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June 19, 2019

                                           Protestors clash with police, via Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times 

22 years ago, Hong Kong was handed back to China. The Chinese promise was that they would allow us to have our own autonomy until 2047, upholding the ‘One Country, Two systems’ until then. The recent proposal of a...

May 23, 2019

                                                   Slums in Pond-Sonde, Haiti. Source: NBC News

We are living in a world so corrupt that the Global North can exert power, exploit and dominate the Global South. They are able to do this through the means of policies that claim they will ‘develop’ countries,...

May 22, 2019

A tweet by California's Governor Newsom. 

Over the past five years, there has been a growing case against the use of lethal injections under the death penalty. In 2014, Clayton Lockett’s case garnered international attention for his execution that lasted 1 hour and 44 minutes from the time he was strapped onto the gurney to be killed. Using a drug cocktail never before used in American executions and banned by veterinarians due...

January 20, 2019

As human beings, we place high social value on what qualifies us to be good people, some of the most prominent criteria being generosity and kindness. In especially privileged regions of the world, people are eager to engage with charities as a way to achieve these characteristics, but do the organisations we support really fulfil these goals? With the rise of social media and digital marketing, charities have gained a more ac...

December 13, 2018

Source: Wikimedia Commons  

'In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.'

-  Anatole France, Le Lys Rouge

Human beings are embodied creatures, and as such every aspect of our lives is tied in some way to physical space. Even the most cerebral of our activities, such as thinking, require a physical location where they can take place. Given thi...

December 6, 2018

Crystal Mason. Source: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In 2011, Crystal Mason, an Afro-American woman from Fort Worth, Texas, was charged and plead guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to three years in federal prison. On 8 November 2016, while still on probation, Mason went to her local polling station to vote in the Clinton vs Trump presidential election. On her arrival, and to her surprise, Mason was informed that she...

November 22, 2018

Reasons to keep marching on after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Doctor Mukwege, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Source: The Right Livelihood Award

On 6 October 2018, the United States Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant position left on the United States Supreme Court by the retirement of former Justice Anthony Kennedy. This event proved to be heartbreaking for women across Amer...

September 27, 2018

Over fifty years ago, the philosopher Hannah Arendt witnessed the end of the trial of the notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the key figures behind the Final Solution. Hannah Arendt had been chosen by the New Yorker to cover the Eichmann Trial in 1961, which then evolved later into the book ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil’ (1963).  In her book, for the first time, she fully debated and ponde...

August 19, 2018

The past few weeks have highlighted an important issue: the United States’ enforcement of border security, in particular its separation of children from their parents. The United States has a responsibility to pursue its citizens’ interests, but traumatizing children, whether they are Americans or not, is not a legitimate means to do so. Putting American interests first does not require putting human rights second.

Children in...

November 2, 2017

Who are the Rohingya and what is happening to them?

In looking to the crisis in Myanmar and the plight of the Rohingya people, the extent of the devastation is clear. Since August, 537,000 have fled from the Rohingya’s place of origin, Rakhine state, to Bangladesh in an attempt to escape the systematic persecution they are facing at the hands of Myanmar’s military. The current violence was precipitated by an incident on the 9th...

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