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”

Will the Biden Administration Improve Human Rights?

President-elect Biden speaking at an event in Nevada in February. (Source: Gage Skidmore on Wikimedia Commons) By Hadley Baker Four days after the U.S. Election Day, we finally got a definitive result: Biden won Pennsylvania and secured enough electoral votes to win the presidency. After four years of Donald Trump systematically stripping away the basicContinue reading “Will the Biden Administration Improve Human Rights?”

What will a Biden presidency mean for America’s Middle East policy?

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash By MacKenZie Rumage After four years of President Donald Trump’s unpredictability, cosying up to autocrats, and breaking from global agreements — like the Paris Climate Agreement — many world leaders welcomed Biden’s win, sensing he would be a more trustworthy partner. Leaders from German chancellor Angela Merkel to Turkish president Recep TayyipContinue reading “What will a Biden presidency mean for America’s Middle East policy?”

Far-Right Nationalism and the Persecution of Minorities

Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash By Teia Swan Over the past several years, the world has witnessed what can best be described as a global shift towards far-right nationalism, characterized by the otherization of minority groups such as immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ people. These ideologies have become prominent in nations such as the United States and Brazil,Continue reading “Far-Right Nationalism and the Persecution of Minorities”

The US Supreme Court and a Third Trump Nominee, Explained

By Louise Palmer On 12th October 2020, mere weeks away from the US Presidential Election, the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s third US Supreme Court nominee began. It is undoubtedly poor political form to make a nomination so close to an election. However, due to the fact that we are in the fourth yearContinue reading “The US Supreme Court and a Third Trump Nominee, Explained”

The United States wildfires are our climate change reality check

Written by MacKenZie Rumage Looking at photos of the sky in San Francisco, I almost thought the photographers were using filters on their photos. There was no way that the sky looked that orange and hazy. How could there be no sun, or even a cloud? But these apocalyptic-looking photos show the reality in westernContinue reading “The United States wildfires are our climate change reality check”

Human Rights in the Crosshairs: Georgia’s Immigrant Detention Centers Must Free Them All

Written by Mallika Balakrishnan “Irwin County Line” by J. Stephen Conn / Flickr One woman looks into the camera, hands crossed on her chest. “I was the first one to get sick,” she says. “I went to the medic…they simply laughed at me.” “We don’t have any protection,” says another. “The officers come in andContinue reading “Human Rights in the Crosshairs: Georgia’s Immigrant Detention Centers Must Free Them All”

Opinion: The Case for Reassessing Voter ID Laws

Article by Teia Swan Photo by Kelley Minars on The U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to establish federal protections against voter suppression by outlawing mechanisms such as literacy tests and mandating federal oversight on the electoral proceedings in states with tendencies to practice voting discrimination. While the legislation was generally effective inContinue reading “Opinion: The Case for Reassessing Voter ID Laws”

The 2020 Opinion Series: Bloomberg vs Bernie on Racism

Bernie Sanders and Micheal Bloomberg at the Nevada debates on Feb. 19th. Photo via CNBC Within the last decade, racist rhetoric has spiralled out of control, both within and out of the political sphere. As we head into the 2020 Presidential Election, where a candidate with a history of evidenced racism is representing the RepublicanContinue reading “The 2020 Opinion Series: Bloomberg vs Bernie on Racism”

Migrant Protection Protocol: Less Protected than Ever

Migrants and refugees held in an overcrowding centre at a border control checkpoint in Texas in June 2019. Source: It has been approximately one year since the Trump administration issued the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), otherwise known as the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy. According to the Department of Human Services, the MPP is onContinue reading “Migrant Protection Protocol: Less Protected than Ever”