Happy anniversary and thanks for visiting! This is the thirteenth issue of Five Minutes to Midnight, or the first one of our official second year in publication. There's a lot that will be happening with the website and organization in the next few months, as we are growing and expanding our projects. If you're interested in supporting us, make sure to come back in August, when we will unveil our first self-published book! Until then, make sure to send us comments and suggestions - we love to hear from you. Send them to feedback@fiveminutestomidnight.org.

                 Thanks for reading,
                                   Wojciech Gryc

  
An In-Depth Look at Slavery and Liberia's Past
       (by Monique Woolnough)

In this submission from War Child Canada's Youth Advisory Board (YAB) one of the members looks at the situation in Liberia, and how its slavery-oriented past has affected its development. The article begins before Liberia was even a country, and follows its development until Taylor's government. Read more...
 
Forced Evictions in China (by Rory Chin, 
        Anthony Law, Michael Moon, and Ronald Ting)

Beijing is set to host the 2008 Olympics, and is doing much work to prepare for the prestigious event. During the preparations, however, many people have been evicted illegally and have had their human rights violated. Read more...
 
Drug Abuse Around the World (by Michael Chong)
Cocaine, marijuana, and tobacco are just some of the many substances being abused around the world, and their abuse has devastating effects. Michael Chong explores why people abuse some of the more common drugs, and sheds light on some of the trends affecting the world with drug users and abusers. Read more...
 
Get Involved: Debate on Peer to Peer Music Sharing
       (by Mark Cavdar)

Peer to peer file sharing has been in the limelight for a few years. In recent times, the RIAA has actually gone as far as suing people over downloading music. Learn about the issue, and how you should get involved! Read more...
 
Comment: Convergence (by Wojciech Gryc)
Artificial intelligence, game theory, computer programming, and other scientific concepts are usually treated separately from social sciences. There are, however, many applications when science and technology mingle with the social sciences. Learn about a some of these applications, and where the future is taking them. Read more...