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 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”

How to Ask for Your Human Rights: Lessons from Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Engraving of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Henry Bryan Hall via Wikimedia I have never had to ask for my human rights. They were assigned to me, along with my name and my gender, around the moment I took my first breath. But how exactly does one go about asking for their rights? How can oneContinue reading “How to Ask for Your Human Rights: Lessons from Elizabeth Cady Stanton”

The Decriminalisation of Rape: How American Institutions are Failing Victims of Assault

#MeToo via Pexels Chanel Miller was 22 years old when she was raped at a Stanford fraternity party. In her newly released memoir, she describes the various ways in which American institutions failed her, following her assault. Media outlets painted her as promiscuous; lawyers in court portrayed her as a liar. After being found guilty,Continue reading “The Decriminalisation of Rape: How American Institutions are Failing Victims of Assault”

Climate Change Denial is a Corporate Project

People’s Climate March 2017 in Washington D.C. (source: Wikimedia Commons) Thanks to the work of environmental activists, people from all over the world now view climate crisis as the ‘most important issue’ of our time. This public recognition, however, is barely reflected in politics. The EU goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 – which,Continue reading “Climate Change Denial is a Corporate Project”