• Being LGBT in Tunisia: Liberty and Justice is not for all.

    It was in Tunisia that the Arab Springs caught fire, quite literally, when Mohamed Bouazizi ignited himself in front of the government office in his hometown. Yet, not everyone in the country has been able to bask in these new democratic reforms. LGBT Individuals in Tunisia still face discrimination...
  • Armenian Folk Song Analysis Summary

    When I listen to the Armenian Choir’s beautifully rehearsed folk song, it’s hard to not ask myself, “What is this song about?”.  As I listen to the song, I find that the voices just become another instrument, as I do not speak the language and the words are rendered...
  • Wienerlieder

      Wienerlieder are traditional Viennese folk songs, historically sung in taverns and inns. They are written and sung in the Viennese dialect and they frequently contain obscure references and hidden jokes that make them nearly incomprehensible to outsiders. Though examples of the genre date as early as the late...
  • Sachertorte

    Sachertorte is a chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam, covered in dark chocolate. It’s arguably one of the most important foods for Viennese people because it is one of the only foods to have been known to be created and made exclusively for the Viennese. In 1832 the cake...
  • Toblerone and Child Soldiers

    Written by Matthew Meyers (California Maritime Academy) Edited by Aimee Casey (Diablo Valley College) Faculty Advisor: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay)   In November 2016, the corporate media covered the junk food news story “Toblerone changes its iconic shape and chocoholics go crazy” while the independent media...
  • The Vienna State Opera House

    The Vienna Opera House Megan Pease COR 330 “This famous stage offers a different program every day, with over 50 operas and ballet works on around 300 days per season” (Vienna). The structure of the opera house was designed by a Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg. The inside...
  • Ocean Robbed In a Nuclear Stick-UP

    Written by Michael Torreano (California Maritime Academy) Edited by Aimee Casey (Diablo Valley College) Faculty Advisor: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay)   In August 2016, during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the corporate media covered “U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Brazil” while...
  • Kanye West Exhausts The Big Pharma

    Written by Steven McCombs (California Maritime Academy) Edited by Aimee Casey (Diablo Valley College) Faculty Advisor: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay) On November 21, 2016, the corporate media covered the junk food news story “Kanye West Hospitalized after Canceling Saint Pablo Tour” while the independent media covered...
  • Kaepernick ‘Threw’ The Election And Downgraded Zika?

    Written by Sebastian Trucios (California Maritime Academy) Edited by Aimee Casey (Diablo Valley College) Faculty Advisor: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay) In November 2016, the corporate media covered the junk food news story “Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Vote” while the independent media covered “Zika No Longer Global ‘Health...