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”

The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Killed Individual Privacy For Good

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash By Peder Heiberg Sverdrup The pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic caused states to embrace digital tools of surveillance at an alarming speed this year. Although monitoring apps such as the NHS Covid-19 App provide a quick fix to a temporary problem, the rushed outsourcing of sensitive personal information to private companies normalisesContinue reading “The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Killed Individual Privacy For Good”

Storytelling and Beyond: Contextualization of the News

Written By Olivia Rose Phillips Few, if any, events in 2020 have garnered more media coverage than the death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd, a forty-six-year-old black man detained for allegedly passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill, was killed when a police officer held a knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and six secondsContinue reading “Storytelling and Beyond: Contextualization of the News”

Clicktivism or activism: can social media drive change?

Written by Eleanor Fraser “London Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest from Vauxhall to Westminster.” by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona / Unsplash Since George Floyd’s murder on the 25th of May, my social media feeds have been dominated by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in an unprecedented way. I cannot look at Instagram without seeing suggestionsContinue reading “Clicktivism or activism: can social media drive change?”

Opinion: “Hollow words and empty promises” from our university.

Written by Keith Minami To put it bluntly, the University of St Andrews’s response to the recent global reckoning regarding systemic racism has been pathetic. The fact that we have heard little from those who hold positions of power within the university is not only shocking, but shows a blatant disregard for the well-being ofContinue reading “Opinion: “Hollow words and empty promises” from our university.”

Ecocide: the fifth crime against peace?

Written by Eleanor Fraser When the Nazis systematically killed six million Jews (1941-45), and the Turks exterminated one and a half million Armenians (1914-23), no law existed to challenge such abuses of state power. After the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) the state can no longer treat its citizens as it wishes, becauseContinue reading “Ecocide: the fifth crime against peace?”

Forgotten in Concentration Camps

Early picture from the “re-education” camps in Xinjiang uploaded to WeChat. Retrieved from Flickr.com Since the beginning of mass quarantines in China as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s draconian policies addressing the spread of the virus have come under scrutiny. Since its discovery in China’s Hubei region, the virus has quickly spread acrossContinue reading “Forgotten in Concentration Camps”

Forgetting the Forever War

By MacKenZie Rumage Air Force Airman Holding Refugee Child in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul by Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr., April 8, 2007 via Flickr On Saturday, March 1, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace deal after a week-long semi-cease fire and months of negotiations. The peace deal comes after President Donald TrumpContinue reading “Forgetting the Forever War”

The Tanzania dilemma highlights the World Bank’s shaky position on human rights

Written by Elisabeth Mäkiö World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim visits Zanaki Primary School. Photo Sarah Farhat / World Bank via Flickr. March 20, 2017 The World Bank has recently been making headlines with regards to their stance on human rights. This is due to a proposed loan of US$500m from the World BankContinue reading “The Tanzania dilemma highlights the World Bank’s shaky position on human rights”

The Destruction of the Amazon: Systemic Causes

Fires are currently burning in the Amazon rainforest at the highest rate in over 10 years. Via ABCNews. The Amazon rainforest is disappearing at a record rate. Deforestation in the Amazon has been continually increasing, and is up by 30% from last year. As a result, this year marks the highest rate of deforestation inContinue reading “The Destruction of the Amazon: Systemic Causes”