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Author: Eliana Saidel

Changing Disney for a Changing World – Junior Eliana Saidel Reviews Beauty and the Beast

Slider image courtesy of Pinterest. For a tale as old as time, Disney’s new live action remake of Beauty and the Beast directed by Bill Condon has a fresh new face. Equipped with a fantastic cast, creative crew, and music that makes it impossible to resist singing along, Beauty and the Beast waltzed into theaters and enchanted audiences nationwide. However, this remake was not exactly as true as it could be.   Disney’s original version of the film from 1991 is a timeless classic that has captivated audiences of all ages. Despite its timeless appeal, there were those who...

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The Persistent Reality of Fake News

In a world where the entirety of human knowledge lies at our fingertips and where information travels faster than ever before, the media and news outlets worldwide have take up a special burden. Even a century ago, when news was still spread by means of physical newspapers, the media had a special task in society: to bring unbiased and unadulterated facts to the public, and the facts only. While it is true that there seems to be an abundance of fake news surfacing today, this is not a new phenomenon – we, as a society, have been dealing with...

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United Nations v. Israel, 2016?

On Oct. 6, 2016 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution regarding the status of East Jerusalem and the holy sites therein. Then, on Dec. 23, 2016 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed Resolution 2334, which discussed the settlements in and around the West Bank. These two resolutions are detrimental to the Israeli government, the Israeli people, and the chance for true peace in the Middle East. UNESCO’s October resolution states that the city of Jerusalem is filled with Muslim holy sites. This is an undeniable fact. However, the resolution does not validate...

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Weaving Social Commentary into Fiction: Intolerance in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

From the scenic English countryside to the hustle and bustle of London, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has captured the hearts of millions worldwide since 1997. Now, six years since the final movie came out, Rowling once again allowed audiences to plunge into the wizarding world headfirst and experience a brand-new magical movie sensation: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Rowling and directed by David Yates. Rowling’s new movie is an adventure into the wizarding world of America in the 1920’s, a time when tensions were strained and everyone was on edge. The story follows Newt...

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Races for House and Senate Seats Heat-Up in Kansas and Missouri

Slider images courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, edited by Haidee Clauer While the country focuses on the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, state elections are taking place as well. This November, the sitting Republican representative to the United States House of Representatives for Kan. 3rd District, Kevin Yoder, is facing Democrat Jay Sidie. Additionally, Republican Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is running against Democrat and current Mo. Secretary of State Jason Kander. The Missouri Senate is especially significant because a Kander victory is viewed as crucial to the Democrats regaining a Senate majority, as they only...

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