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Kuwait City, Kuwait | Writer for ILLUMINATION, Dialogue & Discourse and AOA. Writes about current affairs, social issues, literature, the environment, and more.

With no definite solution on the table, history is bound to repeat itself.

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The past ten days of sheer devastation and warfare have brought the unrelenting rift between Israel and Palestine to the forefront, and with a ceasefire finally brokered, the world could finally come to reckon with all the injustices that took place.

On Thursday, following more than ten days of intense fighting—with the Israeli force displacing tens of thousand in Gaza on top of the more than sixty children slaughtered and dozens of buildings leveled—the two combatants have finally come to an agreement to bring their deadly operations…


A president whose arrogant demeanor towards the coronavirus pandemic—defying mask mandates, scoffing at his mask-clad opponent, and even disputing his own public health advisers—has backfired.

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I woke up early in the morning to the stream of notifications bombarding my phone, reading: “Trump, First Lady Tested Positive For The Coronavirus”. A wave of emotions nudged my brain as if I haven’t been fully aroused from my inconceivable dreams.

Yep. Just as we thought things can’t get more messed up than this—following a distasteful presidential debate filled with interruptions and contempt—COVID-19 once again capped our news coverage.

Indeed, this is no misinformation…


Market-liberals, and many to the right, seem to offer an immaculate solution on combating climate change—placing economic growth as our paramount goal in our agenda for a greener world. Here’s why they’re wrong.

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The world is encountering a crucial crossroad between economic growth and environmental sustainability. Opinions divide under this critical time: a spectrum of beliefs ranging from market-liberals — advocating for economic growth as a step to appease climate crises — and social greens — viewing the current state of our world as in jeopardy and sees progressive actions as necessary — both with their compelling evidence and reasonings.


Short fiction on how solving the climate challenge will come to rely on the sacrifice of the few, held back by the inertia of the many.

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“Did you catch that? Recycling; it’ll save the planet!” She reminded Nadim as the two stepped out of class, dashing for the school gate through rowdy hallways clouded by a joyous quiver of bells.

“You gotta be kidding me. How’s one person gonna make any difference?” He demurred, oppressing a short smirk. “Think of how many people there are!”

She shrugged; in a daze.

They exchanged a wave of goodbye before her daily walk home. Though he was no longer beside her, the question lingered — as if his perception reached some unattainable level, irrefutable in itself; a saying that…


This article will dive into the work of Greta Thunberg and, through analyzing her work, examine the impacts of youth activism in the 21st century.

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Introduction

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish youth activist who gained international spotlight for her work in bringing attention to, and urging action for, the environmental crisis, is, by many standards, an all but controversial figure. Even as many in the young generation view her work as invaluable in fighting the looming climate crisis, others — typically among the older folks — do not find her actions particularly conducive to the response to climate change. Over the…


When technology erodes the boundaries of what we once thought was imaginable, the humanities feel more and more distant.

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We live in an age of spectacles, one smothered by works of innovation. The ever-growing speed of wireless communications, the emergence of computers giving us the comfort of working from home, or the astronomical discoveries that made sending humans into space a fantasy no more — all these superhuman feats beaming because of scientific, edge-cutting advancements.

Yet, as we marvel at the greatness wrought by technology, we cannot help but ponder: “Why do we still need the humanities?”

And in asking that, we are not alone.

As Valerie Strauss, an education reporter for The Washington Post, sets the reality in…


Considering current events, one must not gloss over the underlying cultural differences repelling each other—and exacerbates misunderstanding.

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The cultural rift between the United States and China didn’t come in an instant. It took centuries of historical development to morph into the seemingly unbridgeable cultural abyss both countries share today. This not only dictated the interactions among the two peoples for the past several decades, but also holds pivotal implications for decades, if not centuries, to come.

This piece seeks to explore the past differences of the two cultures through a compiled list of aspects, each with specific examples to offer…


In light of World Press Freedom Day, we remind ourselves of the indispensable work made possible by journalists around the world—work we overlook all too easily.

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“Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.”

— George Orwell

This past year, the world has come together—whilst being torn apart—to, after so much tear and despair, recognize the unsung heroes carrying our shriveled bodies forward. We have witnessed healthcare workers travailing to save the lives in the millions with no knowledge of fatigue. We have seen strangers’ rays of sunshine sprinkling over a…


After reading Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, I found a vague sense of loss as I grappled with his presence as a no-non-sense comedian of unending wit and a child of color raised under South Africa’s ferocious Apartheid that tore so many families apart.

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Throughout the pandemic, company becomes the one piece of solace we sought for. Trevor Noah, with his daily lines of banter, brought us that sense of connection long lost.

Politics is no casual topic, especially in the year of 2020: a frantic presidential election, an aggrieved world grappling with racial and social injustices, an ever-more menacing…


Recently, amid a rise of senseless crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, many have finally turned to view the issue as a more systemic plague having to be annihilated.

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It wasn’t until an elderly Chinese-American man was shoved face-down to the ground before passing away in the hospital did communities across the United States finally recognized the level of hate against Asians that accrued in the coronavirus pandemic.

Lurking behind the blurred violence on that clip is one of pure injustice, a tumor of society traumatizing as it pits one against another.

Many of these incidents come with no clue…

Ray Cheng

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