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The power of the individual: Dissecting the American Dream to reveal its multifaceted definition

Fill in the blanks: "If I have a job as a _____, then I can make a lot of____ and therefore I will be ____." The common and generalized idea of the American is to attend college, (graduate of course), and then work a high-paying job. After establishing oneself in the workplace, marrying and producing children is the logical progression written by the standards of society.

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Hunger in education

"Don't you ever eat breakfast?" I asked my high school-aged brother as I was taking him to school one morning. "Nah," he replied, as do the majority of students today. In our hardworking society where parents are working long hours, rushing off to work in the morning, or even in severe cases, are simply not around, ensuring students get a hearty breakfast before school has been placed on the backburner. Even as adults, our bad habits have carried over into many of us failing to nourish our bodies first thing before work in the morning.

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Global warming and the hunger epidemic

We are all familiar with the devastating pictures of starving children from Africa. This terrible epidemic has come into our living rooms for as long as I can remember. The commercials claim that just a few pennies a day is all it takes to make a difference in a starving child's life, yet the epidemic continues. The latest estimated figure is that approximately 800 million people worldwide are starving and living in extreme poverty.

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Syria's conflict

In 2010 the Arab Spring brought mass protests for reform throughout the Middle East. A series of violent and nonviolent demonstrations by civilians were met with hardline responses from the regimes of Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, as well as many others in the region. The chaos and violence that has erupted as a result of the Arab Spring has highlighted the political instability of the Middle East, particularly in Syria.

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The human toll of today's modern day slavery

A small article published by CNN on November 14, 2013 could have easily fallen through the cracks of acknowledgement for many readers who are unaware of the severity of human trafficking. However, the anti-human trafficking advocacy world caught it. After investigating a film company out of Toronto for over three years, law enforcement agencies from all over the world came together to make nearly 350 arrests and free over 380 children from sexual abuse and trafficking.

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