Trevor Neely

Boko Haram, Charlie Hebdo attacks equally important

African news has taken a backseat in the global media for centuries, and it is time for change.

Africa has been a place of beauty, magnificent natural resources and ancient history for many years. Unfortunately, it has been plagued with poverty, disease and turmoil in many of its countries in large part due to the European imperialism continually robbing the continent to this very day.

Garner’s murder by police reveals unjust system

“I can’t breathe!”

These were the last words yelled by Eric Garner on July 17, 2014 as he was gasping for air while being held in an illegal chokehold by an uncharged police officer.

Mr. Garner was unjustifiably murdered by police officers when they brought him down. This cry for breath resonated in the hearts and minds of people everywhere who quickly caught wind of this tragic incident and demanded justice for this man.

Government routes ineffective in locating missing Mexican students

It has been two months since 43 Mexican students were abducted in the state of Guerrero, and the government’s efforts of finding them have been dismal.

The system itself is falling. People from all over the world are in an outrage as these students have been kidnapped and taken away by what seems to be a Mexican gang.  These citizens refuse to keep quiet as they hold strikes at universities and orchestrate protest marches, heavy roadblocks and much violence.

Change impossible due to congressional gridlock

The government has been screaming, “Change!” for as long as people can remember, but many have wondered when change is actually going to come.

The past 14 years have been pitiful when it comes to the U.S. government’s ability to make a positive impact on the lives of the American people. The past two years have been the worst when it comes to passing laws.

Cannabis prohibition hurts citizens, economy

Marijuana prohibition laws have been a detriment to our society for far too long, and we are in the midst of a critical time of change.

With the recent passing of recreational marijuana laws in Oregon and Alaska, the United States now has four states that can sell marijuana in dispensaries recreationally and not just medically. Colorado and Washington passed their legalizations back in the 2012 elections.

Morality, constitutionality at stake in the election

There are a few things that could decide the outcome of the elections here in Texas.

Lawmakers, particularly Republicans, changed the voter registration requirements back in 2011. This change required all voters to have an ID in order to cast their ballots, leaving nearly half a million people out of the mix because they didn’t have the required documents.

Stereotypes faced by fashionable men unfair

Fashion has entered a new era of improvement in the 21st century, but the masculinity problem has seemed to hit a plateau.

When a man walks down the street nowadays, it is expected that he is rugged, built and has on decent-looking clothes. Unless that man is somewhat feminine, he is not expected to be top-notch. This assumption isn’t the same for women, who are always expected to look nearly perfect all day every day.

Government spying unacceptable, threatens American liberty

The government has been infringing on privacy rights for the past 100 years, and the past 13 have only gotten worse.

The post 9/11 terrorist frenzy has driven most American citizens into a mass hysteria of fear. This notion that America is a hunting ground for terrorists has been growing since that sunny day in the fall of 2001. Granted, what happened in New York was devastating to a high degree, but the mentality of Americans today is completely lopsided.

Nudity, public breastfeeding basic rights of women

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

At least, that’s what it’s supposed to be. These two phrases have many questioning their validity today. Sometimes people wonder how far “free” really goes.

The past 100 years have seen major improvements in women’s rights, and there has been a significant rise on the amount of freedom they have. In six years it will be the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote.

People must be aware of GMOs

If there was ever a time to speak up and stand up for freedom of choice, it is now. Food choice has become the topic of discussion for so many individuals.

In today’s society, some people are unaware of what they put into their bodies. They are not informed on the topic of genetically modified, or GMO, food. If one were to be asked if they want their food genetically modified, their initial reaction would most likely be “no.” For some, their next question would be, “What are GMOs?”

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