The Battle of Black and Blue: Is #Blacklivesmatter Actually Beneficial?


         Eric Garner. John Crawford. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Walter Scott. Philando Castille and Alton Sterling. The names of these unarmed black individuals whose lives have been taken away by police can go on for much longer. Every friend, family and loved one of these people would bow their head in grief. While the reasons of their deaths cannot be reversed, a path can be set so that we can avoid future altercations in order to make the streets of America safe. Yet despite past events, the death toll continues to rise.


The screen in black, a women is crying and after few minutes there is the sound of a baby crying. There is another woman, she is waiting for news about her daughter and the newborn, finally a nurse appears and says “It's a girl”. Now the woman's face is covered with terror.

27.10.2014, Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26 years old, is hanged because she was found guilty of murder; when she was 19 years old, she stabbed Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, 47 years old, a former intelligence agent, that had tried to rape her.

Champlain Debates: A Resource for All Students

Throughout the year, I have read many news articles concerning multiple issues. The issues ranged from crime to technology. However, I began to focus more upon technology near the end of the semester. Originally, I looked at technology that has not been publicized enough. These technological advances seemed to be hidden from the public and I wanted that to be unveiled. These stories are presented best in the “Human Robots” and “The Future of Mankind”. I later looked into the applications of current technology.


Prison or just chilling?


I just read an interesting article by Steve Lillebuen : ‘Reliving his fantasy’: ‘Dexter Killer’ still allowed watching ultra-violent TV series in maximum-security prison. It is about a man known as the Dexter murder can now watch the violent show in prison. The man, Mark Twitchell, who brutally murdered a complete stranger has bought a flat screen tv and has access to 60 posts with it.

No more work for smokers


The Ottawa internet firm Momentous is now not hiring smokers. The company is very open to many things like bringing your dog to work, but no smokers. They apparently are not the first to do it. In the United-States, 29 states deny such practices. In Canada it is more complicated. Smoking is not a right, but it is also illegal to discriminate people with disabilities. The national court has now to determine if smoking is a disability.

Banning YouTube, banning alcohol, what’s next Egypt?


On Sunday the 17th of February 2013, the vice president of the New Urban Communities Authorities (NUCA), Nabil Abbas announced that the Egyptian government would no longer give any new alcohol licences that would allow the sale of alcohol in new urban areas. He also stated that the old licences won’t be renewed but will still be valid until they expire.

YouTube blocked for 30 days in Egypt


On Saturday the 9th of February 2013, Judge Hassouna Tawfiq announced the decision that the access to YouTube must be banned to all Egyptians for an entire month following the publication of a 14-minute video entitled "Innocence of Muslims" that insults Prophet Muhammad.