Sabine Gillelen

Sabine Gillelen

Bio: Sabine Gillelen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The diverse culture of this area, along with the international schools she attended, inspired Sabine to attend university outside of the US. She is currently earning a BA in Economics and International Studies at St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain. Sabine is passionate about traveling, food, politics, and various art mediums, from visual to audible. Her favorite aspect of traveling has always been the opportunity to connect with and listen to the life stories of people from different cultural backgrounds. So naturally, she is ecstatic to develop her passion for storytelling through writing as a member of the NYCTastemakers team.
Politics

Biden Will Need to Use Executive Action to Get Things Done in 2023

With Republicans now controlling the House of Representatives and vowing to fight President Biden’s agenda, journalist David Dayen says Democrats will need to get comfortable using executive action, as a raft of major legislation passed in the previous Congress will need to be put into action by the administration. “The next year, the next two years, isn’t going to be about legislative action,” says Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect. “But it can be a time of real governing changes as these big laws get implemented.”

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Latest News

Pro Bolsonaro Brazilians Storm Capital

On Sunday, supporters of the far right, former Brazilian president, Bolsonaro, stormed the Congress, Supreme Court, and Presidential Palace in the capital Brasilia. The attack on Brazil’s capital came just a week after the leftist worker party leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, became inaugurated as Brazil’s president. The mob was made up of hundreds of Brazilians who trashed offices, broke windows, and destroyed the computer and art equipment on display. Police have arrested 400 rioters since Sunday.

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Sports

Brazil’s Leftist President Lula Speaks Out About Neymar

The Brazilian football player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known as Neymar, has been speaking out in vocal support of Brazil’s former far-right president Bolsonaro. The football player began commenting on politics during Brazil’s election this year. According to Lula da Silva, Bolsonaro’s political opponent and current president of Brazil, this year’s election was to be “one of the most important [elections] in history” because of the two “opposing projects of the country.”

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Latest News

South Carolina Strikes Down Abortion Ban; Idaho Upholds Near Total Ban

This week, South Carolina’s supreme court ruled that laws banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy unconstitutionally violate women’s right to privacy. While this was a significant win for abortion rights activists in the South, hours after South Carolina’s ruling, Idaho’s supreme court drew the opposite conclusion and found that the constitution in that state did not protect a right to abortion, upholding laws which limit women’s reproductive rights,

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Music

Coolest Music Festivals on Earth

There are not many better ways to enjoy the Southern Californian sun than spending a day at Coachella, a music festival where choosing the outfits is almost as much fun as the actual event. The first Coachella music festival happened in October 1999.

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Latest News

Brazil Celebrates Democracy and Lula’s Inauguration

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known as “Lula”, replaced Brazil’s far-right former president Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro notoriously supported the illegal farming of the Amazon Rainforest. His handling of covid also left Brazil’s indigenous population more vulnerable to the virus. Beyond harming his country’s land and people, he also threatened Brazil’s democracy. Bolsonaro has yet to concede the election– an election he has decidedly lost. Bolsonaro refused to attend Lula’s inauguration and now lives in Orlando, Florida, where he avoids criminal investigations.

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Movies

Angola, Do You Hear Us? Oscar Shortlisted Doc Takes on Mass Incarceration

One of the most important documentaries of 2022, Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices from a Plantation Prison has just been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. The documentary follows esteemed playwright, Liza Jessie Peterson, as she performs her play The Peculiar Patriot for the incarcerated population living in Angola prison. The documentary follows her performance as it gets shut down in the jail and uplifts the voices of those who live there.

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Latest News

Italy Cracks Down on Mediterranean Rescue Ships

On Thursday, Italy’s far-right government implemented a series of restrictions limiting the operation of migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean sea. Human rights defenders have condemned Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s crackdown warning that the new restrictions would add to a refugee death toll that’s already in the tens of thousands.

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Sports

Brazilian Soccer Legend Pelé Dies at 82

Brazilian football legend Pelé died Thursday at 82. For many, Pelé is known as the best soccer player of all time. His unique playing style revolutionized the soccer world and Brazil’s place within it.
The football player had famously said, “I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.”

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Politics

Are Peace Talks Between Russia and Ukraine Possible?

It has now officially been 11 months since Russia invaded Ukraine and began the Russian Ukrainian War. The war Vladamir Putin assumed would be a quick victory has lasted much longer than expected and caused ripple effects across the globe, from raising energy costs in Europe to exacerbating famines in the global south. This week, Russia unleashed another bombardment across cities in Ukraine. Reports show that Russia’s airstrikes have targeted hospitals as well as schools.

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Sports

Will LeBron James Break the NBA’s Career Points Record?

LeBron James has his eyes set on becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. LeBron James’s long successful basketball career has turned the power forward into a household name. Despite his success, there remains much dispute about whether James is the greatest basketball player of all time. While ESPN analysts have yet to come to a consensus about where his career ranks compared to the likes of Micheal Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they have decided it is only a matter of time before the player becomes an all-time leading scorer. The basketball player is only 602 points away from surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s current career record of 38,387.

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Sports

English World Cup Legend Dies at Age 83: George Cohen

Yesterday, England World Cup winner George Cohen died at 83 years old. The right back played every second of the game when England won the Cup at the Wembley Final in 1966. During his career, while he wasn’t playing on England’s national team and winning 37 caps for England, he played with Fulman.

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