racist actions. Implicit racism is the more common type that I witness, such as when someone decides to stay standing up in the bus instead of sitting down next to a “Black” person. Yet, for Alrick Bowen, explicit racism was what he had to undergo for many years before his case went in front of the tribunal.


Now Hiring Those Qualified! Except You.

In today's media we see a lot of cases of police brutality against Black people where lives are ended for unjust reasons. With all the media surrounding the more intense discriminations it can take away attention and knowledge from other forms of discrimination, such as job discrimination. Through the article “GenForward poll: Half of Black Youth Face Job Discrimination” (Oct. 9, 2016) by Jesse Holland and Emily Swanson, class lectures, and personal observations, the topic of job discrimination based on racism will be discussed.