Satirical art thriving under U.S. administration

When Michael de Adder received news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, he said he felt shock and anger, and decided to pick up his pens and draw a picture of Trump kissing a reluctant Lady Liberty. A Halifax-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist, de Adder is one cartoonist among many who has found plenty to draw about during this new American presidential term. “If everything was hunky-dory in the world, cartoonists would have a hard go of it,” de Adder said. “But politics, being what it is, always leads to situations that are ripe for lampooning. And right now, the situation couldn’t be better for cartoonists.” For de Adder, what motivates him to draw political cartoons is anger. He said his […]

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Student activism in the Trump era

Donald Trump took his seat as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Less than two months later, global citizens have been banding together and protesting in response to his leadership. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and around the world, and the demonstrations across the globe against Trump’s travel ban, are just a few examples of solidarity. And students are no stranger to this type of activism. Students have a long history of social activism, and the number of student activists is on the rise. According to the American Freshman National Survey from 2014 to 2015, there was a 2.9 per cent increase in those who said there was a “very good chance” of them participating […]

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Canadian law students participate in research-a-thon for refugees

Law students across Canada took part in a joint research effort on Feb. 4 to review legal arguments that could help individuals targeted by the proposed U.S. travel ban. The travel ban, which has now been refuted by the Supreme Court in America, prohibits people with citizenship from seven countries of primarily Muslim faith from entering the U.S., and stopped the intake of Syrian refugees until further notice. The 12-hour “research-a-thon” event was organized by three law students at McGill University, and included over 800 participants from all 22 of Canada’s law schools, according to Brodie Noga, one of the event’s organizers. Participants also raised $8,800 in donations for the Canadian Council of Refugees. Noga said the idea began as […]

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Q + A: Creator of @Trump_Regrets twitter account Erica Baguma

Since taking office on Jan. 20, a number of Americans who voted for Donald Trump have come to regret their decision, and are sharing their disappointment online. Erica Baguma, a third-year social anthropology student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, started the Twitter account @Trump_Regrets in November 2016. By searching various hashtags and keywords, Baguma re-tweets people who regret casting their ballot for Trump to over 200,000 followers. A few celebrities follow the account, including Dan Harmon, the creator of Community, and comedian Rosie O’Donnell. The Charlatan spoke with Baguma about what she’s learned about Trump voters since starting the account, and what people regret the most. The Charlatan (TC): Why did you want to start the account? Was […]

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Model United Nations members affected by Trump’s travel ban

Travel plans for members of Carleton’s United Nations Society are in jeopardy after U.S. President Donald Trump enacted a temporary immigration ban earlier this month. The team is sending a delegation to Boston, Mass., for the Harvard National Model United Nations, but two members might not be able to join them due to complications with the ban. Though President Trump’s immigration ban has been temporarily frozen by U.S. federal judge James Robart, Nikola Milutinovic, the president of the society, said the two students are still unable to attend the conference. “The ban was lifted recently, but it’s too late to plan a trip to Harvard for them,” Milutinovic said. “Had it not been for the ban, we understand they would […]

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