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    Ethnicity and Culture

    Ethnic group or ethnicity is the thing that describes you; it is a large group of people who have the same national, racial, or cultural origins, or the state of belonging to such a group (according to Cambridge dictionary). I bet you also heard about terms ethnic groups, ethnic consciousness, and ethnic identity. Why is ethnicity important? Because it can control opportunities and ways of functioning in the society. Ethnic identity is related to most aspects of life in our modern age, like career or partner selection, and education.

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    I Want my Mornings Back!

    Do you remember that beautiful beginning of the day, when you feel so much strength and so much energy, because you know that you have got another chance for doing all those great things you didn’t do yesterday? That part of the each day is called: the morning (you remember now, do you?), and it happens just before all your daily responsibilities take your strength away.

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    Racism in Post-Modern Times

    Historically, racism was first used as a way to describe a worldview of the powerful. Basically, elites that dominated Western societies, had a sense of superiority. But in modern day, those with political or economical power rarely express it through race divisions. That’s why racism began to take a negative connotation, little before world War II, because it was starting to be used as a weapon to spread fear and hatred of others.

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    Caste Inequalities and Social Revolution: A Case for India

    Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s political treatise ‘Annihilation of Caste’ remains to be his most radical and controversial work, utopian in character and revolutionary in nature which has led Anand Teltumbde to write that “what the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist world, Annihilation of Caste is to India”. In his work while Ambedkar deeply criticizes the social foundations of Hindu society built upon a system of economic exploitation and socio-political inequality masquerading as divine providence, he also critiques the social reform and the socialist movements for failing to address the issue of caste. The essay is thus an attempt at not only a reinterpretation of Indian history (and religion) but also a plea towards the then existing socio-political movements towards self inquiry. In retrospect Ambedkar’s work represents, first, the unfinished project of renaissance in India, and second, the need for the Dalit assertion within the working class movement.

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    The Extreme of Paranoid Parenting: Child Monitoring Technologies

    It seems impossible to think of an everyday life without the technological assistance most of us have become addicted to. Technology has invaded our lives in such a way that living without it seems going back to primordial time when Adam and Eve were relishing the unblemished ecstasies of the east of Eden. In other words, it is living a cloistered life finding it difficult to keep track of what is happening around. In our concrete jungle, technologies are our guiding stars. The apple of technology brought with it knowledge and awareness but at a price. In a world that is increasingly becoming hectic and busy, more technology and apps are seemingly putting our lives at a comfortable ease.

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    Natural Capitalism: Better or Worse?

    Energy-saving devices like new windows can help reduce costs overall, as part of the overall system. Putting coffee grounds in a compost pile at work can reduce wastes. Cutting down trees for the retrieval of paper is a means to sell goods. Making sure to replace  the trees by a replanting program is part of the restoration of the ecosystem.  All of these are methods in the new Natural Capitalism concept.

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    Gross National Happiness: An Alternative to Profit Motive of the Free Market

    “The greatest people are not one in which an unequal and boundless wealth produces crude and sordid men and venal and egoistic women: a great pueblo, regardless of its size, is one of generous men and women. The yardstick of any human civilization is the kind of men and women it produces.” –Jose Marti

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    How Alternative is the Alternative Energy?

    None of us remembers the times when human being could only rely on timber as the provider of energy.  Our ancestors going into woods and collecting dry or broken branches to heat and cook have fallen into oblivion. The invention of the hand tools, which by the way coincided with the times when ancient humans started to verbally communicate, was of much use for them as they could cut branches and even fall trees. Humanity evolution took us further, higher and deeper into the usage of resources the Earth could generously offer. Until one, environmentalists would say, not so perfect day, the power of fossil fuel – coal, oil and gas –  was discovered and people gradually learnt how to extract, process and use it.

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    Lifestyle Migration: Multi-locality, Escapism and Chasing the "Good Life"

    “I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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    Under the Bombardment of the Needs

    Every life begins in the same way. You are small, naked and vulnerable. You need to eat, you need to drink, you need to sleep, and let’s be honest – you really need some love too. Then, you grow up, and suddenly you need some other stuff. You need new clothes, new phone with an excellent camera, Wi-Fi everywhere you go, and of course: more money and less weight. Then you start skipping your meals, and you forget about sleeping because it’s a luxury. The next thing that happens is that you have just enough money for all that you ever wished for, but you also have dark rings under your eyes, a headache and you probably have a depression too.

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    The Tragedy of Success

    No one wants to experience poverty or misfortune, but wealth and comfort can be just as debilitating. Success, in any field, isn't all it is cracked up to be. It can open doors, but it can also become a drag on personal growth and set you up for catastrophe later. The requirements of life are relatively simple and cheap. If you have just enough resources to meet those needs, you are going to use them efficiently. Once you have excess resources, however, you tend to become less efficient and more arrogant about how you use them. You take on more burdens and obligations to absorb that extra time or money, and soon you feel just as trapped and "poor" as you did before.

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    The Option Inflation: Cost of the Freedom to Choose

    The mankind fought some serious wars for freedom and human rights. They say that the history is written by the victors, but we all know that the biggest victors are those who gave their lives for freedom and remained annonimous. They are heros, because without them the world would never be what it is today.We gained what we wanted for all those centuries, we have our freedom to choose our life partners, our education and our leaders. In 1948 United Nations proclaimed The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and those rights are equal for all nations of the world, without exception. And now we can finally say that you and I and every other person in this world are completely free to choose our way of living. It`s a beautiful feeling to know that, but we live in the real world where every beautiful thing has its price.

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    What Will Our Robotic Future Look Like?

    Dreams on robotic future are well described by one of the Francisco De Goya’s caprichos: "Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels." The word “Robot” originates from Slavic “rabota”, which in modern language means “work”, but comes from ancient “rabu” with the meaning of “slave”. This is what most people see the robots functions in – serving.

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    Culture and Nature

    We all use the word "culture" on a daily basis, and just guessing its real meaning. How would we explain what it is? I would say it is all we know, all we do and all we believe in. The term was first used by English anthropologist Edward B. Tylor in his book, Primitive Culture, from 1871.  He said that culture "includes capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society." The Center for Advance Research on Language Acquisition defines culture as a group of interactions and patterns of behaviors influenced by socializations, and of course, the same cognitive characteristics in a particular group of people.

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    It’s Not All Relative: Rethinking Cultural Relativism

    In alliance with the concept of nihilism (that condemned notions of absolute truth and meaning as ideologically suspicious), relativism became the overriding cultural artifact of 20th century Western society. Relativism fundamentally states that truth or value have only relative significance or meaning and vary from one culture to the next. It is an extension of Nietzche's "perspectivism" which stated that "You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist". Much of the twentieth century philosophical, cultural and political debates have been centered on the validity and consequences of the notion of relativism. Divided into several groups, while one asserts on the logical plausibility of the concept in the modern world, the other group vehemently criticizes relativism as both a moral cowardice and a politically treacherous idea.

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    Ethnic Identity and Culture in a Globalized Multicultural World

    What blue jeans meant to a young Russian student in the late Soviet Union went beyond the mere civilizational requisite of clothing; it stood for freedom and the longing for a social reality he felt was denied to him. Blue jeans became the symbolic outcry of a generation of Russians who dreamt the good life and wanted to break away from the USSR. During the late eighties Black markets in Russia thrived with blue jeans smuggled from the United States, where people even risked jail for a nice pair of denim. The instance of blue jeans is characteristic of what sociologist George Ritzer has termed the ‘McDonaldization’ of society, where globalization not only invades the world market but also influences in culturally hegamonizing weaker societies and homogenizing ethnicities.

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    The Rise of the Loneliness: Me and Me

     Loneliness is usually characterized by a deep feeling of emptiness. Lonely people often feel alienated from the world around them, usually due to external or internal causes. The causes vary from social, marital, emotional to physical and loss of a loved one. Often times, people experience social loneliness when they feel neglected by a certain group of people. Several efforts to get associated with them are treated with a cold response.

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    Supply and Demand Curve of the Happiness Market

    Modern consumption oriented society gradually transforms culture and starts to dictate its own laws. One of the fundamental laws of this new dictatorship is worshiping success and material well-being cult. Modern society does not need sufferers and loosers; it requires beautiful, happy and successful people. Anyone willing to be considered its full-fledged member simply MUST be successful and happy. It is no longer enough to “have not less and not worse than others”, humanity feels the burden of the usual trend of developments; for people have to successfully compete within the society.

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    There is Always Hope: Farm To Table Movement

    Salsas, pizza, marinara, other sauces made from scratch. Items such as turmeric-spiced cauliflower couscous where they are lower in calories and higher in fiber than traditional rice dishes.  Menus written based on seasonability and availability of fresh product and of the region. This is the promise of a restaurant or food service that is serving its food following the Farm-to-table philosophy.

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    Male Sports Addiction: A Clinical Profile

    Untreated mental illness is one of the greatest tragedies of our society. Vast human potential is wasted by demons in the mind. One such disorder afflicts primarily males and is so pervasive that it is often seen as "normal" in spite of its devastating effects. This disease has spawned a huge legalized industry of pushers and traffickers who provide the vulnerable victim with the illusion of happiness. Like cocaine and alcohol, this addiction draws the victim away from productive pursuits and encourages him to neglect his family and responsibilities as well as his own health and future.

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    Save Your Life From Lifestyle!

    When you are a kid all you want to do is to fit in, when you grow up all you want is to be different.  Remember when you were in school and everyone had that t-shirt with a pic of your favorite band on it? Everyone had it except you. You wanted it so badly, and right when you convinced your parents to buy it for you – ta, da! The whole school is wearing those converse sneakers, and you are stuck again somewhere in between your tryings to fit in and your parents. You were so unhappy and so lonely in your regular boring sneakers.

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    What Are We Doing in the Space?

    Myriads of stars glimmering and shimmering unexplored and obscured kept tempting inquisitive minds for centuries. Humanity always tried to comprehend its assignment in the Universe, adoring and fearing it and strongly believing it to be the home of supreme absolute.

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    The Politics of Narration: Myths and "National History"

    Benedict Anderson in his influential work deconstructs the notion of nationalism as a natural historic reality by claiming that a “nation is an imagined political community and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign. It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.” A modern invention, a nation is born by imagining its ties with the ancient past, creating symbols, history and values that make a community appear real. The Indian nationalist movement which began as a political movement against the British colonialism was ideological in its systematic reconstruction of India. As a response to the Orientalist discourse on the Indian culture and people as the antithetical ‘Other’ to the superior Western civilization, the nationalists created an India that was a reversal of this dominant ideology.

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    Big Brother is not Watching Us - We Are Exposing Ourselves

    "Big brother is watching you!" is probably one of the most recognizable quotes from books in the world. And it is coming from, as now thought, George Orwell’s prophetic novel "1984". Using this quote in a modern day time is pretty regular, trying to emphasize, that although we think we have our privacy, actually someone above us, sees and knows everything we are doing behind the curtains. This way of thinking certainly has it’s logics, especially, after former CIA agent, Edward Snowden, revealed that the NSA was tracking private information of USA citizens. But, as we become more and more wired to social networks, there appears the questions; does actually someone need to track us anymore? Aren't we already (and sufficiently) exposing ourselves?

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    The Fall of the Personal Interaction

    People shuffling in the all-too familiar gait with one hand out, holding some piece of technology and staring dumbly down at it with no attention to the periphery or even what’s further ahead. Neck strain, poor posture, thumb-swiping injuries aside, there are new evidences that our everyday encounter with the use of cell phones, ipads or whatever mobile devices we choose, can lead to long-term problems in our lives.

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    Paranoia: Our Enemy Within

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself... The world is filled with threats. When we encounter one and get bitten by it, we retreat and avoid doing the same thing again. Like an immune system response, we develop a natural fear of the thing that once hurt us. Years later, the fear itself may become the enemy, making us retreat from threats that either don't exist or are far less dangerous than we think they are. That's paranoia.

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    Self-driving Cars for a Self-negating Humanity

    Can you imagine life without your phone or without the television? I guess it’s hard, but what if you have no microwave in the kitchen, no boiler, and no hair dryer. Those are things you never think about, you just have them. You buy them, you use them, and then you replace them with the new ones.  That is what we all do. I suppose you can't imagine life without technology, but the people who lived 500 years ago couldn't even dream about a bulb!

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    Contemporary and Devastating: The Plague of Anxiety Disorder

    Statistics of anxiety increase, panic strikes, suicidal thoughts causes worry, leading in turn to the chronic anxiety, which nowadays became one of the prevailing mental maladies with more than 40,000,000 diagnosed with it only in North America. It is emotionally and energetically exhaustive and causes many cardio-vascular, gastro-intestinal and immune system disorders, not to mention its ability to distract productive life, deprive of joy and happiness, for people are not capable of feeling positive and negative emotions simultaneously.

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    Mum and Dad Are Old Now

    The increase of the percentage of older individuals in a society is a global trend, with big economic and socio-political consequences. According to the information that UN gives us, very soon, every fifth person in the world will be over the age of sixty. For sure that is a reality and perhaps a problem of the years ahead of us.

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    Sentenced to Life Imprisonment: At home

    Last half a millennium, brought us many amazing discoveries. Individuals like Da Vinci, Copernicus, Galilei, Bell, Mendeleev, Tesla, Einstein, Curie, brothers Wright, etc. devoted their lives to make present and future better for the mankind. They invented or discovered many crucial innovations, responsible for making our life much easier than the life that our ancestors had. So 500 years of researching and projecting brought us to the ongoing modern life in 21st century, and that life mostly revolves around one particular development. Technology.

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    Is Economic Growth Inevitable?

    Economics – literally the home management, the knowledge on housekeeping, the taking care of it. The more developed and organized it is the better is the life of “the house” inhabitants. Thus the growth of economic, its development shall be considered a useful tool for better future of countries where it is observed. Economic growth improves living standards, technologies, infrastructure, population education level and its health, while reducing poverty.

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    The Art in 21st Century: Any Taste?

    The time we are living in has so many good possibilities. We are free to go wherever we want, we can express loudly our attitudes, and we can create everything we imagine. Technology is here to provide us those things, and also many others. But hey, there is probably something that technology can enable for us neither today nor tomorrow… I know! It`s something you are born with – or you are not, and there is no maybe in between. It's old-fashioned, holly Creativity, with big C, for all those who actually have it.

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    Do We Need Schools?

    When I recall my school years, it seems to me that all we, children, were doing is reading, writing, learning by heart, practicing and sitting at the desk either at school or at home while time to spend playing with friends was vanishing with every passing year. I can hardly remember my own self without a book in my hands. Modern children have even less spare time, with school lasting from early morning till late afternoon and avalanching after school activities. Remaining minutes are packed with computer games and web based socializing.

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    Obsessed Parenting and Its Expensive Illusions

    Ok, so, 9 months since conception have passed, the delivery went well, and you are now presented with a beautiful baby, the zenith of the mutual love you have with your partner. But although this is one of the most important events in a life of a couple, representing a symbol of life and love, the adventure has just begun. Becoming a parent, as beautiful as it can be, brings a huge responsibility. You now have a task to teach your kid necessary skills and values in order to have a successful life and to be of great use for society. The trick is that if you do not do it right way, you might have done a great harm to yourself, your child and the others around you. Parenting is not easy, at all.

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    International Politics: Why so Much Complication?

    So much force, fraud, and intrigue have been, and are, dominating the international arena, that the concepts like trust and confidence among the various nations are almost impossible to think of. As a performance platform of so-called national interests, the international relations rather look like a chaotic market place, where everybody is trying to rip off everybody. So why do morals have so little impact on mutual relationship between nations?

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    Data and Statistics Obsession: Scientific Hegemony of the Material

    The credibility of social research rests upon the categorical evidence given and established as reliable. Statistical data forms an inseparable part of its research methodology necessary for scrupulous analysis and assessment facilitating research. However the increasing, often obsessive dependence on quantitative data or statistics to examine and understand social phenomena has had alienating and negative consequences on the more humanitarian inclination to comprehend the same that try to come to a more constructive conclusion. In the excessive adherence to statistical approach people become just round figures of quantitative data that are analyzed then accordingly.

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    The Individual, Alienation and the Workplace

    David is your average everyday guy. Middle aged, married with children, he lives the ideal middle class suburban life. A dedicated and competent professional, he works full-time in a big Multi National Corporation. During his days off he goes fishing, contributes to charity and involves himself in community service and attends church unfailingly every Sunday with his family. For those around him, he seems a happy guy content and well settled in life. But what they don’t know about David is his frequent pangs of anxiety, high tension which has led him to be a chronic heart patient, dissatisfaction with work and the sense of disquietude he feels in life. A highly trained architect passionate about buildings, David has been working for the past two decades in a faceless MNC so huge that he doesn’t even know the purpose of his job. He feels like the ancillary of a machine, replaceable and immaterial. “Don’t bring your work home”, his wife tells him every time he opens up about issues at the office. His only solace is the shrink’s couch that costs him 150 dollars an hour. Disenchanted, dissatisfied, David at age fifty has slowly realized this is all life is going to offer him and has resigned to his fate silently.

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    Proud to be Blind

    How could I, the average Muslim, without any scholarly credentials, ever understand anything? And since I can't, and since I'm not qualified, why bother even trying to understand the only book worth reading, the Quran? I will just shut my eyes, my ears, my imagination, my creativity, my thoughts, my feelings, my logic, my rationality, and I will just do as told, for that is the surest way to eternal bliss in the next life...

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    Farewell to the Statuses!

    We all had our dreams. When you were a kid, I suppose you dreamed about achieving something big in your life. We all did. We had our answers ready if any adult person asked: What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, a pilot, a teacher, a lawyer, a judge. I can remember myself dreaming about becoming a medical doctor, and to be honest, I had that dream until the day I was eighteen years old and I actually had to decide what I want to be when I grow up. So I gave up my dream, because reality never helps you with it. On the contrary, it will give you all the possible reasons to give up, because you are young and you are insecure, and you can't fight with that pressure.

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    Environmental Racism

    The problem of environmental fairness became one of the leading issues in social and political discussions of last three decades of XX century and is part and the parcel of ecological inequality of social and race groups and even whole nation’s discrimination. The incitement to this discussion became the investigations of an American sociologist Robert Ballard, who is considered the founder of the environmental unfairness theory, studying the fight of African-American communities against the arrangement of large-scale household landfills within the area of their residence in Texas, USA.

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    Regime Change to Save the Syrian People is Pure Hypocrisy

    Let’s start with the obvious: not a single international player cares about the welfare or security of the Syrian people. They may say they care, but actions speak louder than words.

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    Information Age and the Loss of Wisdom

    There are several definitions of the world information, but in everyday life it is equated with the communication, data, and knowledge. Any individual has to do with information in order to perceive outward things. It helps in correct assessment of events, making decisions, finding the better variant of actions. Intuitively people understand that information is supposed to be something that each of us improves our knowledge with.

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    The Responsibilities of the Victim

    No matter how carefully we plan our lives, bad things are going to happen. People close to us are going to die. We or people we care about are going to get terrible diseases. We are going to become the victims of crime or disfiguring accidents. These things are not anomalies. They are part of the normal course of life. The chance of any one disaster happening is usually low, but when you add up all the possible things that can go wrong, you have to face reality: You are going to encounter some major unanticipated catastrophes between now and the end of your life. Are you ready for them?

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    Now So Far Away: Our Self-sufficient Past

    We live in the era of Google and the super mart. Knowledge is just a fingertip away and you can buy sarees from Jaipur, ceramics from South Africa and asparagus from Chile, all under one roof. From a hunter-gatherer herder community we have come a long way into the modern civilization where the third molar has become only but an inconvenience. ‘Modernity’ seems to have replaced the barbaric/primitive life and beliefs of the past. However while contemporary civilization seems to provide all the luxuries of a fulfilling lifestyle, we continue to live increasingly a confined existence.

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    Globalization: Selling Pepsi in Vietnamese Jungle

    Globalization presents an idea of monoculture, as opposed to diverse cultures. The expansion of cultural products exchange increases the exposure of all societies to foreign cultures, mainly to western culture, and often brings changes to local values or traditions, therefore undermining cultural identity.

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    Dealing With the Bleeding Wounds of Life

    Childhood is undoubtedly one of the most important periods in life. A segment of our existence, in which we tend to learn values and skills to use later in life, but we also face some difficulties or issues for the first time, that we need to overcome. Some of which can leave a serious impact on us, such as the death of a beloved one, or an abuse experience.  And a phenomenon of hardly recovering or moving on from this occurrences can be a sign that we suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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    Video Games and Popular Culture

    Video Games- There is no escaping this beast of popular entertainment! From teenagers to young adults to even the old seem to be held in its grip. One can lose themselves in its magical virtual reality, be anybody, and do anything. Video games offer their users the chance of living, even if only virtually, in an alternative reality which provides them with the illusion of autonomy of life, the control over one’s life that the real world outside may not be providing. Much has been written, critiqued on the negative effects of video games in its violence and frequent sexism. The political impact of video games and their influence on the popular culture is a significant aspect of understanding this phenomenon.

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    A Fork in the Road

    Life is a series of forks in the road. At each junction, you have to take one path or the other, and the whole rest of your life can be permanently altered by this choice. Should you go to college or join the Army? Should you buy a new car or a used one? Should you get married or continue living in sin?

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    Who is Responsible Most for the Environmental Damage?

    To help decide that, we have to answer a few other questions.  Are we talking about  individuals or as one country as compared to other countries?  There’s also a big debate about whether or not if we have reached carrying capacity as a species. Carrying capacity is the maximum number of individuals of any one species that can occupy an ecosystem without destroying that whole ecosystem. There are lots of people who say we’ve grown past the exponential, are just starting the equilibrium phase where our population is more stable. Others say we have gone beyond our capacity, and without using more space, power, resources, somehow we are going to hit starvation. A third camp is that of course we have gone past our carrying capacity.  The claim is that we went past from world wars and the increase in wartime babies, in the U.S. generation known as “Baby Boomers”.  But we pushed it further by developing fertilizers, pesticides, and genetic engineering of plants to produce more and higher yield crops for the same acreage of space.

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    The Future of Nuclear Family – The Need to Rethink the "Family"

    The family, especially the nuclear family is the foundational social organization upon which every other institution thrives and survives. We have come to understand and expect of the family in terms of the larger social function it performs; it is the seat of comfort and growth, individual development and internalization of social and religious morals and values. The institution of the family has been understood to be inevitably an important part in modern societies. However in recent times the very structure of the nuclear family, as the two parent headed household with their children, has been waning and changing forms with change in lifestyles and individual choices. Will the traditional nuclear family survive? What is the future of the nuclear family?

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    Democracy in Trouble: The Era of Democratically Elected Dictators

    The political climate of the 21st century, only 16 years into its conception, has witnessed some of the most dramatic events all over the world in a way that has made the progression of history seem to take a violent u-turn. These incidents seem to be suggestive to some that we are living in the “twilight of democracy”, where that very ideal of modern civilization is threatened with extinction. While the attempted military coup in Turkey and military controlled governments such as in Myanmar and Thailand demonstrate the stark contrast between democracy and dictatorship, a growing number of countries are witnessing the rise of the ultra rightist political parties that come to power through the doors of democracy which is then threatened by them.

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    Smart Cities or Final Fatal Strike to Freedom?

    Most of us hearing “Smart city” imagine some sort of futuristic panorama: flying cars, robots, lasers, holographic objects. That is not quite right, however, for smart city, also known as “Intellectual or digital city”, is named so not only because of the technologies used for its development.   

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    The Career Labyrinth: There is No Exit

    Most of us have been told, at least few times in our childhood, that education, effort and hard work lead us to a successful life. And yeah, in general we do accept that statement. In a world where there are much more people than there are jobs and opportunities available, every little counts. So if we devote ourselves to improving on daily bases and having ambitions, we are on great path to success. But is this effort really that worth it?

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    Meaning in the Age of Nihilism

    In 2000 I wrote a few hundred words on "The Age of Nihilism." Some years later that descriptive title is far more apt than before. Like a poison gas settling down over a battlefield, nihilism has, at least for the moment, begun to cloak or threaten so much of contemporary life and thought.

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    Who Are the Champions of Cruelty: Human Beings or?

    You are probably familiar with the claim that human beings are the most cruel creatures on the earth. But, given an objective analysis of the nature and universe, could this cliché possibly be misleading? Observations in the nature and animal world show that the human beings are not alone in performing cruelty on purpose. Furthermore, we are almost sure that outer universe is not that innocent either; galaxies, stars, planets and asteroids are in an incessant struggle to pull and swallow anything weaker. Under such circumstances, what precisely makes us human beings to feel we are the cruelest?

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    The Fading Hopes of the Arab Spring

    The Arab Spring was set in motion by the actions of a single man, Muhammad Bouazizi, in Tunisia on December 17, 2010. The man set himself ablaze in response to the Tunisian government confiscating his stand a day before. Like many men in the Middle East, he worked humbly as a vendor – his stand being the only source of income for his family. When the government had confiscated his livelihood without justification, he reacted radically.

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  • Proud to be Blind

    Proud to be Blind0

    How could I, the average Muslim, without any scholarly credentials, ever understand anything? And since I can’t, and since I’m not qualified, why bother even trying to understand the only book worth reading, the Quran? I will just shut my eyes, my ears, my imagination, my creativity, my thoughts, my feelings, my logic, my rationality, and I will just do as told, for that is the surest way to eternal bliss in the next life…

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  • Regime Change to Save the Syrian People is Pure Hypocrisy

    Regime Change to Save the Syrian People is Pure Hypocrisy0

    Let’s start with the obvious: not a single international player cares about the welfare or security of the Syrian people. They may say they care, but actions speak louder than words.

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  • Supply and Demand Curve of the Happiness Market

    Supply and Demand Curve of the Happiness Market0

    Modern consumption oriented society gradually transforms culture and starts to dictate its own laws. One of the fundamental laws of this new dictatorship is worshiping success and material well-being cult. Modern society does not need sufferers and loosers; it requires beautiful, happy and successful people. Anyone willing to be considered its full-fledged member simply MUST be successful and happy. It is no longer enough to “have not less and not worse than others”, humanity feels the burden of the usual trend of developments; for people have to successfully compete within the society.

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  • Caste Inequalities and Social Revolution: A Case for India

    Caste Inequalities and Social Revolution: A Case for India0

    Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s political treatise ‘Annihilation of Caste’ remains to be his most radical and controversial work, utopian in character and revolutionary in nature which has led Anand Teltumbde to write that “what the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist world, Annihilation of Caste is to India”. In his work while Ambedkar deeply criticizes the social foundations of Hindu society built upon a system of economic exploitation and socio-political inequality masquerading as divine providence, he also critiques the social reform and the socialist movements for failing to address the issue of caste. The essay is thus an attempt at not only a reinterpretation of Indian history (and religion) but also a plea towards the then existing socio-political movements towards self inquiry. In retrospect Ambedkar’s work represents, first, the unfinished project of renaissance in India, and second, the need for the Dalit assertion within the working class movement.

  • Save Your Life From Lifestyle!

    Save Your Life From Lifestyle!0

    When you are a kid all you want to do is to fit in, when you grow up all you want is to be different.  Remember when you were in school and everyone had that t-shirt with a pic of your favorite band on it? Everyone had it except you. You wanted it so badly, and right when you convinced your parents to buy it for you – ta, da! The whole school is wearing those converse sneakers, and you are stuck again somewhere in between your tryings to fit in and your parents. You were so unhappy and so lonely in your regular boring sneakers.

  • The Individual, Alienation and the Workplace

    The Individual, Alienation and the Workplace0

    David is your average everyday guy. Middle aged, married with children, he lives the ideal middle class suburban life. A dedicated and competent professional, he works full-time in a big Multi National Corporation. During his days off he goes fishing, contributes to charity and involves himself in community service and attends church unfailingly every Sunday with his family. For those around him, he seems a happy guy content and well settled in life. But what they don’t know about David is his frequent pangs of anxiety, high tension which has led him to be a chronic heart patient, dissatisfaction with work and the sense of disquietude he feels in life. A highly trained architect passionate about buildings, David has been working for the past two decades in a faceless MNC so huge that he doesn’t even know the purpose of his job. He feels like the ancillary of a machine, replaceable and immaterial. “Don’t bring your work home”, his wife tells him every time he opens up about issues at the office. His only solace is the shrink’s couch that costs him 150 dollars an hour. Disenchanted, dissatisfied, David at age fifty has slowly realized this is all life is going to offer him and has resigned to his fate silently.

  • Sentenced to Life Imprisonment: At home

    Sentenced to Life Imprisonment: At home0

    Last half a millennium, brought us many amazing discoveries. Individuals like Da Vinci, Copernicus, Galilei, Bell, Mendeleev, Tesla, Einstein, Curie, brothers Wright, etc. devoted their lives to make present and future better for the mankind. They invented or discovered many crucial innovations, responsible for making our life much easier than the life that our ancestors had. So 500 years of researching and projecting brought us to the ongoing modern life in 21st century, and that life mostly revolves around one particular development. Technology.

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  • How Alternative is the Alternative Energy?

    How Alternative is the Alternative Energy?0

    None of us remembers the times when human being could only rely on timber as the provider of energy.  Our ancestors going into woods and collecting dry or broken branches to heat and cook have fallen into oblivion. The invention of the hand tools, which by the way coincided with the times when ancient humans started to verbally communicate, was of much use for them as they could cut branches and even fall trees. Humanity evolution took us further, higher and deeper into the usage of resources the Earth could generously offer. Until one, environmentalists would say, not so perfect day, the power of fossil fuel – coal, oil and gas –  was discovered and people gradually learnt how to extract, process and use it.

  • International Politics: Why so Much Complication?

    International Politics: Why so Much Complication?0

    So much force, fraud, and intrigue have been, and are, dominating the international arena, that the concepts like trust and confidence among the various nations are almost impossible to think of. As a performance platform of so-called national interests, the international relations rather look like a chaotic market place, where everybody is trying to rip off everybody. So why do morals have so little impact on mutual relationship between nations?

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  • Farewell to the Statuses!

    Farewell to the Statuses!0

    We all had our dreams. When you were a kid, I suppose you dreamed about achieving something big in your life. We all did. We had our answers ready if any adult person asked: What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, a pilot, a teacher, a lawyer, a judge. I can remember myself dreaming about becoming a medical doctor, and to be honest, I had that dream until the day I was eighteen years old and I actually had to decide what I want to be when I grow up. So I gave up my dream, because reality never helps you with it. On the contrary, it will give you all the possible reasons to give up, because you are young and you are insecure, and you can’t fight with that pressure.

  • Contemporary and Devastating: The Plague of Anxiety Disorder

    Contemporary and Devastating: The Plague of Anxiety Disorder0

    Statistics of anxiety increase, panic strikes, suicidal thoughts causes worry, leading in turn to the chronic anxiety, which nowadays became one of the prevailing mental maladies with more than 40,000,000 diagnosed with it only in North America. It is emotionally and energetically exhaustive and causes many cardio-vascular, gastro-intestinal and immune system disorders, not to mention its ability to distract productive life, deprive of joy and happiness, for people are not capable of feeling positive and negative emotions simultaneously.

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