James Odonelly

Hello! My name is James O'Donnely and I am 40 years old. I work as a manager for my own company, which i started 18 years ago.
Usually, I live with my beautiful girlfriend Rosa Ding in London, England, but ever since i got my job, I have spent much time travelling, and for the past 15 years, I have stayed in New York City. . Every time I travel there, I live there in a period of 5 months, before I travel back.

When I first started my company, my headquarter was in the World Trade Center. September 11th 2001, the center was bombed by an islamic extremist group. Luckily, I was not hurt, but over 3000 other civilians were.

My country

My home country is the United States. It is located in North America, between Canada and Mexico, and with its 50 states, it is considered as one of the most powerful countries on the world. The United States is the 4th biggest country in the world by area, and is the 3rd most populous country in the world with over 320 million people. The capital of the USA is Washington DC, but the biggest city is New York.

I grew up with my family in Brooklyn, which is right outside New York City, so it is no wonder why I wanted to work here. I get to se my family once in a while while I am here.



USA is a big and wonderful country, and it has many perks. You have the right to go anywhere you want, say almost anything you want and do anything you want without anyone commenting it. This only matters if you are white though. If you are black, you don’t have likely as many perks. I wonder when people found out that black people weren’t as much worth as the white people was. The black people experience to get discriminated every day. Kids are raised to teach that the black people is less worth.

Today, people with another ethniticy than us still seems as a threat. Still, this doesn't mean that they should be. Last year, a 18-year old boy named Michael Brown was shot to death in Ferguson by a policeman, because of an altercation between the two of them. The policeman was not indicted. The unrest in Ferguson has triggered a fierce debate in the US about law enforcement compared to African-Americans. This really upsets me.

In the end, we are all the same people, only with other skin colours, and that is okay. Just because people is black, does not mean that they are less worth than you. The truth is that we are all the same, and we have the same values. I think that everyone should stand up for their rights, the right to not get discriminated, the right to be equal, and to be treated as a human being.

Protesters against injustice

Malala Yousafzai

Malala was born the 12th of July in 1997. She was born in Mingora in the Swat-district of Pakistan. Around the world, Malala is known for her fight for girl’s rights and their right to go to school. In October 2014, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the age of 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Peace Prize. In October 2012, a Taliban supporter shot Malala in the head on her way to school. Despite all odds, she survived, and she is now a symbol of peaceful protesting. In 2013, she published her biography “I AM MALALA” where she tells her story about an intelligent and courageous girl who refused to give in.


Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was born on the 18th of July in 1918, in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, South Africa. Nelson is known for his fight for black people’s rights of equality. He was an anti-apartheid politician. In 1962, he was arrested for fighting for freedom and equal rights for white and black people. He was sentenced to spend 27 years of his life in jail. He was released from prison in 1990, and he served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black president in South Africa. In 1993, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his good work for equal rights. His work did not only affect South Africa, but also the rest of the world.


Similarities and differences

Both Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai are people who speaks up for people who needs it, both black and white, and this includes themselves. They both have fought for equal rights and human rights in their home country and their work have affected the whole world. They have both met many obstacles on their journey, and it has not been easy for neither of them. Even though they have struggled on their way to reach their goals, it have helped them on accomplish their goals. They have both paid a hard price to speak up. Malala was shot in the head because she wanted women to have more rights. Nelson Mandela went to prison for 27 years, because he wanted equal rights between women and men In South Africa. They both won the Noble Peace Price for fighting for human rights. They are both strong persons who have continued on their journey, even though they have had a hard time.
Even though they have similarities, they have also many differences. The biggest difference here is that Nelson is a man and Malala is a girl. The actions also takes place in different times. Nelson was born in 1918 and Malala was born in 1997, so the age difference is also a big difference. Malala is one of the youngest freedom fighters today, and Nelson died in 2013. Another important difference is that Nelson Mandela worked for the black’s rights to equality, while Malala worked for girls right to an education.


These are both people who have fought for people’s rights, and they have both made big differences. They have both inspired many to stand up for themselves, and we can notice this in many ways. In many countries, women and men have gotten more rights that are equal. Even though they have fought in different ways and have met different obstacles, they have both succeeded and reached their goals.

Controversial issue

Should homosexuals be allowed to adopt?

Should homosexuals be allowed to adopt children?
For a long time, the debate about if homosexuals should be able to adopt children have been going on. There are many people who think it is wrong, and that they should not be allowed to adopt children. At the same time, there are probably just as many people who thinks this is totally okay. I am one of the people who thinks this is absolutely okay.

Everyone is equal. By this, I mean that the homosexual couple should have the exact same rights as the heterosexual couple. There are many people who have grown up, without having a mother or a father. Therefore, it would actually be better to have either two mother or two fathers, than to not having any parents. There is no rule that say that they should not have kids. Fine, it may be unchristian in some way, but it does not mean it is wrong either. Love is love.

As every other human being, homosexuals have the right to have a family. Research shows that homosexuals can make a happy and loving home for a child, just as the heterosexuals. The child does not need any mother- or fathers figure, because it can be found in for example an uncle or an aunt. It is not written in the law that they can not adopt, or at least, it shouldn’t be. If they love each other, and want to start a family together, they should be allowed to do that.
There is no research that shows that kids who are raised in homosexual homes are more likely to become homosexual. Actually, research can prove the quite opposite. Multiple studies show that kids can be raised by a homosexual couple, without being affected in any way. And if the case is that the kids is going to get bullied for having gay parents, that does not have to happen. They can just be the better person and turn their backs to the bullies, no matter how hard it will be.

I think they should be allowed to adopt, because they are equal people who have equal rights, just like every other human in this world. They should not have to be punished for not loving the same sex as themselves.

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