Madeline Distasio

Writer and Editor

Madeline Distasio is a lifestyle and politics writer hailing from Philadelphia. When she's not talking people's ears off about issues of social justice, she's writing about them. Beyond that, she can normally be found exclusively wearing black and choosing her dachshund over people.

Check her out on Elite Daily, in BORGEN Magazine, and doing her Senior Editor thing over at ViralNova.

Oh, and one more thing. She has stronger feelings about the Oxford comma than she probably should.

Portfolio

Politics

Le Pen's Citizenship Announcement to Affect French Jewry
PARIS - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen recently stated that if she wins the election, she will ban French dual citizenship with non-European Union nations, barring...
GEM Launch Calls for Collaboration to Improve Education in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana - In November, Ghana's Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, formally launched the 2016 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report;...
Bill To Reinstate Iran Sanctions Could Stunt Development
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - A new piece of legislation aimed at reinstating the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 was introduced to the House of Representatives Representative Edward...
New World Bank Funding Structure Has Implications for U.S. Influence
One proposal in a recent Center for Global Development (CGD) report focuses on restructuring multilateral institutions to better suit developmental needs. A new World Bank...
CGD Transitional Memos Point White House To Foreign Aid Issues
SEATTLE - In light of the recent election, scholars from the Center for Global Development (CGD) have drafted transitional memos for incoming president-elect Donald Trump. The...
University Uses Higher Education to Address Hunger and Extremism in Nigeria
YOLA, Nigeria-Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President of Nigeria and founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), deliberately built his school in Yola, one of the...
Why Localization Could Be the Key to Overcoming Xenophobia
SEATTLE - In September, the U.N. held a summit to address the growing migrant crisis. Over the course of the meeting, world leaders from the Member States discussed core issues...
Why Equal Education and Women's Rights Are One in the Same
Although we often think of equal education as being symptomatic of access to basic human rights, evidence suggests that access to education actually fosters equality. If...
New Foreign Aid Bill Puts Stronger Emphasis On Accountability
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Building on the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has presented a new foreign aid bill on the Senate floor. The bill,...
Sub-Saharan Africa Will Hold 90 Percent of Children Living in Poverty
SEATTLE - The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) predicts that sub-Saharan Africa will be home to 90 percent of all children living in poverty and 43 percent of all...
National Libraries Adopt Sustainable Development Goals
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Representatives from national libraries around the world convened at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library...
Why Those Leaked DNC Emails Don't Mean You Should Vote For Donald Trump
"The DNC is corrupt and needs to be punished. I don't care if that means Donald Trump has to be president," one "Bernie or Bust" protester said to a reporter from MSNBC while...
Newest OPIC Spending Report Shows Support for Poorer Nations
SEATTLE - In recent years, distribution of funds from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has fallen under scrutiny for sending money to wealthier nations while...
Researchers are Using Soybeans to Tackle Malnutrition in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana - As part of an ongoing initiative between USAID, Malnutrition Matters and the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), soy milk provisions distributed to...
Trump Swears Clinton Talked More Than He Did, But Here's What Was Really Going On
Perceptions don't always align with reality.

Arts & Culture

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos
We ideate scenes of oppression and social injustice. Our minds fill with imagined horrors built with the brick and mortar of news footage and legacy media. And that makes sense,...
Album Review: Gaga Gets To The Heart Of It With 'Joanne'
In its own way, Lady Gaga's latest album, Joanne, is a portrait of what should be at a time when it's so hard to stomach what is. You could use any number...
With One Line, This Artist Creates Incredible Work That Sticks With People Forever
The second he started etching lines into people's skin and stopped drawing lines in the sand, Mo Ganji unleashed his most authentic self.
If You Drink Your Coffee Black, We Have Some Bad News For You
After cross-referencing taste preferences and personality evaluations, researchers concluded that those who enjoy bitter foods would be okay with staring straight into the mouth...
America, Meet Joanne: Gaga's Latest Album and the Importance of Exchange
You could use any number of words to describe the 2016 election cycle - dizzying, frantic, desperate, traumatic, loud, relentless. One that typically doesn't come up is...
Janus Faced: The Postmodern Identity of Made in Italy
If we boil the 'Made in Italy' brand down to simple verbiage, the whole thing is a non-issue. If something is not literally made in Italy, why is it 'Made in Italy'? Upon closer...
By Adding Color To Famous Photographs, This Artist Forces Us To Confront The Past
There are certain images that become inseparable from the human psyche over time -- photographs that capture human history in a series of familiar snapshots. But in those...
Change According to Caryn: Franklin, Fashion, and Moving Forward
Sometimes fashion lovers and fashion critics can coexist, even in the same body. Fashion activist Caryn Franklin opens up about her career, her passion, and the joy of dressing...
This Artist's Passion Project Evolved Into A Masterful Series Of Tiny Paintings
As creators continue to harness their abilities, the inclination to go bigger is part of what's become a natural progression — and that makes sense in a world that equates...
This Artist's Incredible Collection Reveals The Truth About A World-Famous Museum
They were met with rooms full of missed connections. Viewers stood nose-to-nose with incredible art and shoulder-to-shoulder alongside each other, but if you look closely at...
17 Beauty Vloggers Who Teach You To Embrace All Different Kinds Of Beauty
In an industry that's not exactly known for inclusion, the rise of the beauty vlogger is a welcome change. On the commercial end, cosmetic companies have a tendency to disregard...
Missing the Mark: What Lady Gaga's Most Recent Speech Implies About Identity and Social Justice
Although Lady Gaga was aiming for a compassionate take on inclusion, she landed somewhere in the murky waters of erasure.

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