The United States’ Failure to Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most widely accepted human rights treaty in the world. It describes the civil, political, economic, social, health, and cultural rights of children – including freedom of thought and religion, freedom from violence and abuse, the right to privacy, and the unhindered rightContinue reading “The United States’ Failure to Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child”

Summer Series: Writing Wrongs – The language of aid, development and neo-colonialism

She was a “white Muzungu with long angel hair” who fell in love with a German pilot, singlehandedly started a school for HIV-positive children, and managed to survive a vicious attack on her host village from genocidaires connected to the Hutu-Tutsi conflicts of the 1990s. At least, that’s the story Louise Linton tells in herContinue reading “Summer Series: Writing Wrongs – The language of aid, development and neo-colonialism”

Summer Series: Living in a Globalized World

Global Language Project is a non-profit organization that specializes in giving students the opportunities to learn languages from a young age. Angela Jackson, the founder and CEO of Global Language Project, described during her TED talk how important it is to open a child up to other cultures, while simultaneously allowing a child to furtherContinue reading “Summer Series: Living in a Globalized World”

Does Religious Freedom Limit the Freedom and Rights of Others?

In many historically Christian countries in the West, religious freedom or religious liberty can be very different depending on what religion one follows. In recent years there have been many high profile cases involving religious freedom and restriction of this freedom in Western countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. In someContinue reading “Does Religious Freedom Limit the Freedom and Rights of Others?”

Peace Parks: Nonviolence and Conservation

Recently there have been multiple studies on the correlation between climate change and conflict, notably with the Syrian civil war. A study published in PNAS quantitatively connected climate change in the Fertile Crescent, most specifically the jarring drought, with human conflict. Articles have begun to warn about the dangers of shifting blame for human violenceContinue reading “Peace Parks: Nonviolence and Conservation”

Migration and the Possibility of a Borderless World

In our 21st century world, true political defiance can occur through simple acts. The Financial Times recently published an article which presented migration as the most resourceful way to achieve radical change. Revolution in a globalised world needs neither ideology nor grand radical gestures. If you want transformation, there is no need to overthrow theContinue reading “Migration and the Possibility of a Borderless World”

Spot the Difference: Transnational Corporations and Transnational Organised Crime

In their Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime, The US National Security Council defines said criminal organisations as: [T]hose self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate transnationally for the purpose of obtaining power, influence, monetary and/or commercial gains, wholly or in part by illegal means, while protecting their activities through a pattern of corruption and/ orContinue reading “Spot the Difference: Transnational Corporations and Transnational Organised Crime”

Legal Smokescreens: Corruption and Exploitation by Anonymous Companies

What could a wealthy oligarch sprawled in a luxury New York City apartment possibly have in common with member of ISIS battling with state-of-the-art weapons? Both share a common connection enabling their crime. The link between a terrorist and a corrupt business magnate is the same as the link between a dictator and the leaderContinue reading “Legal Smokescreens: Corruption and Exploitation by Anonymous Companies”

Overcoming the Threat of Autonomous Weapons and Combat Robots

Autonomous weapons, broadly defined as weapons and robots able to select targets and engage in combat without human input, are being developed by the world’s foremost military powers including the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Korea, China, and Russia. Experts have predicted that “technology allowing a pre-programmed robot to shoot to kill, orContinue reading “Overcoming the Threat of Autonomous Weapons and Combat Robots”