Bitcoin, Volcanos and El Salvador – what is going on?

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El Salvador passed a law with supermajority to make Bitcoin, a vehemently popular cryptocurrency, legal tender. This decision goes into effect on the 7th of September after weeks of anticipation following president Nayib Bukele’s announcement of the same on Twitter during a global Bitcoin convention. While it sounds simple in theory, the decentralised nature of cryptocurrency, the volatility of markets and the fact that this is literally the first time a country has approved digital coins for day to day transactions make for an interesting discussion.

What Mainstream Cinema Gets Wrong About Female Superheroes

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Every time I watch a female lead starrer, I go in expecting to be left asking for more – more character depth, more reality, more true empowerment instead of thinly veiled sexism. Unfortunately, more often than not the expectations play out pretty accurately so today I want to try and look at some of these pre-conceived notions and where they stem from in order to hopefully understand how female portrayal on the silver screen could be made better.

Biden, Harris and hope

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The past year has seen America come face to face with a series of events that rocked the very foundations of its democracy. Its struggles with the pandemic, its ever widening partisan divide, the distrust, the misinformation – all of America’s problems, its wounds are out in the open. The question that has to be asked is where does the nation go from here? How will the new presidency pan out?

“The Queen’s Gambit” checks all the boxes

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Witty, riveting and intensely captivating – “The Queen’s Gambit” may just be the best thing to come out of 2020. What does it do well? What does it lack? This article discusses all that and more as it breaks down the narrative and cinematic components in an attempt to explain why this miniseries is groundbreaking.

What does justice mean?

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What does justice mean?

This Op-Ed and the opinions it contains are courtesy of Mahi Patel, Stuti Iyer and Vani Agrawal.

We look at cases of the past, our legislation and works of literature in an attempt to grasp what is justice when it surrounds the socially delicate matter of rape. How do you get justice for such, physical, mental and emotional corruption?

Understanding Slacktivism

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Slacktivism

The increasing intertwining of political opinion with public image, especially on social media has prompted the discussion around “Slacktivism”. What is it? Why does it matter? How do we break the cycle to make persistent change? Are just some of the questions we deliberate.

Rape Culture Analysed

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Rape Culture

This Op-Ed and the opinions it contains are courtesy of Aaryana Jani and Hridaya Patel.

How did the idea of rape get so intricately embedded in our skin and veins that our blood doesn’t boil when we hear about it? These questions are hard to answer, not only because the questions are deep and thought-provoking, but also because there are so many things to say. From popular media to the way we are brought up, we discuss just some of the implicit everyday interactions with rape culture to better understand how it begins.

Empty promises in diversity – a reality

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empty promises in diversity - a reality

Bon Appetit – a major food media company – recently came under the scrutiny of the internet after it was revealed that they were significantly underpaying employees based on race. As the pandora’s box unraveled, the toxic work place culture and sexist, racist and, homophobic views of top officials also came to light. Since then the company has apparently under gone major changes. This article looks into new facts, corporate hypocrisy and sheer mismanagement that has led to the downfall of one of the most popular youtube channels in the food space.

Will democracy survive the pandemic?

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will democracy survive the pandemic

November 3rd marks the date of one of the largest acts of democracy – the United States presidential election. However, this cycle presents the unprecedented challenge of a pandemic. How will the country cope? What went wrong in Wisconsin? And most importantly, what can everyone learn from South Korea?

What Next?

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whats next

Billions of people are in lockdown. Grocery stores have been swept empty. Medical professionals are forced to make the choice between life and death of unfamiliar people. It all sounds like something from a dystopia, like the stories we read to take a break from reality, but what happens when it becomes the reality? How will our world change?