Alexander de Avila
Alexander de Avila

Alexander is a Political columnist at PolicyMic. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College's school of Government, focusing his studies on international politics and the impact of emerging technologies on government and war. He has experience working at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and as a research assistant at TSKB in Istanbul exploring alternative energy sources.

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Nov. 14, 2013

India's Head Of Police Says Women Should "Enjoy" Rape If They Can't Stop It

When people like this are in charge, is it any surprise that India's rape epidemic is one of the worst in the world?

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Nov. 14, 2013

The Top 4 Words Of 2013

Why are we English speakers obsessed with failure? The Global Language Monitor released its annual list of the top words in the English language.
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Nov. 13, 2013

Jenna Jameson's Porn Comeback is to Support Her Kids

The former adult megastar actress is planning to return to making porn, this time to take care of her twin boys.
Nov. 13, 2013

See the Offensive Way Apple's Dictionary Defines 'Gay,' and Meet the Teen Intent On Changing It

We must all work to overturn the word's informal negative use in our English vernacular.
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Nov. 13, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan's Aftermath in 12 Heart-wrenching Photos

The typhoon has killed an estimated 10,000 people.
Nov. 13, 2013

Pew Poll Reveals 40% of Millennials Research Their Dates on Facebook

41% of users aged 18-29 with recent dating experience have used the Internet to get more background info on a potential love interest.

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Nov. 11, 2013

Sochi Olympics 2014: Journalists Banned from Social Media

It is the latest move in a controversial run up to the Winter Olympic Games.
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Nov. 6, 2013

The Map to Show Anyone Still Denying Climate Change

If all the ice at the poles melted due to rising global temperatures, most of humanity would be under water, according to this National Geographic map.
Nov. 6, 2013

Newt Gingrich Wants to Go to Space, and Here's His Plan to Get There

Newt Gingrich is still stuck on space.
Nov. 6, 2013

Million Mask March: Hundreds of Protesters Storm Buckingham Palace

At least 15 protesters were arrested in London as protests in the name of Guy Fawkes occurred in hundreds of cities.
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Nov. 4, 2013

German Police Raid Recovers $1 Billion in Stolen Nazi Art

The find coincides perfectly with hype surrounding "The Monuments Men," a movie about stolen art in Germany during WWII.

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Nov. 4, 2013

America's Job Crisis, Explained in One Simple Chart

This graph shows there are way more job seekers than available jobs right now in the U.S.
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Nov. 1, 2013

U.S. Marine Ryan Langenegger Viciously Attacked After Defending His Gay Friends

A vicious assault on a United States Marine for defending two friends dressed in drag is the latest example of anti-gay bigotry.
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Nov. 1, 2013

Africa is So Much Bigger Than You Know

We should all pay attention to the "True Size of Africa" map.
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Nov. 1, 2013

Inside the Secret Underground Tunnels Used to Smuggle Drugs Into the U.S.

On Thursday, officials discovered a 600-yard tunnel used to ferry cocaine and marijuana between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, Calif. The complexity of the system will shock you.
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Oct. 30, 2013

This Embarrassing Quote Sums Up the Obamacare Hearing

There were some heated exchanges Wednesday in Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius' hearing on Capitol Hill.

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Oct. 30, 2013

Why You Should Think Again Before Wearing Google Glass Behind the Wheel

This California driver got a ticket for wearing her test device from Google.
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Oct. 30, 2013

The Graph That Shows How Badly U.S. Education is Failing

California could provide a model for the rest of the country.
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Oct. 28, 2013

American Children Are Paying the Price For Gun Violence

These numbers are alarming, no matter where you stand in the gun debate.
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Oct. 28, 2013

Somalia Drone Strike: At Least Two Alleged Al-Shabab Members Killed

A drone targeted two men in a car, likely members of al Shabab, the terrorist group behind Kenya's Westgate Mall shooting last month.