Purchase College journalism students explore the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conflict in Chiapas, Mexico

By Sarah Koenig

In the early hours of January 1, 1994, most of the world was celebrating the promise of a new year. Businessmen in America might have been debating the benefits of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was to go into effect later that day. But in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, in the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, a conflict began which would thrust the small region into the international spotlight. MORE...

 

The civil war in Sri Lanka

By Erica Keets

The tropical Island of Sri Lanka, located off the southeastern coast of India, is lined with lush beaches, vacation resorts, and the tanned bodies of tourists, sheltered from a bloody and violent civil war that drones on into its 18th year. In an attempt to explain and introduce the on-going conflict in Sri Lanka, I have put together a historical overview, maps and pictures, sections on battles and children in the war, and an interview with Crystal Keets, product manager and traveler abroad. MORE...

 

Ebola in Africa

By Erin Kuch

Ebola attacks every organ of the body. It does in ten days what the HIV virus does in ten years. Ebola is transmitted by contact with bodily fluids. No one knows where the disease originated. Victims start out with headaches, aching pains, and red eyes. Most people think they have the flu. But then intense vomiting, also known as "black vomit", follows the headache. As the virus multiplies inside the host, it literally melts every organ in the body. This leads to severe hemorrhaging, as the blood pours out of the body. This process is known as "crash and bleed." MORE...

 

Bullfighting in Spain

By Marisa Harris

Directly before the fight much is done to the bull to ensure the success of the matador, and the appeasement of the audience. Heavy weights may be hung around the bull's neck for weeks prior to the fight. The bull's horns are shaved so that when the bull thrusts at the picador or matador the bull will not be able to hit them. To blur the bull's vision Vaseline is rubbed into its eyes. It's ears and nostrils may also be stuffed with cotton wool. The bull's kidneys may be beaten, as well as turpentine rubbed on its legs to make the bull jump around the ring and seen wild. Massive doses of sulphates may also be put into the bull's water to induce diarrhea and intestinal pain. The bull is confined in a dark room with no food or water before the fight. MORE...

 

The struggle for the Amazonian rain forests

By Ryan Penagos

Every minute, according to the World Wildlife Fund, twenty-five to fifty acres of the worlds' rain forests are cut or burned to the ground. The Rain Forest Site states that almost two acres of tropical rainforest disappear every second. The United Nations states that seventeen million acres of rainforest are cut down every year, while some other estimates put the number as high as fifty million. Along with the forests and other types of flora themselves, the indigenous humans and other wildlife inhabiting the areas are in grave danger. MORE...