United Nations: High level is important, but so is Ground level

The high-level scene, a strategic answer for the global sustainability? With less than 5000 days left to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place in New York from July 10 to July 19, “convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.” The theme…

The Trump Presidency in Numbers

It has been six months into Trump’s presidency and the American people are starting to feel “great again”. A Bloomberg poll concluded that despite only 40 percent of Americans approve of the job they’re doing, they are feeling better about themselves, their financial and economic prospects. If Trump’s reading this, it should be a good…

What Happened to “Never Again”? The Withdrawal of Peacekeepers in Darfur

             Amidst the war-torn and ravaged Darfur, a region that has not seen peace or stability in over a decade, United Nations peacekeepers protect civilians from the violence that surrounds them.  Members of UNAMID, or the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, symbolize security and humanitarian aid, while also facilitating discussion regarding new agreements and…

The Sharif Factor: Pakistan’s future

Following the 2016 Panama Papers leak, it was revealed that the Prime Minister of Pakistan and his family held offshore bank accounts in order to avoid taxation. Although Nawaz Sharif consistently denied any wrongdoing, five judges in the Pakistani Supreme Court unanimously agreed on a guilty verdict, on July 28th, 2017. Overall, the Supreme Court…

Language loss: a cultural, social, and environmental tragedy

Aqilokoq: Snow that falls softly and gently, in Inuit. Cacahkinosew: In Cree, a grey and speckled trout. Etthen: The way a herd of caribou lights up the land, like stars in the sky, in Chipewyan. Each of these words originates from a language spoken for centuries by Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Together, they paint a picture…

How Austerity Failed Europe

Since 2008, conservative policymakers have prescribed austerity as a panacea to the beleaguered economies of Europe. Wolfgang Schäuble, German Minister of Finance, has largely been the face of the greater Eurozone push for austerity, writing up an op-ed in the Financial Times justifying its merits. Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron described it as ensuring “sound finances” in…

US 2020: A Census in Crisis

The United States is scheduled to undergo its 23rd National Population Census in the year 2020. Since 1790, this decennial event has been practiced by the Government of the United States in order to enumerate citizens and  to reapportion congressional districts, the two goals laid out by the US Constitution. In the centuries after its…

The Venezuela Vote: What Happens Next?

Venezuelans are about to make a pivotal decision: fully embrace the authoritarian doctrine of President Nicolas Maduro and his current communist regime? Or fight for a chance at change and political freedom? On July 30th, citizens will cast their vote regarding a redrafting of their national constitution. President Nicolas Maduro has ordered a 545-member constituent assembly by…

The Deadlock at Doklam

As the Indo-China border impasse at Doklam continues without a tangible end in sight, there are several important takeaways to note here. To start with, China has adopted an overtly aggressive position on the issue, it being the aggrieved party. The ‘conditionalities’ from Beijing include “immediate unilateral withdrawal of India’s troops to the Indian side…

The Education Status of Refugee Children in the EU: A Current Assessment

The United Nations framework classifies inclusive and equitable education as one major Sustainable Development Goal due to its importance in ensuring peace, mutual respect and integration. Additionally, access to free primary education for all children is a human rights obligation stemming from the European Convention on Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the…