The Consequential Vote

by Phylicia AbaryImage: Artypixall / Flickr The Republic of the Philippines is going to hold its next presidential elections on the 9th of May, 2022. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the circumstances facing the ever-nearing election is a far cry from what the nation had encountered in 2016. With the date growing closer by the day, it is imperative that the past six years be put … Continue reading The Consequential Vote

Tokenism in Australia Against the Aborigines

by Lindsay WongImage: k8rry / Flickr It’s no surprise that the Australian government and general public is hostile towards their indigenous people, just like Canada and the US. The country has a complicated relationship with the Aborigines, who have endured centuries of discrimination and violence since the arrival of settlers on the land. They have been repeatedly massacred, silenced and underrepresented in society; even now, … Continue reading Tokenism in Australia Against the Aborigines

Sanctions on Military Coup: To Do or Not to Do?

by Douaa QadadiaImage: The Foreign Photographer / Flickr What’s happening in Myanmar?  On the night of February 1st, the Burmese military, under the leadership of Min Aung Hlaing, seized control of the country. They then accused the landslide victory of Aung San Suu Kyi in the recent democratic election as a fraud. She was detained, among many other Burmese politicians. Upon her detention, she wrote … Continue reading Sanctions on Military Coup: To Do or Not to Do?

India’s flash floods: an Inevitable Consequence of the Government’s Ignorant Environmental Practices

by Heeya FirdausImage: Uttarakhand Information Department Eight years after the devastating Kedarnath floods, the North Indian state of Uttarakhand once again finds itself battling turbulent natural disasters that are tearing through populated villages, reducing all that comes before it to rubble.  On February 7th, a violent flash flood swept through the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. A part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off, triggering … Continue reading India’s flash floods: an Inevitable Consequence of the Government’s Ignorant Environmental Practices

Move Forward: the Philippines’ Response to COVID-19

by Phylicia AbaryImage: Asian Development Bank / Flickr In late January last year, the first active case of COVID-19 in the Philippines was confirmed. More than a year has passed since then, and yet the handling of the pandemic in the country remains as stagnant and subpar as it was in the first quarter of 2020.  Policies have been placed and lifted over and over … Continue reading Move Forward: the Philippines’ Response to COVID-19

The Democratic Decline in Southeast Asia

by Lindsay Wong Image: Ah Nyie / Flickr Though democracy has been heavily promoted and adopted by the majority of Western countries as well as former Western colonies, Asia’s relationship with this system of government is much more complicated. While some countries have always been hostile towards democracy, Southeast Asia has more or less made an effort to embrace democracy in the post-war period. However, … Continue reading The Democratic Decline in Southeast Asia

Indo-Pakistani Conflict: the Underlying History of Border Armed Conflicts

by Jessie Jin Image: Tor Lundgren/Flickr In November 2020, a major exchange of gunfire occurred in the disputed region of Kashmir, marking the latest development in an ongoing series of armed clashes between India and Pakistan known as the India-Pakistan border skirmishes. The November border skirmishes have left at least 22 dead, including 11 civilians. This dispute took place along the Line of Control, the … Continue reading Indo-Pakistani Conflict: the Underlying History of Border Armed Conflicts

Owe It to the Country: How the Philippine National Police has Forsaken the Filipino

by Phylicia Abary Image: Brandon Fike/Flickr We serve and protect. Bold words with such heavy weight and significance, used as the motto of individuals who swore oaths to serve the Filipino.  All men and women serving under the Philippine National Police (PNP) have one obligation: to ensure the safety of the masses. If anything, their motto sums up their duty quite well. Apart from this, … Continue reading Owe It to the Country: How the Philippine National Police has Forsaken the Filipino

Unnoticed: India is Snowballing Towards Authoritarianism

by Heeya Firdaus Image: Indian Cop/Flickr Since the BJP government came to power in 2014, India has seen an exponential increase in the arrest of dissenters. Be it comedians, authors, activists, journalists or simply students, the government has not hesitated to pursue a brutal campaign against anyone who even approaches a narrative that is remotely different from the one peddled by the Hindu nationalist (read: … Continue reading Unnoticed: India is Snowballing Towards Authoritarianism

China-Australia Trade Dispute

by Lindsay Wong Picture Credit: simon2579/Getty For the better part of 2020, China and Australia have been embroiled in a trade dispute that has altered their relationship from somewhat friendly to outright hostile. China was once Australia’s top trading partner, but this has changed because of the ongoing trade dispute which has no end in sight. Going as far back as the 1990s, the two … Continue reading China-Australia Trade Dispute