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New Zealand: Pandemic Strategy Developments

by Annonymous Image:  Karolina Grabowska / Pexels Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have had widely different approaches to handling the pandemic.  One country, in particular, New Zealand, took a cautious approach against the virus from the very beginning. New Zealand received its first Covid case early in 2020 and took swift action. The country … Continue reading New Zealand: Pandemic Strategy Developments

Carbon Capture Technology: revolution or sugarcoated promise?

by Victor DupasquierImage: Andreas Felske / Unsplash Capturing CO2 in the atmosphere, or directly in the factories, and mixing it with hydrogen to create a fuel that is carbon neutral. Doesn’t it sound like an amazing solution to climate change? Let’s put this Carbon Capture theory into practice. According to the IPCC, we were supposed … Continue reading Carbon Capture Technology: revolution or sugarcoated promise?

Kabul Isn’t a Second Saigon – It’s Another Tehran

by Daniel ZaboImage: Left (“North Vietnam”/ manhhai is licensed under CC BY 2.0) Center ( Viking Vehicles Open Fire on Taliban Positions in Afghanistan, by Defense Imagery) Right (“Imam Khomeini”/ kamshots is licensed under CC BY 2.0_ On April 23, 1975, United States President Gerald Ford announced that after twenty-one years, the war in Vietnam … Continue reading Kabul Isn’t a Second Saigon – It’s Another Tehran

The Future of Refugee Crises: A Discussion

by Akina NanayakkaraImage: Akina Nanayakkara Around the world, refugee crises are happening now, and more severe cases are yet to occur. Each situation faces its set challenges; however, they also share some common issues. Refugees are forced to flee their homes and are faced with countless challenges within their own borders and upon arrival in … Continue reading The Future of Refugee Crises: A Discussion

When your favourite Ice Cream brand, Ben & Jerry’s, stands up for Human Rights

by Sonia SaidImage: Hybrid Storytellers / Unsplash Recently, the atrocities perpetrated in Palestine have been well known by the users of social media platforms. Information being shared this way allowed for the killings, violence, and mass protests to be documented in real time. It meant that the inaction of powerful figures was highlighted as well. … Continue reading When your favourite Ice Cream brand, Ben & Jerry’s, stands up for Human Rights

Space: An Old Frontier in a New Cold War

by Richard NghiemImage: Jared. 2015, digital image. Available from: Flickr When President Trump officially announced the creation of the United States Space Force, many experts and officials in Washington D.C., along with the US population, scoffed at the idea. What security threats or weapons were there in space? What was the need for such a force? … Continue reading Space: An Old Frontier in a New Cold War

Olympics: Game for Peace or Game for Politicians?

by Irina JiangImage: Bryan Turner/ Unsplash The Olympics games were established three thousand years ago in Greece and have since become the most preeminent sporting event in the world. Apart from being a renowned sporting competition, the Olympics is beloved for a beautiful Greek principle: the Olympic Truce. First beginning in the eighth century B.C, … Continue reading Olympics: Game for Peace or Game for Politicians?

China’s Dangerous Interpretation of America’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan

by Richard NghiemImage: Anthony Kwan/ Bloomberg. 2017, digital image. Available from: Flickr With the chaotic and bloody US withdrawal from Afghanistan receiving immense attention all around the world, Beijing has wasted no time in capitalizing on this unprecedented propaganda opportunity. Videos of desperate Afghans hanging onto the fuselage of a C-17 transport plane and the … Continue reading China’s Dangerous Interpretation of America’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Rebuilding After ISIS

by Danial ZaboImage: Levi Meir Clancy / Unsplash *DISCLAIMER: This interview has been slightly edited for length and clarity.* The rise of ISIS in the mid-2010s brought chaos and hardship to an already ailing region. At its height, the militant group held about forty percent of Iraq, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city. Among … Continue reading Rebuilding After ISIS

Vaccine Apartheid

by Jack WiseImage: Daniel Schludi/ Unsplash Vaccines have been cited as a great way to get out of the worst spread of newfound disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous loss of life. However, efforts to get the global population fully vaccinated are taking place, albeit in an unfair manner. The United States has surpassed … Continue reading Vaccine Apartheid

We may have a lot of problems on Earth, but we still need to explore the universe

by Nanditha Nagamani PraveenImage: Shot by Cerqueira / Unsplash When Galileo first pointed his telescope towards the moon, he might never have imagined that humans would someday be able to set foot on this celestial body. The human quest for knowledge didn’t stop from man’s first journey to space in 1961, nor did it end … Continue reading We may have a lot of problems on Earth, but we still need to explore the universe

Cancel Culture and Other Excuses

by  Karina MelencioImage: Markus Winkler / Unsplash The term ‘cancel culture’ and the act of ‘cancelling’ public figures for their ignorance toward social issues roots from the Civil Rights Movement in America and has long circulated the sphere of Black Twitter. Over the years, ‘cancel culture’ has regained traction, and usage of the term began … Continue reading Cancel Culture and Other Excuses

Australia’s Shocking Pandemic

by AnonymousImage: Pexels Free Photos Australia’s Shocking Pandemic Another pandemic has hit Australia but this time it is not something that can be solved by washing your hands or wearing a mask. Rather, it has spread through schools, households and most notably, the Australian Government. The pandemic of discussion is one comprised of sexual assault … Continue reading Australia’s Shocking Pandemic

Are We Learning the Right Lessons About Modern Healthcare Systems From COVID-19?

by Nanditha Nagamani PraveenImage: Antonio Casas / Flickr The first cases of COVID-19 began to surface in January 2020, and nearly a year and a half later, the world is still reeling from the painful impact of a global pandemic that has killed over 3 million people. With its ability to spread through the air … Continue reading Are We Learning the Right Lessons About Modern Healthcare Systems From COVID-19?

Is capitalism truly the “best” economic system? (Spoiler: It’s not)

by Douaa QadadiaImage: Kevin Doncaster / Flickr Is capitalism truly the “best” economic system? (Spoiler: It’s not)  What is capitalism?  We’ve all heard about the American Dream. It’s the belief that if you work hard, you are guaranteed financial success, however, we know that that’s far from the truth, and much too often, people work … Continue reading Is capitalism truly the “best” economic system? (Spoiler: It’s not)

Why Mental Health Mattered Yesterday, Matters today and Will Matter Tomorrow

by Sonia SaidImage: Andy Zurich / Flickr There might be no better time to talk about Mental Health than now. Why? Because like women’s day, everyday should be Mental Health awareness day. And during the current pandemic of the Covid-19, people have been more and more concerned. Mental health is an extensive part of our … Continue reading Why Mental Health Mattered Yesterday, Matters today and Will Matter Tomorrow

Press the Recording Button! It’s Not That Hard.

by Irina JiangImage: Matheus Farias / Unsplash What is your first impression of online schooling? Flexible? Enjoyable? The answer for Kaijie Zhang, a former freshman student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private university in New York, would be “lethal”. On February 8th, 2021, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute posted a brief announcement on their website expressing their … Continue reading Press the Recording Button! It’s Not That Hard.

Unsustainable Development: A Radical Redistribution of Wealth is Needed Now

by Chris PrattImage: Jp Valery / Unsplash Since the West created Development Theory in the 1950s, foreign aid has been focused on empowering actions abroad. How foreign aid is utilized depends on the development ideology and donor. Regardless of whether aid has been used to build schools or spark industrialization, the vast majority of foreign … Continue reading Unsustainable Development: A Radical Redistribution of Wealth is Needed Now

Where Will the Oil Markets Move and Why You Should Care.

by Raihan WoodhouseImage: Michael Elleray / Creative Commons Oil is the most important energy commodity in the world and a primary determinant for the costs of production and manufacturing across industries. Appropriately, investors use oil prices as a valuable indicator of the economic climate. The oil industry was left traumatized in early 2020 as energy … Continue reading Where Will the Oil Markets Move and Why You Should Care.

When will the music stop? An Outlook on Financial Markets for 2021 and Beyond

by Raihan Woodhouse Image Credit: UN Women Galley / Creative Commons Contrary to one’s credence, all the unfortunate events that transpired in 2020 did not deter the faith of investors in global financial markets. It was, in fact, a very strong year for equities across the board, especially in the United States—the largest economy in … Continue reading When will the music stop? An Outlook on Financial Markets for 2021 and Beyond

ICAN do it: Nuclear Weapons Ban Made Official with a 50th UN Signatory!

by: Raihan Woodhouse Picture Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias On January 22, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] will be in effect. The UN has come closer than ever before to ensure peace and security across the globe regarding nuclear weapons. In August, the 75th anniversary of the atoming of Hiroshima and … Continue reading ICAN do it: Nuclear Weapons Ban Made Official with a 50th UN Signatory!

Why is Climate Change Still Not Solved?

By Kristin Cho Image Credit: Petra Wendeler Climate change is a nonlinear problem. Projections on climate change are unpredictable and probabilistic because of the many uncertain factors and their interactions. And we humans—by burning exceeding amounts of fossil fuels and chopping down green areas—are causing the average air temperatures to constantly and erratically rise, enhancing … Continue reading Why is Climate Change Still Not Solved?

Trapped: Domestic Violence & Covid-19

By Heeya Firdaus Image Credit: First Post Referred to as “the shadow pandemic” by the United Nations, domestic violence has seen an alarming rate of increase during the COVID-19 lockdown. Wan Fei, the founder of an anti-violence non-profit in Jingzhou, Hubei, said that reports of domestic violence have nearly doubled since cities went into lockdown. … Continue reading Trapped: Domestic Violence & Covid-19

New Zealand vs Global Pandemic: Did New Zealand Already win?

By Anonymous Image credit: BCC Covid-19 has led to over one million deaths, economic strife, and the rapid search for a vaccine all over the world. Countries like the United States, India, Italy, China, and Brazil have been among some of the hardest hit by the Coronavirus. On the other hand, New Zealand has already … Continue reading New Zealand vs Global Pandemic: Did New Zealand Already win?

Cultural Appropriation

By Lindsay Wong Image credit: Bustle The onset of globalization has led to an increase in social awareness and consciousness. The issue of cultural appropriation has prompted debate and led to more people getting called out for toxic behavior. Cultural appropriation refers to members of a more dominant society inappropriately adopting the customs, practices, ideas, … Continue reading Cultural Appropriation