Trump’s Strategy of Political Maneuvering While His Country is Distracted

Donald Trump is currently the most disliked president compared to any other in modern American history, currently sitting at an approval rating of 37% according to Gallup. According to the same polling data, 58% of Americans disapprove of the president today, and he hasn’t even completed his ninth month in office. Compared to every single…

Saudi Arabia, the US, and Violations of International Law

A picture is really worth a thousand words. When the picture of little Omran Daqneesh, the boy covered in dust and rubble sitting in the back of an ambulance after being rescued from his house in Aleppo, Syria, after it was hit by an airstrike, went viral, the world was suddenly made aware of the…

Will the East African Community Achieve a Political Federation?

Articles 123-125 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (EAC) provides for cooperation in political affairs as a pre-requisite to the formation of a political federation, which is the fourth and final step to achieving complete regional integration amongst the EAC member states– namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and…

Disaster in Mexico DF: an update and how to help

On September 19 at around 2 o’clock, Mexico City and its surrounding areas were hit with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The epicentre of this earthquake was found in the neighbouring state of Puebla. While the magnitude of this earthquake may not be of much concern other countries that are already well-prepared to such disasters, such…

Domestic work in Latin America and the Caribbean

This article is a short summary of a chapter I wrote for my MA thesis. With it, I attempt to shed light on the importance of paid domestic work, an occupation that is largely forgotten. Since pre-industrial Latin America, domestic work has been an important source of employment for women due to traditional gender roles…

Environment, Economy & Ethnic Cleansing: Brazil’s Tribe Murders

A previously uncontacted Amazonian tribe attacked, 10 killed in the search for gold in August, killers taken into custody. Illegal gold miners from São Paulo, Brazil have been detained on suspicion of killing an estimated eight to ten members of a previously uncontacted Indigenous tribe living in the Javari Valley near the Peruvian border after…

When International Election Observer Missions Fail

On 1st September 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya set precedent by becoming the first African Court to nullify a Presidential Election on the grounds of illegality of the process, which was found to be marred by massive irregularities. The judgment contradicted the reports by several election observer missions, including the European Union (EU) Observer…

Counting the Cost of Nature’s Overturn: Are we forcing Nature’s Hand?

The wake of hurricane Irma along the Caribbean and Southeastern United States has raised concerns over whether nature at its best is starting to show its negative side. The Atlantic has reported on Irma’s case in Florida as one ‘that will go down as one the most infamous in Atlantic Hurricane history,’ one that has…

Gerrymandering: How to Rig a Democratic Election

Many politicians in Western countries seem to understand the importance of fair elections. They boast about their own democratic system, and how it indicates their superiority over countries such as Russia and China, which are generally perceived to have fewer and more poorly executed elections. But are Western elections really “democratic”? Gerrymandering is the act of…

A Tipping Point Crossed: Dawn of the Freak Storms

The annual Atlantic Hurricane Season generally fails to pique the interest of the international community, save for the North and Central American nations which are forced to deal with massive evacuations, grueling emergency patrols and pricey relief funds every year. However, the recent barrage by a seemingly endless succession of frenzied hurricanes have been arousing…

Effective Cyclical Sanitation for Girls Need Loud Voices, Not Silenced Periods

Sanitation and development are intersectional topics that are widely recognized and discussed– except for a particular topic which halts girls and women’s daily routine. Every month, a girl somewhere around the world will miss school, be psychologically distressed, socially excluded all because of a natural body function: the menstruation cycle.   According to UNICEF, one…