The Shadow of Sunshine Industry

by Karina MelencioImage: Petr Macháček / Unsplash The Philippines is known as the Call Center Capital of the World, with over 700 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies across the nation. Since its humble beginnings in the 1990s, the BPO industry has been one of the few ‘legs’ of the Philippine economy, having contributed 9% to the country’s GDP Growth in 2017. It was greatly backed … Continue reading The Shadow of Sunshine Industry

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): a Golden Opportunity Facing Multiple Obstacles

by Sonia SaidImage: Christian Lue / Unsplash Similar to the ancient Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative is bringing some modernity in a world where isolation is, sometimes even unconsciously, more and more encouraged. In that sense, the BRI seems to come at the right time to lead to China’s rise in the current world order. The plan is a golden opportunity for the … Continue reading The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): a Golden Opportunity Facing Multiple Obstacles

As Pakistan Fights COVID, Misinformation Presents Another Battle

by Meheer CommuriImage: visuals / Unsplash Both in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, India and Pakistan find themselves in opposite positions. In India, people are lining up for far too few vaccines. In Pakistan, there are far too few lines. Although the country “has secured 17 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine… [and] approved China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines,” “49% of the … Continue reading As Pakistan Fights COVID, Misinformation Presents Another Battle

Civil Servants: “Work to Live” takes a Courage

by Irina JiangImage: Saulo Mohana / Unsplash How can one find security during a volatile time? For graduates from top Chinese universities, the answer is working as civil servants. Civil servants are those who work for the government in positions such as firefighters, social workers, teachers, and army attorneys. Earning on average 6000 RMB ($930 USD) per month, civil servants make less than the monthly … Continue reading Civil Servants: “Work to Live” takes a Courage

Denial, Disdain & Delusion : How PM Modi steered India into a COVID nightmare

by Heeya FirdausImage: Mufid Majnun / Unsplash As the first wave of COVID-19 ebbed towards the end of last year, India’s leaders prematurely declared “victory” over the disease and proceeded to mislead the public into living a dangerously care-free life. India’s Prime Minister Modi was at the helm of perpetuating this illusion. What followed was an obvious, almost step-by-step, descent into chaos and carnage caused … Continue reading Denial, Disdain & Delusion : How PM Modi steered India into a COVID nightmare

China’s Rocket Launch Failure

by Jessie JinImage: SpaceX / Unsplash On April 29 of 2021, China launched the Long March 5B rocket in Hainan Island, China, leaving many people wary after the launch. The rocket, approximately 33 meters tall and 40,000 pounds, marked the initiation of China’s new space program. The rocket was intended to release Tianhe, the main module of China’s permanent space station, into orbit. However, it … Continue reading China’s Rocket Launch Failure

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Debate

by Lindsay WongImage: Dakiny / CreativeCommons The upcoming Tokyo Olympics has sparked a very unique debate concerning the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic: should the games be held or cancelled? While it looks like the games have gotten the green light to go ahead and are slated to begin on July 23rd, the public is concerned about the threats posed by a global pandemic and … Continue reading The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Debate

India’s Pandemic is Bad, But Don’t Forget About the Farmer Protests

by Anonymous Image: Gayatri Malhotra / Unsplash The recent and current media fever about India is, rightly, related to the country’s vicious yet losing battle with the covid pandemic. Headlines continue to expose the grave health crisis and its disastrous handling by the Indian government. All for good reasons too, as India’s total COVID-19 caseload surges past 25 million, the world ought to care. This … Continue reading India’s Pandemic is Bad, But Don’t Forget About the Farmer Protests

Questionable Effectivity: the Duterte Administration’s ‘War on Drugs’

by Phylicia Abary Image: Colin Davis on Unsplash An overview on the ‘War on Drugs’ During Duterte’s  presidential campaign in 2016, he claimed that one of the most rampant issues in the Philippines was the usage of illegal drugs. Duterte pledged that if he were to be elected into office, criminal activity concerning drugs would be a focal point of action for his administration. Ever … Continue reading Questionable Effectivity: the Duterte Administration’s ‘War on Drugs’

An Aging Population: What does that Mean?

by Irina JiangImage: empty007 An Aging Population: What does that Mean? In November and December 2020, China conducted its seventh national census with early reports expected in April 2021. Though it is already May, the National Bureau of Statistics has not yet disclosed their data, and with rumours of a significant decline in working population percentage and abolishment of one-child-policy in 2016, the delay in an … Continue reading An Aging Population: What does that Mean?