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If you pay attention to the news, it’s hard not to have a negative mindset towards the world. The pandemic goes on, human rights are continuously violated, natural disasters keep ruining lives and more. Although the semester has just started, it’s even hard to find motivation for classes during this state of the...

The coronavirus made global headlines in early 2020, and has since spread to many countries. Along with its medical concerns, the coronavirus spreads an increase of xenophobia and prejudice towards Asians everywhere.  Since the coronavirus broke out of China, Asians from every corner of the globe started to share...

I was lucky to be away from the devastation and persecution that followed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. From the corruption that rotted the government and private institutions, to the death of thousands based on their name, Iraq has always been in the news since the 1980’s. However, it’s presence in the media is...

It’s no secret that there’s a double standard when it comes to gender norms. We’ve all heard the phrase, “you kick like a girl”, that boys would say to each other on the playground, and we’ve witnessed the teasing that occurred when a boy wore pink.  We see this example on TV, like in “Modern Family”, with Manny’s...

In our modern times, there is a great deal of discourse on climate change. Climate strikes and protests have become the norm, and environmental policy has become a big talking point in the upcoming 2020 election. While it’s important to analyze how climate change is affecting our reality on Earth, it can be...

Iraq is currently undergoing the largest revolution it has seen since the 2003 US invasion. Since the beginning of October, millions of Iraqis have marched through the streets of Baghdad demanding for the removal of all corrupt officials from office. The Iraqi Arabic term for this is “Shal’i Kali’, Kulhum Harameya”,...

October is LGBTQ History Month. While pride month is a celebration of being queer today, history month is a celebration of past achievements by the LGBTQ movement. However, many of us were not taught LGBTQ history in school, so it’s hard to know what to even celebrate. Here are some documentaries that can educate you...

The rise of the military in China: what’s next for the United States The rise of China causes an impact that many analyze as a discombobulating issue for the United States and its allies. For this past century, the United States has arguably been considered the world superpower and the maintainer of international...

Beginning on September 1, hundreds of new laws went into effect in Texas. Amongst these new regulations are a few that stand above the rest in terms of their impact on college students. Depending on your views, you will either love or hate these regulations. Young people are more affected by politics than some may...

Here at UH, Learning Abroad is always there to promote cross cultural interaction and studying abroad all over the globe. This summer, I attended an intensive Arabic program at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. AUB is one of the top tier accredited universities in the whole region, and the Center for...