Weeks after Amazon fire, Indonesia’s forests are burning

Just weeks after the height of the Amazon rainforest fire that spread across South America and continues to burn, Indonesia is now also undergoing a massive forest fire. The fire, ravaging the country since July has destroyed 800,000 acres of land.

British Parliament reaches standstill on Brexit discussions

British Parliament reaches standstill on Brexit discussions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to prorogue the Parliamentary session for five weeks on Sept. 9. In the face of mounting pressures from all sides of English politics to finalize action within the European Union (EU), Johnson has suspended Parliament from meeting until three weeks before the highly awaited Brexit plan is meant to be released.

Chinese Cultural Association puts on Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese Cultural Association puts on Mid-Autumn Festival

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, over an hour before the Mid-Autumn Festival began, the line of students out of the Blanchard Great Room had reached the second floor. The annual event, put on by the Chinese Cultural Association (CCA), included traditional Chinese food and performances.

Amazonian fires threaten regional biodiversity and rainforest life

The Amazon rainforest, spanning eight countries and over 2 million square miles, experienced an 80 percent increase in fires this year. Fires are devastating local species and have international implications surrounding climate change and human consumption 

Prince Harry calls for ban of popular online game “Fortnite”

Prince Harry calls for ban of popular online game “Fortnite”

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

Prince Harry called for a U.K. ban of the online survival game “Fortnite” on Thursday, April 4, claiming the game was “created to addict.” His remarks are the latest in an ongoing global debate on whether online gaming is detrimental to human health.

Home Away From MoHome: Northern Ireland’s political turmoil firsthand

BY LILY REAVIS ’21

Mount Holyoke’s study abroad program was one of the main factors contributing to my decision to attend the College. As a senior in high school, I dreamed about the semester I would spend abroad: walking along old European streets, visiting tourist sites like Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower and running daily errands in a glamorous city. Now, halfway through my experience, I wish that my prior viewpoint had made room for the less romantic aspects of living in a different country.

Yiqi Chen ’21’s Taste of Home: Beijing fire tripe

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

Animal intestines, although unappetizing to many, are a delicacy to Yiqi Chen ’21, an international student from Beijing, China. Beef tripe in particular is one of Chen’s favorite foods from home. “Among the many Chinese ways of eating innards, Beijing’s ‘ re tripe’ is very special,” said Chen. “It is typical of Beijing-style street foods: simple and plain.”

Three female activists released from Saudi prison

BY SAMAN BHAT ’22

After 10 months of incarceration, three Saudi women’s rights activists — Iman al-Nafjan, a famous Saudi blogger, Aziza al-Youssef, a retired lecturer at King Saud University and Ruqaya al-Mohareb, an academic were temporarily released from prison. The women finally went home last Thursday, March 28 after being arrested along with over a dozen other activists in May of 2018.

New Zealand honors victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack

New Zealand honors victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack

BY LEEN RHAZI ’22

One week after the March 15 terrorist attack that killed 50 Muslims at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, 5,000 mourners gathered in a park across from Al Noor for a Muslim prayer service. At the service, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered a speech dressed in a black headscarf prior to broadcasting the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, nationwide.

Second annual Irish Fest celebrates Irish music and dance

Second annual Irish Fest celebrates Irish music and dance

BY CASEY ROEPKE ’21

Mount Holyoke’s Folk Music and Dance Society (FMDS) hosted their second annual Irish Fest, celebrating Irish music, dance and heritage, on the night of Saturday, March 23. An Irish flag hung vertically against the window of the Abbey-Buckland multipurpose space as traditional Irish instrumental music played and students and community members ate soda bread, sipped ginger beer and took their seats.

US-North Korea nuclear summit ended without deal

US-North Korea nuclear summit ended without deal

BY VICTORIA WANG ’20

The world’s eyes were on the nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States on Thursday, Feb. 28, expecting a disarmament deal between the two countries. Despite expectations, the talks were inconclusive and ended before a deal was reached.