Review: Friends of MSF’s 'Access to the Danger Zone' Film Screening

On Monday the 28th of October, Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières (FoMSF) hosted a film screening for ‘Access to the Danger Zone’, a documentary about the trials and dangers which MSF workers, both medical and administrative go through on a daily basis to achieve their humanitarian goals. The film was very well produced and featuredContinue reading “Review: Friends of MSF’s 'Access to the Danger Zone' Film Screening”

A Different Take on Climate Change: Socio-economic Impacts

A lot of discussions on climate change that we receive in the media focus on its effect on the natural environment—the melting of glaziers, coral bleaching, more extreme weather patterns, just to name a few. Not enough attention is given to the extremely important point that climate change is more detrimental to the poor thanContinue reading “A Different Take on Climate Change: Socio-economic Impacts”

The Fragile Net

One of the centrepieces of the University of St Andrew’s 600th anniversary celebrations was the Graduation Ceremony. Hundreds attended the ceremony itself and many more streamed the ceremony live. The star of the show, in many ways, was Hillary Clinton, ex-Secretary of State and potentially the future President of the United States. She wasn’t theContinue reading “The Fragile Net”

Sterility for Sale

Cash-for-sterilisation. It’s an idea that took me a while to get my head around, despite the fact that it really is as simple as it sounds. Established in 1997 by Barbara Harris, Project Prevention tours States and cities across America (recently expanding overseas), touting one simple message: “Don’t let a pregnancy ruin your drug habit”.Continue reading “Sterility for Sale”

‘Getting to the Heart’ of the Organ Trafficking Industry

Organ donation is a much-needed act of kindness. The total number of organ transplants carried out in the period between April 2011 and March 2012 in the United Kingdom was 3,953 –an improvement upon the 3,725 transplants recorded in 2010/11. This represents an increase of 22.2% above the 2007/08 baseline. However, despite these improvements, overContinue reading “‘Getting to the Heart’ of the Organ Trafficking Industry”

The Silent Victims of Sex Trafficking

When people discuss human trafficking, the usual stereotypical imagery is evoked: an international young woman trafficked across borders, a group of children forced to harvest distant crops, an inner city brothel exposed as exploiting dozens of young girls and women. But rarely do we read of the male victims of human trafficking. Men typically occupyContinue reading “The Silent Victims of Sex Trafficking”