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U.S. travel ban: the basics, the challenges and how it spread confusion around the world

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The article, "Trump’s original immigration ban: How it was introduced, and how the courts shut it down", by journalist Evan Annett from The Globe and Mail, outlines how the original U.S. travel ban spread confusion around the world, but especially targeting Muslim-majority communities. The author begins by introducing the executive order of President Trump on January 27, 2017 that temporarily blocked entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries including Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan, Somali, Sudanese, Syrian and Yemeni.

Donald and the Tweety Bird: The Ethical Analysis of President Trump’s False Twitter Claims

Social media has reshaped the way information is transmitted throughout the world. Websites such as Twitter or Facebook promote the global spreading of information instantaneously, a phenomenon that could not occur prior to the Internet. Famous people, by definition, possess an especially vast audience and this is reflected in amount of engagement their online accounts receive. Because of this, the question of whether or not influential figures have the moral obligation to use social media with care in order to not spread misinformation must be considered.

Is Ghost in the Shell Hollywood’s Latest Whitewashed Movie? The Lack of Opportunity and the Restrictive Representation of Asian Actors on Screen

“50% of all film, TV and digital services don’t have a named or speaking Asian character” (Waurenchen, “Race” 6). Although individuals of Asian descent constitute 5.6% of the population of the United States (Wikipedia contributors), they are exceedingly underrepresented in Hollywood’s predominantly white film industry, often restricted to portray a select few roles constructed upon racial stereotypes.

Can War Ever be Justified?

The world is becoming an increasingly uncertain place. Children are being slaughtered, elderly people are being butchered, women are being enslaved and men are being killed. For many people around the globe, the guarantee of safety and life for the coming seconds of their lives is uncertain. The middle east is in chaos and the West is dealing with an existential crisis: The choice between nationalism and multiculturalism.

Is the war against North Korea inevitable?

Would you ever imagine a place in the world where human rights are non –existent or extremely limited?  Despite ever-increased globalization North Korea stubbornly rema­­­­ins one of the most isolated country from the rest of the world in the 21th century. Even if tourists or visitors are allowed to visit the country, they are not expected to reveal this hermit kingdom’s true face, as well as the real life of its 24 million people. Why? Simply because all the tours are “organized” in a way that one can only be shown off the brightest side of this self-hyped “perfect country”.

Quid Pro Quo: The Mutualistic Relationship of Western News Corporations and Terrorists

On September 11th, 2001, the Western world declared war on terrorism. Ever since, we hear the phrase “war on terror” nightly on the news, or as a pop up notification on our phones. Why have we devoted so much time and resources to fighting this “war”? Is it because terrorist groups suddenly started murdering hundreds of innocent civilians? Terrorist organizations have been killing civilians for decades, so that cannot be the trigger. Or is it because they decided to attack Americans?

No Communication, No Terrorism ?

The main goal of terrorism is to intentionally create fear through the use of violence, in order to achieve a goal. Recently, there has been an increase in terrorist acts due to the fact that these terrorists are well aware that no matter where they perpetrate their act, the whole world is terrorized due to a widespread media coverage from the news outlets. If these acts are not reported in the media, they continue because they want to be heard and noticed.

A Picture is Worth A Wrong Million Words

In our increasingly digital age, photography has become popular and the role of photojournalists has grown in the media, however, “the special problems of violence and truth telling in wartime and issues of how to handle graphic images across media platforms receive virtually no attention” (Keith 2009). The English Oxford Dictionary defines photojournalism to be “the practice of communicating news by photographs...” (English Oxford Dictionary).

Reporting or Spreading? The Ethical Dilemma of ISIS Propaganda News Coverage

In the past few years, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has wreaked havoc throughout the Middle East and the Western world through its war crimes, destruction of cultural heritage, and displays of violence against civilians and soldiers. Although the futurist (Botz-Bornstein 1) self-proclaimed caliphate exerts brute force just as any other terrorist group, it differs from such groups due to its strategic omnipresence in mainstream social and news media outlets (Farwell 49).