South Africa declares state of disaster following fatal flooding
KwaZulu-Natal has been subject to fatal floods for a little over two weeks at the time of this article's publication. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

South Africa declares state of disaster following fatal flooding

Since Apr. 11, rampant rains and heavy flooding have been tearing up the east coast of South Africa, devastating the province of KwaZulu-Natal. As of the time of this article’s publication, the confirmed death toll has risen to 448 people, with about 48 people missing…

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A new wave of McCarthyism and censorship quietly sweeps the country
An altered image of an anti-Russian movie poster. Photo courtesy of history.com.

A new wave of McCarthyism and censorship quietly sweeps the country

In the United States, we ever so proudly laud our achievements with civil liberties. Guarantees to the freedom of press, speech and equality of treatment are our blood-bone. The very fabric of democratized society is stone carved and enameled upon unalienable rights. Yet, as the…

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The United States and Venezuela’s ever-evolving relationship
The American and Venezuelan flags together. (Image courtesy of flickr.)

The United States and Venezuela’s ever-evolving relationship

Since Jan 23. 2019, the United States and Venezuela have not had any official diplomatic ties to one another. The two countries have had a tumultuous relationship over the years, especially in the last two decades, making recent commercial negotiations between the two regarding crude…

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Contextualizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Wreckage of a missile strike on a residential building in Ukraine. Photo courtesy of kyivcity.gov.

Contextualizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

In the morning of Feb. 24, 2022, (Eastern European Standard Time) President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation in Ukraine,” and just after explosions were reported in major cities across Ukraine. Russian troops, which had been amassed in areas surrounding Ukraine, near…

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From student of French to teacher of English: spotlight on alums in the Teaching Assistant Program in France
Alum Joey Daniels (‘21) poses in front of pyramid structure designed by I.M. Pei, architect of New College’s Pei residence buildings, inside the Louvre Museum.

From student of French to teacher of English: spotlight on alums in the Teaching Assistant Program in France

Living abroad undoubtedly presents its challenges, but for New College students who have studied foreign language, these difficulties can be less daunting. For former students Abi DeGregorio (‘19) and Joey Daniels (‘21), the choice to move abroad after graduation was clear after both became English…

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The takeover of Afghanistan: how history repeats itself
A map demonstrating how the Taliban has gained near complete control of Afghanistan since Aug. 16. Photo courtesy of BBC.

The takeover of Afghanistan: how history repeats itself

On Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, the Taliban had successfully taken control of the presidential palace, thus finalizing their takeover of Afghanistan. The Taliban’s expedient takeover took place over a matter of days—as U.S. forces pulled out of the region and Afghani security forces trained and…

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Global strike demands climate action

SRQ demonstrators gathered around speeches during the first portion of the strike.All photo credits go to Sergio Salinas First-year students Dylan Gelderman and Aniston Hoffman prepared signs to take to the Sarasota Climate Strike. The Global Climate Strike took place Friday Sept. 20. Climate activists…

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