SULAIMAN AL-ADSANI WRITES- Ever since the establishment of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in 1993, mixed martial arts has become one of the fastest growing and most popular sports worldwide. It started in the 1920’s, when Brazilian jiu jitsu founder Helio Gracie and his brother, Carlos Gracie, issued the “Gracie…Full Article ASIA SPORTS: THE GROWTH OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
NATHAN RIVAS WRITES – Recently, the California legislature formally apologized for the state’s role in the incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent in internment camps during the second world war. Now, a recently uncovered artifact reveals that Loyola University, (so-called before its merger with Marymount college in…Full Article JAPANESE INTERNMENT: AT LMU, COUNTERING INJUSTICE ONE PERSON AT A TIME
LILLY WEBBER WRITES – After sweeping the Oscars and finishing the night with four different awards, including Best Picture, the South Korean dark comedy thriller film Parasite by director Bong Joon-ho has surprised international audiences and film connoisseurs alike with its success. Parasite’s victory is unprecedented in the Oscars’ history…Full Article SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA: ‘PARASITE’ THRIVES IN AMERICA DESPITE XENOPHOBIA
FIONNA WIJAYA WRITES – The worst floods since 2013 swept through Jakarta this January. Jakarta, the political and economic capital of Indonesia, houses the most significant industrial sectors in the country, compelling most of the population to migrate there for economic opportunities. These early 2020 floods claimed over sixty lives…Full Article SINKING FEELING IN JAKARTA: WILL THE CAPITOL DISAPPEAR BY 2050?
ANH NU TRUONG WRITES – Internationally, today, there are around 20 to 40 million people in modern slavery, otherwise known as human trafficking. Yet cases are difficult to assess because, according to the United Nations, the vast majority go undetected. Only about 0.4% cases are identified. And in Vietnam, human…Full Article VIETNAM: THE HORROR OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
JASEM ALQINAI WRITES-Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah recently celebrated his 14th year of rule. The fifteenth Emir of Kuwait was sworn in on the 29th of January 2006. He is the fourth son of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Prior to his rule he served as Prime Minister as well…Full Article KUWAIT: NOT EVEN THE GREATEST EMIR CAN DO IT ALL
NATHAN RIVAS WRITES – During this year’s Academy Award ceremony at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, Taika Waititi became the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar (for “Jojo Rabbit”), which he dedicated to all of the indigenous children of the world “who want to do art and dance and write…Full Article NEW ZEALAND AT OSCARS 2020: TAIKA WAITITI PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
LILLY WEBBER WRITES – While Japanese animation has become popular in mainstream American culture and internationally as a result of the rising accessibility of anime, this has not always been the case. Due to the previous lack of access to options of watching anime in America, purchasing bootleg VHSs from…Full Article JAPAN ANIME: WHY NETFLIX IS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE SHOWDOWN
EMILY CAPOUYA WRITES — According to a United Nations confidential report, North Korea has violated resolutions made with the United Nations Security Council by continuing to enhance its ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons program. Recently, a summary of the report was submitted to the UN Security Council. Six sections of…Full Article NORTH KOREA: FOOLING AROUND WITH THOSE UN SANCTIONS
DANICA CREAHAN WRITES– To the nearly half a million people who follow @studiobysol on instagram, the fact that most tattooing is illegal in South Korea might come as a shock. Located in Seoul, South Korea’s capital, Studio by Sol is comprised of 29 tattoo artists, each with individual follower counts…Full Article SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: FEWER TABOOS FOR TATTOOS?
MANAAL ALI WRITES — For the first time, a K-pop group found its way onstage at music’s biggest night—Sunday’s Grammy Awards. BTS, the South Korean boy band, performed with Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mason Ramsey and Diplo in their rendition of “Old Town Road.” This artist avengers-like group…Full Article LOS ANGELES: BTS CONTROVERSY HITS 2020 GRAMMYS ON STAPLES CENTER STAGE
SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES- At the very end of 2019, India’s Parliament issued a new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) granting citizenship to refugees who entered the country prior to December 31 of 2014. This act covered refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, among other countries. CAA was supposedly…Full Article INDIA: DOES CITIZENSHIP ACT AMENDMENT TARGET MUSLIMS?
RASHID AL-ARMELI WRITES—Wuhan, the capital of the province of Hubei in China, has definitely attracted close attention worldwide for a reason other than the level of its industrial development, its historical significance, or cultural appeal. The new coronavirus, which is thought to be initially transmitted from wild animals sold at…Full Article CHINA: THE GREAT ESCAPE – WUHAN TO TOKYO
NAJLA ALWAQAYAN WRITES – This created a crisis. Since Qaboos had no children, he had no heir to whom he could pass on his wisdom or his throne. The constitution states that a successor is to be determined by the royal family of Oman within three days of his passing. If they…Full Article THE MAN WHO RULED THE SULTANATE OF OMAN FOR 50 YEARS HAS NO HEIR
EMILY CAPOUYA WRITES– This year, the Bali Spirit Festival was to take place March 29- April 5 (2020) in Ubud, the uplands of Bali, Indonesia in stunning lush green rice fields with a river flowing down below. Every year at this time, crowds of people come all around the world…Full Article BALI, INDONESIA: A GLOBAL CELEBRATION FOR WELLBEING