Adieu to Afghanistan: US veterans react to Biden’s decision to withdraw troops

Image by Pixabay via Pexels Written by MacKenZie Rumage On 13 April, President Biden announced that he would pull the remaining 2,500 American troops out of Afghanistan by a date none other than the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, carried out by al-Qaeda and spearheaded by the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden. Originally, heContinue reading “Adieu to Afghanistan: US veterans react to Biden’s decision to withdraw troops”

Tigray: A Violation of International Humanitarian Law?

Photo by Kelly Lacy from Pexels By Sarah Rennie An update: This article says that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea denied allegations of Eritrean forces’ involvement in the conflict in Tigray (a region in northern Ethiopia). However, Ahmed acknowledged in March 2021 that Eritrean forces were involved. And on 16 April 2021, EritreaContinue reading “Tigray: A Violation of International Humanitarian Law?”

“Buen Vivir”: Rethinking Development and Prosperity

Photo by ia huh on Unsplash Written by Depali Rai How one school of thought is reconceptualising development beyond the western-centric confines of neo-liberal capitalism and individualism. International development has been a key tenet of global politics and foreign relations since the earlier half of the 20th century. Following the Second World War, the American-backed Marshall Plan pumpedContinue reading ““Buen Vivir”: Rethinking Development and Prosperity”

Child brides: the global victims of gender-based violence

Photo credit: ‘Girls Not Brides Global Member Meeting’ by Hassan Ouazzani via Flickr By Louisa Campbell The reality of child marriage pervades young girls’ lives across the globe. Child brides are more likely to be victims of domestic, sexual and physical violence as well as less likely to finish their education. This harsh reality isContinue reading “Child brides: the global victims of gender-based violence”

Myanmar: The Fervour, The Courage, and The Seriousness

Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash By Jack McGrath On the 1st of February 2021, the Tatmadaw – Myanmar’s military – seized control of their government. They were led by Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmese armed forces: the man, almost undoubtedly, most responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingya people.  OfContinue reading “Myanmar: The Fervour, The Courage, and The Seriousness”

Myanmar: Pro-democracy demonstrators’ winning the social media battle to keep hopes alive

Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images By Louise Palmer The rise of social media as a platform for organised resistance has changed the context in which all authority operates. Apps such as Facebook and Tik Tok have the potential to mobilize greater numbers of people in less time than ever before. One of the bestContinue reading “Myanmar: Pro-democracy demonstrators’ winning the social media battle to keep hopes alive”

The Tenuous Relationship between Laïcité and Islam in France

Image By Ji-Elle – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,  Written by Ella Watharow France is home to over 5 million Muslims, which is the largest Islamic minority in Europe. It also has a uniquely strict policy of secularism, referred to as “laïcité”. Drenched in centuries of conflict, the policy has highlighted the friction between publicContinue reading “The Tenuous Relationship between Laïcité and Islam in France”

Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta: Shell’s Present-Day Negligence Rooted in Colonial Past

Image by George Osodi/Getty Images By Jessica Harris In 2010 the Gulf of Mexico was devasted by the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion. In the largest spill in US history, the broken well pumped 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. After a six-year legal battle, BP paid $20.8 billion in damages — the largestContinue reading “Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta: Shell’s Present-Day Negligence Rooted in Colonial Past”

‘Welcome To Chechnya’ is as harrowing as it needs to be

By Peder Heiberg Sverdrup David France’s documentary about the murder and persecution of LGBTQ+ people in the Russian republic of Chechenya is a tense and harrowing story about hatred in modern day Russia. The brilliant film follows a group of young Russian activists working to “extract” LGBTQ+ people from the republic and bring them toContinue reading “‘Welcome To Chechnya’ is as harrowing as it needs to be”