Media Coverage

Looking at each newspaper we can see some differences, some of them stick out more then the other. The LA Times they focus more on news from the US, and not so much international news. The most recurring article are about Trump. They also focus more on American politics and local events. There were also article involving race.

The Guardian on the other hand is more international, and the focus more on Brexit and other international news involving politics. There I could find news articles about Dhaka, Syra and Venezuela.

Al Jazeera focusses more on the middle east and muslim countries, but they also had articles about Trump and American gun politics. They did also have news about Dhaka, like The Guardian had.

CNN, like The Guardian, focusses more on international news, and I could find articles about Brexit and Trump. But, unlike the other ones there was a little more sport and news about celebrities.

The Australian, like the name suggests, focussed more on Australian news. There was a lot about politics, and especially one politician named Pauline Hanson. She was the headline news, and have been that for the past two weeks.

Like The Guardian, BBC had a lot about Brexit, but they also had a lot of international news, and some article involving Trump.

The most recurring articles were about Brexit and news about Dhaka, even though Trump was the most recurring person, the articles about him varied in topics. All of the news paper varied in topics and headlines, but some of them, like The Guardian and BBC had a lot of the same articles.

 

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“How are human speeding species extinction and altering the natural world?”

 

We are speeding extinction and altering the natural world through human actions. Farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining are examples on how we, human beings, are affecting the world. Also, things like deforesting (more…) We are also spending the exaction of species through global warming and drastic climate change, which are results of our actions.

For the past 100 years, or since 1500, at leat 680 species have decreased. More then 1000 species are threatened, and over 500 000 land species are at risk of extinction because that they do not have enough natuaral habitats. Areas that are highly at risk are Africa and Brazil´s rainforest. There are a lot biodiversity, and various species living in those areas.

 

 

Diplomatic Immunity

Should diplomats be allowed to claim diplomatic immunity to avoid getting penalty or get in trouble, while other “regular” people have to face the consequences of their actions?

In 2016 a South African diplomat in Oslo caused a traffic accident where a young woman was injured. The diplomat claimed something called diplomatic immunity. Diplomatic immunity is immunity granted ambassadors or diplomats in other countries to protect them from persecution when they travel on diplomatic duties. Since the diplomat claimed diplomatic immunity he was not questioned by the police.

The pros with diplomatic immunity are that it protects diplomats and allows them to operate without fearing for their lives in their host countries. They can express themselves as they want without being oppressed, and can preform their diplomatic duties without worrying.

On the other hand, with diplomatic immunity the diplomats can do whatever they want without any legal consequences. This makes it easier to misuse it. And, even with or without the immunity the diplomats are still at risk from, for instance, terror attacks. The diplomats can easier get away, or avoid problem that have made themselves.

Giving diplomats diplomatic immunity is not fair towards everyone else, and should in my opinion, not be allowed to claim. Imagine if they were to commit a real crime? Should they just be allowed to walk free without any consequences for their actions? Everyone should be held responsible for their actions. Diplomat or not.

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Spotlight

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The oscar-winning movie “Spotlight” from 2015 showed what went on behind close doors when “The Boston Globe” uncovered the many sexual abuses done by catoclic priests to children and made them public.

Behind the simple, and maybe “boring” atmosphere that carries on the entire movie, the horror of what is actually going on is like a grey cloud that drives the story and its plot. The characters are regular looking people, that are not cleaned shaved or dressed in fancy clothes. They looks just like the average human being, and what real people that works in a media firm would look. The simpleness of the movie makes the movie even more realistic and believable. I guess with a movie that has such a strong and horrifying plot it balances it of well. Also, making the movie in this way makes the moments that are truly shocking even more intense and more realistic.

In a movie about uncovering and fetch the priests that have sexually abused children, there are quit few glimpses of actual kids. There are some moments where, for instance, one of the characters uncover something, or meets one of the priests, that we see children. This makes the realisation of what has been going on even deeper, and it really gets in your face.

The whole premise of the movie is bringing awareness and shine a light on what has been going on, and what went on back before they revealed all of it. The movie was quit honest and raw, and the most shocking was all of the facts that was presented. For instance the level of spiritual abuse that were done by the priest to those little boys, and how they groomed them before they abused them. The most shocking of them all were maybe the fact that so many knew, and the church just covered it up. Many of the priest were sent to, so called, treatment centres, but that was as far as what was done about it. Young boys were being taken advantage of, and in this movie, when we see them interviewed as adult they looked, again, like regular, tough guys. Guys you would not thing had experienced something so horrific.

The movie has a constant darkness over it, the lighting is always a little dark and gloomy, and it represents the whole feel over the situation. It is not a light and happy movie because the theme and premise is not light-hearted. It got out the message and it educated, and made me look at the entire situation in a very different way, and I learned and got information about what really went on through the revelations and information the main characters made throughout the movie. All in all, I liked the movie, even though it was slow, the plot carried it well.

 

“The earth is dying, stop denying!”

On Thursday 21th, 2019, we, the “twitter-generation,” the inhertinens of this planet, tok a stand and let our voices be heard. We, together, striked because of the little actions that have been done about climate challenges by the politicians.

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Our generation will be the first generation to face the true consequences of what we are NOT doing now, and the last one to be able to do anything about it. That is why I, and all of us striked. Politicians have failed us, and they are the ones that have the power to make the differences needed. We might not be able to vote, but we sure have a voice that deserve to be heard!

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I striked because I wanted to participate in something I know is important for myself and  my children, and our future. I wanted my presence to be seen and my voice to be heard alongside all the other fellow youth of my generation. The earth is dying, and we can’t just watch it happen.

 

 

My Son the Fanatic and Free for All: Father-son relationship

In the short stories “My Son the Fanatic” and “Free for All” we met two very different fathers, with two very different sons. Both of the fathers are immigrants from Pakistan, that now lives in a very different culture then they are used to, and both struggles to understand their sons when they starts to go into their teen years.

In “Free for All” the father is very successful, and has very strong opinions on how his teen son should be. When his son starts to speak up, and wants to do his own thing and follow his dreams, the father takes it as a sign of disrespect. The father strongly tries to shape his son to become the men he wants him to be, a son he can brag to his friends about. The son in this story is very well integrated into the society and wants to do his thing. The father on the other hand is more intertwined with people from his own culture still, so he feel strongly about the values from his own culture. He expects for his son to do what he is told.

In “My Son the Fanatic,” on the other hand, the father is more willing to try to understand his son when he starts to act different. The big difference in this story though is that the son here is starting to turn more muslim, and developed a hate for the western society. He faces an identity crisis, and probably, like the father in “Free for All,” feels like he does not belong where he is. The father in this story is well integrated and has friends from outside his own culture.

Both stories ends up with the fathers beating their sons because of the lack of respect from their sons, so maybe deep down the fathers are not that different? The story maybe shows that culture is well rooted into all of us, and some thing we are costume too are difficult to end. In “My Son the Fanatic” though, it seems almost like the son, even though he was beaten, won or it was an victory, and the opposite in “Free for All. ”

 

 

Two immigrant voices

In the stand up-shows “Homecoming king,” by Hasan Minhaj and “Son of Patricia,” by Trevor Noah, we are introduced to two different background of immigration.

In the “Homecoming King,” Hasan Minhaj talks about his life , and tell us how it was like to grow up and live in an immigrant family in a ironic way, almost like a fairytale at times. A humorouse and ironic fairytale. He uses a lot of exaggerations, especially that builds on stereotype, that are not so kind, on his behalf.

He also talk a lot about having immigrant parents, and being an immigrant himself. He talks about experiences he had in school, trying to fit in, but always being “the brown kid,” but how being discriminated against led to him discriminating his sister when she first arrived. He said that he “turned in to a republican,” and said thing like “send them back to where they came from.” He talked about the fact that he took out his anger on his sister, and became like the ones that treated him bad.