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December 1, 2019

Fires are currently burning in the Amazon rainforest at the highest rate in over 10 years. Via ABCNews

The Amazon rainforest is disappearing at a record rate. Deforestation in the Amazon has been continually increasing, and is up by 30% from last year. As a result, this year marks the highest rate of deforestation in more than ten years. Rainforests helps soak up carbon dioxide and keep global temperatures from rising. Thus,...

November 24, 2019

Engraving of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Henry Bryan Hall

via Wikimedia

I have never had to ask for my human rights. They were assigned to me, along with my name and my gender, around the moment I took my first breath. But how exactly does one go about asking for their rights? How can one human be given the authority to determine how human someone else is? The task seems hopeless, as the very act of asking appears to negate your a...

November 17, 2019

#MeToo via Pexels

Chanel Miller was 22 years old when she was raped at a Stanford fraternity party. In her newly released memoir, she describes the various ways in which American institutions failed her, following her assault. Media outlets painted her as promiscuous; lawyers in court portrayed her as a liar. After being found guilty, her rapist was sentenced to six months in prison, of which he ended up serving ninety days. Th...

November 16, 2019

People’s Climate March 2017 in Washington D.C. (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Thanks to the work of environmental activists, people from all over the world now view climate crisis as the ‘most important issue’ of our time. This public recognition, however, is barely reflected in politics. The EU goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 - which, according to the IPCC, is too late anyway - had to be abandoned due to four member s...

November 8, 2019

Some are worried the UN human rights council is headed down the same track as the now defunct Human Rights Commission. Photo courtesy of UN Photo.

Venezuela was voted onto the United Nations Human Rights Council on 17 October 2019 by the 74th UN General Assembly. Venezuela and Brazil were both voted on to the council as members of the group of representatives from Latin American and Caribbean states. The vote was won by a narro...

October 23, 2019

        

                                                                 Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet on Flickr 

The fetishisation of black women's bodies is attributed to colonial times when black women were presented as hypersexualised, promiscuou...

October 21, 2019

 Protests against Nike after a factory collapse in Bangladesh. Image courtesy of Reuters via Business Insider.

Consumer boycotting is one of the most obvious, and perhaps easiest, forms of protest. My introduction to boycotting came early, via my mother, who refuses to buy Nestlé or Nike products and proudly proclaims to have never stepped foot in a Primark. Her grounds for boycotting originate in the Nestlé baby milk...

June 9, 2019

Inmigrar desde Honduras, El Salvador, o Guatemala a los Estados Unidos no es una decisión fácil o feliz; es una decisión dolorosa y difícil en la que se deja atrás familia, cultura, violencia, peligro, cariño, y miedo en busca del “sueño americano” que promete una vida mejor para la persona tal vez algún día, con suerte, para su familia también. La inmigración centroamericana a los Estados Unidos sube y baja proporcionalmente...

May 26, 2019

This is a translation of Calla Selicious's article A Profile of South Sudan.

Mit einem immer schnelleren und technologiegetriebenen Nachrichtenzyklus, belegen andauernde weltweite politische Krisen für immer weniger Zeit einen Raum im kollektiven Bewusstsein, mit Ausnahme des gelegentlichen heiß umstrittenen Themas. Themen, die besonders wenig Beachtung finden, neigen auch dazu, diejenigen mit wenig bis gar keiner Beziehung zu...

May 16, 2019

                                  Man looking for food on the streets of Caracas courtesy of EFE/Miguel Gutiérrez via Al Día News

The deterioration of democracy in Venezuela has recently peaked the international community’s interest for a new reason: the impediment of American free press in Venezuelan territory. On the 25th of February and then, again, o...

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