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…

Distinguishing between Terrorists and Friends: The Buddhist-Rohingya Crisis

The antics of ISIS in the Middle East and Northern Africa have overshadowed equally critical issues that plague lesser-known regions worldwide. The mountainous state of Rakhine in Myanmar is the latest backdrop in a string of ethnic persecutions, defiling human rights decrees. Situated on the Western Coast, Rakhine has been a hotbed of tension for…

ICC: Is Africa ready for Exit?

In recent years, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has received a lot of criticism from African governments. Some have accused it of selectively harassing African leaders, while others are proposing the amendment of the Rome Statute, the principal instrument that constitutes the court. The tension between Africa and ICC intensified in 2015, when South Africa…

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…

The Failed State of the Central African Republic

Many wonder why most of the times very rich African and some South American countries are usually the dens of the most terrifying wars and coups. The Central African Republic was supposed to be the ‘El Dorado’ of Africa due to its rich mineral deposits which comprises of diamonds, gold, uranium, oil, and such other…

Germany and India: Bilateral relations in a nutshell

Bilateral relations between India and Germany are founded on common democratic principles and are marked by a high degree of trust and mutual respect. India was among the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War. Relations grew significantly following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of…

The Flaws of the Imperial Presidency

The Imperial Presidency is a term that we hear a lot about on the airwaves and in newspapers and magazines, however what does this phrase really mean? What are the flaws of the Imperial Presidency, and is it wise to give so much power to a single executive? We will seek to address the former…

Tiananmen Lies

On June 4, 1989, troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China opened fire on unarmed, pro-democracy student protesters in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. According to most Western news sources, “thousands were gunned down in cold blood, and many more were crushed by tanks”. Right? Well, no. The paragraph you have just read is an…

Britain: A country divided

“If the European Union and it’s divorce bill have taught us anything, it is that nothing is ever truly ‘free’.”

Fellow Liberals: Stop Defending the Mainstream Media

In these times, with the president’s ongoing crusade against the “liberal media”, I have seen many on the Left turn to defend media networks such as CNN and NBC from attacks. And it isn’t hard to see why; we feel as though his attacks are anti-democratic (and to some extent this is true), and these…