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.”

Opinion: The Case for Reassessing Voter ID Laws

Article by Teia Swan Photo by Kelley Minars on Flickr.com 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”

Opinion: Tear Down the Walls of Beauty

Drawing by Satori RT via Amino Existing in a space free of judgement is a fundamental right. However, for individuals that fit outside of the traditional mainstream beauty standards, manoeuvring through day to day life can prove to be difficult. In the United States, which idealizes and prioritizes thin, white, able bodies who show littleContinue reading “Opinion: Tear Down the Walls of Beauty”

Opinion: A Street Fight With Authoritarianism

Protestors clash with police, via Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times 22 years ago, Hong Kong was handed back to China. The Chinese promise was that they would allow us to have our own autonomy until 2047, upholding the ‘One Country, Two systems’ until then. The recent proposal of an extradition bill backedContinue reading “Opinion: A Street Fight With Authoritarianism”

The Haitian Rice Industry: Has Haiti Really Been Decolonized?

Slums in Pond-Sonde, Haiti. Source: NBC News We are living in a world so corrupt that the Global North can exert power, exploit and dominate the Global South. They are able to do this through the means of policies that claim they will ‘develop’ countries, so no one questions what they are doing. In reality,Continue reading “The Haitian Rice Industry: Has Haiti Really Been Decolonized?”

Illegal, Dangerous, and Discriminatory

A tweet by California’s Governor Newsom. Over the past five years, there has been a growing case against the use of lethal injections under the death penalty. In 2014, Clayton Lockett’s case garnered international attention for his execution that lasted 1 hour and 44 minutes from the time he was strapped onto the gurney toContinue reading “Illegal, Dangerous, and Discriminatory”

Can we still trust charities?

As human beings, we place high social value on what qualifies us to be good people, some of the most prominent criteria being generosity and kindness. In especially privileged regions of the world, people are eager to engage with charities as a way to achieve these characteristics, but do the organisations we support really fulfilContinue reading “Can we still trust charities?”

Homelessness, Rights, and Dignity

Source: Wikimedia Commons ‘In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.’ – Anatole France, Le Lys Rouge Human beings are embodied creatures, and as such every aspect of our lives is tied in some way to physical space. EvenContinue reading “Homelessness, Rights, and Dignity”

Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism

Crystal Mason. Source: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram In 2011, Crystal Mason, an Afro-American woman from Fort Worth, Texas, was charged and plead guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to three years in federal prison. On 8 November 2016, while still on probation, Mason went to her local polling station to vote in the ClintonContinue reading “Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism”

Why We Won’t Stop Fighting: Hope in the Form of Men like Recent Nobel Prize Winner Denis Mukwege

Reasons to keep marching on after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Doctor Mukwege, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Source: The Right Livelihood Award On 6 October 2018, the United States Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant position left on the United States Supreme Court by the retirement ofContinue reading “Why We Won’t Stop Fighting: Hope in the Form of Men like Recent Nobel Prize Winner Denis Mukwege”