by Irina JiangImage: DJ Paine / Unsplash As COVID cases are trending down in Ontario, largely thanks to the mandatory vaccination policy to participate in activities, including restaurants, a new round of anti-vaccination protests has unfolded. It is intuitive for most people to get vaccinated to protect themselves from having the virus. However, even with … Continue reading Vaccination Protesters Demand More Understanding
by Sofia FreitasImage: Archives of Ontario / Flickr It is no secret that despite societal progression on a global scale, women across the world are still subjected to gratuitous violence and misogynistic preconceptions, with their heinous aggressors primarily known to be men. With this unfortunate notion understood, the incrementing sexual violence countless female students faced … Continue reading Western University Sexual Violence and Validation of Rape Culture ￼
by Paul FloresImage: Daniel Stuben. / Unsplash On October 24th, 2021, the Gulf Clan’s leader, Dairo Antonio Úsuga David— also known as “Otoniel”—was detained by the police and the Colombian army. Frequently compared to Pablo Escobar, Otoniel is the most-searched drug dealer in the country and the leader of the Gulf Clan, a criminal group … Continue reading After the Detention of Otoniel: the End of the Gulf Clan?￼
by Yameen KhurshidImage: GoToVan / Flickr Earlier this year (June 24th), 715 unmarked graves of Indigenous children were found at a former Canadian residential school (Marieval Residential School) on the Cowessess First Nation, east of Regina — just weeks following the discovery of the remains of 215 more children at a former B.C. residential school. … Continue reading A Dark Scar on Our Past — Residential Schools
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
by Monique KasongaImage: Jason Leung / Unsplash Despite the growing awareness and fight against hate crimes, hate-fueled violence is still growing rapidly in Canada and the United States. Increases in racist rhetoric have coincided with increases in racist attacks. Particularly, since February 2020, Asians and people of Asian descent around the world have been subjected … Continue reading Why have we not improved our hate crime responses?
by Karina MelencioImage: Ahmed akacha / Pexels The aftermath of the U.S. army’s complete withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover gave attention to the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program and how it can help evacuate the estimated 256,000 Afghan allies left stranded within the country. Numerous reports and reassessments of the program came through that showed the … Continue reading Afghan Allies Left Stranded: Inadequacies of the Special Immigrant Visa Program
by Sofia FreitasImage: Gayatri Malhotra / Unsplash On September 1st, 2021, the Austin Texas Circut Court of Appeals issued a one-page statement allowing for the temporary re-establishment of heavy restrictions on abortions. This law prohibits the termination of pregnancy once cardiac activity is detected – after about six weeks – with no exceptions pertaining to … Continue reading America’s Policing of Women’s Reproductive Rights: The Anti Abortion Legislation in Texas
by Shreya Viswanathan Image: Canada Club Toronto / Flickr Canada’s western province of Alberta had an enviable record of COVID-19 control until June 2021, but all this changed by early September. The province went from having a 7-day average COVID-19 case count of 63 to 20,000 in the span of three months. This rapid deterioration … Continue reading Jason Kenney & COVID-19: The Flaws of Democracy￼
by Paul FloresImage: Pexels In 2018, El Salvador was named the most violent country in the world, with approximately 52 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. In 2020, the country’s homicide rate fell to a historic level after President Nayib Bukele came to power. Security has always been one of the main concerns of Salvadorans. It is … Continue reading How is El Salvador fighting against violence?
by Douaa QadadiaImage: Alexander Shatov / Unsplash A complete shutdown. That’s what occurred on October 4th, 2021, at 11:40 EST. Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram all went down simultaneously, causing utter chaos for people around the world. There are approximately 3.5 billion global users currently on Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram, so one can imagine the chaos … Continue reading Facebook’s Control of Communication
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?￼
by Akina NanayakkaraImage: Akina Nanayakkara As of modern-day, Afghanistan’s major cities are now under Taliban control. Airports flooded with Afghans desperate to flee from the bleak and dangerous future fast approaching under Taliban control. Recent images of men and women clinging to airplane carriers illustrate the dire threat of remaining in the country. However, there … Continue reading The Urgent Threat for Afghan Women￼
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￼
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
by Irina JiangImage: yu wei / Unsplash Chinese children, born into the most populous country in the world, face tremendous pressure since birth, as do their parents. Every choice made by parents is perceived to directly affect their child’s future career and social status. Some parents spend much of their income on kindergarten education for … Continue reading New policies in China “relieve” the Students from Peer Pressure
by Meheer CommuriImage: Kimberly Farmer/ Unsplash He was scared. He was worried. This unfamiliar place was so new to him. But he was finally here. He was in New York City. Mr. Cabrera was only 14 when he first attempted to cross the border and enter America. Growing up in Tlaxcala, his family lived in … Continue reading Hope, Community, and Dreams from the American Dream School￼
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
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
by Karina MelencioImage: Ivan Aleksic/ Unsplash On March 16, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte announced a nation-wide lockdown, declaring the Philippines in a state of calamity. The announcement put all citizens under an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Along with the news came a flood of preventive measures meant to ensure the safety of Filipino citizens and … Continue reading The Filipino Youth’s Call to Reopen Physical Classes
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?
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
by Douaa QadadiaImage: Brett Jordan / Unsplash “You must preserve our honour and family name.” That is the message that Arab girls constantly hold in their mind as they live their everyday lives. The way you dress, talk, act, and look are all under a microscope. Should I be talking to them? Should I post … Continue reading The Arab World’s Saddening Relationship with Honour Killings
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
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 … Continue reading The Shadow of Sunshine Industry
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 … Continue reading The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): a Golden Opportunity Facing Multiple Obstacles
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 … Continue reading As Pakistan Fights COVID, Misinformation Presents Another Battle
by Sonia SaidImage: Ilnur Kalimullin / Unsplash France is a leading country in terms of cultural influence but its domestic issues are changing the country. In that perspective, the next elections will be key in understanding the views of the people. According to some experts, the two candidates expected to lead the pools are the … Continue reading The Next Election in France: A Turning Point
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 … Continue reading Civil Servants: “Work to Live” takes a Courage
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
by Tatyana B.Image: Kareem Hayes / Unsplash It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic is a momentous obstacle that the world has struggled to overcome. Case numbers have fluctuated, unemployment rates have risen, and government regulations have changed repeatedly. Emotions such as frustration, greif, anger, and hopelessness have been painfully unavoidable. These emotions can … Continue reading COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act: Hate Amid Pandemic
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
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 … Continue reading Denial, Disdain & Delusion : How PM Modi steered India into a COVID nightmare
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 … Continue reading China’s Rocket Launch Failure
by AnonymousImage: Pexels Free Images As we make our way into the 18th month of the coronavirus pandemic, the world is beginning to see an end in sight. With more than 10 pharmaceutical companies currently in the process of manufacturing vaccines or working towards approval, there is hope that normal (pre-2020) life will soon begin … Continue reading Australia’s Sizeable Vaccination Problem
by Monique KasongaImage: camilo jimenez / Unsplash #StopAsianHate. #MeToo. #SaveIndia. #FreePalestine. #PrayforUyghurMuslims. #BlackOutTuesday. What do all of these social justice issues have in common? They all became performative social media trends. According to Medium, an online social journalism platform, performative activism is “activism that is done to increase one’s social capital rather than because of … Continue reading You Aren’t the Activist That You Think You Are
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 … Continue reading The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Debate
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 … Continue reading India’s Pandemic is Bad, But Don’t Forget About the Farmer Protests
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
by Douaa QadadiaImage: NormanEinstein / CreativeCommons Brief History of Ceuta and Melillia Ceuta and Melilla are geographically placed in very strategic locations. They are close to Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The story of these two Spanish enclaves is complex and goes back for centuries. The main inhabitants of the land were the Amazigh (indigenous … Continue reading Spain, The Real Colonialist: Ceuta, Melilla, and the Moroccan Sahara
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 … Continue reading Questionable Effectivity: the Duterte Administration’s ‘War on Drugs’
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
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 … Continue reading An Aging Population: What does that Mean?
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?
by AkinaImage: arizonaguardian / Flickr It is indisputable that the future of the Republican Party is uncertain after the end of Donald Trump’s presidency on the 20th of January this year. The exit of the former president left the Republican Party at a crossroads on whether Republicans should stay committed to Trump, or withdraw due … Continue reading Is a GOP Split Inevitable or Is Trump’s Grip on the Party Too Strong?
by Tatyana BaldwinImage: Spi-V / Flickr The terms miscarriage and stillbirth are applied to a pregnancy that leads to the loss of the baby. Both of these events cause unmeasurable grief and pain for the parents. As with any loss, it takes time to heal and accept the reality of the loss. For this reason, … Continue reading New Zealand: Ahead of the curve on Miscarriage Paid Leave
by Monique KasongaImage: Luigi Guarino / Flickr Within the last decade, there has been a quick and urgent surge in the use of new agricultural technologies within Western countries. As defined by Project Breakthrough, digital agriculture utilizes new and advanced technologies that have been integrated into a singular system that enables farmers and other stakeholders … Continue reading What’s Next for African Agricultural Sectors?
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)
by Chris PrattImage: Tovarisch14 / Flickr When the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) in June 2016, it was not long before concerns were raised with regards to how Brexit would impact the Good Friday Agreement. The Good Friday Agreement helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland in 1998 after the … Continue reading Has Brexit Reawakened ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland?
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, … Continue reading The Consequential Vote
by Heeya FirdausImage: The American Bazaar Mere days after the cherished Sikh festival, “Vaisakhi”, four members of the Sikh community lost their lives to a shooting in Indianapolis that left eight dead and several others injured. The shooting occurred on April 15th when the gunman entered a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The devastating incident was … Continue reading Why the Indianapolis Shooting Reopened Old Wounds for the Sikh Community.
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 … Continue reading Tokenism in Australia Against the Aborigines
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
Written by: AnonymousImage: Sunghwan Yoon / Flickr The armed clashes erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia last year over the disputed status of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that was internationally recognized as Azerbaijan but had been run by ethnic Armenians since 1994. This war ended with a peace agreement that halted the Azerbaijani offensive and significantly reduced … Continue reading Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Interview with an International Student from Azerbaijan
by Nanditha Nagamani PraveenImage: Roman Kraft / Unsplash In the last few years, social media has bulldozed its way to being one of the most effective platforms for speaking out on social and political issues, and 2020 was no exception. From the coronavirus pandemic, to the US presidential elections, to the Indian farmer protests, public … Continue reading An Age of Information? Or MIS-information?
by Lara ChoyImage: Nico Smit / Unsplash It’s a chilly pandemic winter and three very different Torontonians secretly share in the same struggle. A recently unemployed server rushes down the sidewalk with spare cash from his roommate to pay for a few groceries. He passes a small apartment, where a single mother begins skipping meals … Continue reading WE ARE(N’T) WHAT WE EAT
by Yug YadavaImage: Liza Pooor / Unsplash On August 20, 2020, Alexei Navalny was hospitalized in Siberia, Russia after he reported pain when boarding a plane. This pain was later to be revealed as an effect of the nerve agent, Novichok—the same poison used by the Russian officials under Vladimir Putin to eliminate Navalny as … Continue reading The Biden Administration Must Push Harder for Navalny’s Release
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.
by: AnonymousImage: PT na Câmara / Flickr Race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and social standing are just some examples of what makes people different from one another. These differences, along with many others, are what make diversity possible in our world. Unfortunately, for all of those who believe that diversity is a source of beauty, … Continue reading Afro-Brazilian Women Run for Office: The Answer to Underrepresentation
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
by Jessie JinImage: Mike Gifford / Flickr From the appalling anti-black, racism-motivated murder in College Park to the violent attack on an elderly Asian woman just a few days ago (as of this writing), the United States has reached an all-time high in hate crimes. The Anti-Defamation League claimed that 3566 “extremist propaganda incidents” occurred … Continue reading Tackling Hate Crimes in the U.S.
“Without a free and diverse press, democracy simply cannot function in its wholeness.” Continue reading The Murdoch Media Monopoly: An Alarming Alliteration
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, … 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. … Continue reading India’s flash floods: an Inevitable Consequence of the Government’s Ignorant Environmental Practices
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 … Continue reading Move Forward: the Philippines’ Response to COVID-19
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 … Continue reading The Democratic Decline in Southeast Asia
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.
by Monique Kasonga Image: Clint Budd / Flickr When you look down at your phone, what do you think of? Do you think of all the happy memories that you’ve had it with you for, or all the important information that it holds? For most people living in the Western world, the answer is yes. … Continue reading Do we all have blood on our hands? An Ongoing crisis: Cobalt Mining
by Irina JiangImage: Umbra Mania / Flickr The opinions reflected in this article do not represent an anti-vaccine sentiment on behalf of The Global Diplomat. Rather, we publish this to shine a new perspective on the various forms of Covid-19 vaccines and their complications that may often be overlooked by the mainstream media. We encourage … Continue reading The “Filthy” Needles of COVID Vaccines
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. … Continue reading Indo-Pakistani Conflict: the Underlying History of Border Armed Conflicts
by Kristin Cho Image: Anna Shvets/Pexels Since the rise of Coronavirus, scientists’ greatest fear was the possibility that the virus would go through inevitable evolution in its life cycle—learning to adapt and find better ways to enter into the human body. The new variant found in U.K. last December was only the first of multiple … Continue reading Adapting to the Changing Pandemic Dynamics
by Tatyana Baldwin Image: Element5 Digital/Pexels Governance and leadership are instrumental to the success or failure of a nation. Whether the successor of the previous leader is chosen by hereditary means or elected into office by the people, it is crucial that this person is willing to take actions that will benefit the nation as … Continue reading Doubts in Leadership: Uganda Election
by Lara ChoyImage credit: Jerk IX / Flickr As terrible stories seem to spill out from the United States into Canadian news cycles, we console ourselves with “at least we’re not the States.” We seem to be saying that even more recently, but the smug tone and sense of cultural superiority remains the same. Sure, … Continue reading Alt-Right, Northward
by Akina Nanayakkara Image Credit: Evangelos Petratos / Flickr Climate change has become an increasing threat as the level of CO2 in the atmosphere reached an all-time high as of January 2021. It’s been estimated that carbon dioxide values have increased by 20% over the last 40 years due to more frequent amounts of human … Continue reading Climate Migration: Is the World Doing Enough?
By Anonymous Image Credit: The Global Panorama / Creative Commons Boko Haram is an Islamist terrorist organization, which is ironic because most of their victims and territories are Muslims, and in Muslim dominated areas. Considering the fact that Islam means peace, there is nothing Islamic about the destruction they have caused for more than a … Continue reading Boko Haram: A Menace to Society
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
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 … Continue reading Owe It to the Country: How the Philippine National Police has Forsaken the Filipino
by Yashaswi Bista Image: Mika Baumeister/Unsplash The U.K. was one of the first countries to implement a COVID-19 vaccination plan. The country originally expected to release the second dose of the COVID vaccine three to four weeks after the first, but changes have now been made. The British government announced that citizens would wait twelve … Continue reading The Controversial U.K. delay of the Second Vaccine Dose and the Future Implications
by Chris Pratt Image: Edward Maurer/Flickr When the number of Alberta’s COVID-19 cases rose in the fall, the United Conservative Party (UCP) government emphasized the importance of personal responsibility in both combating the virus spread and flattening the curve. Hospitalization and ICU rates mounted, nevertheless. This eventually led to the enactment of mandatory restrictions, though … Continue reading The Hawaii Scandal: Canadian Politicians Travelling Abroad During COVID-19
by Monique Kasonga Image: papillion_1/Flickr In a world where gender nonconformity and neutrality are slowly on the rise, many languages and cultures have added and adopted gender neutral pronouns. While there have long been gender-neutral pronouns in English, many other languages still lack this inclusive language. Understanding the situation’s complexity requires looking at the concept … Continue reading Can It Be Done? – Gender Neutrality in the French Language
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 … Continue reading Unnoticed: India is Snowballing Towards Authoritarianism
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 … Continue reading China-Australia Trade Dispute
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!
by: AnonymousImage Credit: Samurai Spy Let’s play a modified game of ‘Two Truths and a Lie’, except in this version of the game, identify two lies and one truth. Statement 1: Vietnam is currently regarded as one of the most dangerous and COVID-19 case abundant countries in the world. Statement 2: Every country in Asia … Continue reading Economic Growth During a Pandemic: An Oxymoron or a Reality?
by Kristin Cho Photo Credit: Michael Veltman Although hate crimes are not a new concept in society, they have become more prominent through the use of media. As many people know, hate crimes—motivated by biases like preconceived negative stigma—are offenses that affect the security of individuals, communities and societies though threats, assault and sometimes even … Continue reading Why Hate Crimes Have Been Rising in the U.S. in 2020
by: Anonymous Photo Credit: The Foreign Photographer All throughout history, conflicts between the ruler and the ruled have existed. Even if citizens are largely happy with policies put into place by leaders, there is almost always a percentage that is not satisfied. Oftentimes, this results in protest and civil unrest. The countries that make up … Continue reading What it Means to Have a Voice: Thailand Protests
by Yashaswi Bista Photo Credit: 75CentralPhotography Tensions between the U.S. and the EU have been volatile over the past years because of President Trump. Unless both the EU and the U.S. would like to see their economic power diminish and the face of the global market change forever, these relations need to improve. The EU … Continue reading The Significance of the EU and U.S. Trade War and What it Could Mean for the Future
by Jessie Jin Image Source: CGTN Trigger Warning: r*pe, abuse, self-harm. Viewer discretion is advised. “The room I was imprisoned in was dark, the only source of light was from a crack in the wall. The walls are covered in mildew, and there are often rats and cockroaches on the floor. The room has an … Continue reading YuZhang Academy: the Reform Schools of Exacerbation
Gerrymandering in South Carolina, where, in 2010, the Republican state legislature created 13 bizarrely shaped Congressional districts to maximize their electoral success by Lara Choy Photo Credit: Dominique5340 In March 1812, Elbridge Gerry, the Governor of Massachusetts, reluctantly signed a modest proposal that would fundamentally change the American electoral system. His fellow Democratic-Republican politicians, seeking … Continue reading Dividing States
by Heeya Firdaus Image Source: Aniruddha Guha Sarkar Braving the harsh Delhi winter, impoverished Indian farmers are marching towards the capital in hopes of registering their protests against the oppressive Farm-Bills passed by the Narendra Modi Government in September, 2020. The Government claims that the bills make it easier for farmers to sell their produce … Continue reading India: Farmer Protests 2020
by Monique Kasonga Image Source: Robert Lang With the one year anniversary of COVID-19’s arrival to Canada just around the corner, most Canadians are able to say how much their lives have drastically changed during this past year. Back in March, when most of the country found itself in quarantine, many of Canada’s youth experienced … Continue reading Today’s Youth is Suffering in a Different Way Than You May Think
by: Anonymous Image Source: https://www.dailysabah.com/world/africa/violence-surrounding-ivory-coast-election-may-have-killed-32-people-so-far Politics across different African countries is complex and like most democratic countries such as the USA, India and UK, elections are a highly important part of independent countries’ democratic process. Unfortunately, due to the presence of incompetent and corrupt leaders, some African countries don’t get to experience the joys of … Continue reading Understanding The 2020 Ivorian Presidential Elections
by Phylicia Abary Image Source: The Atlantic Relationship Status Updated: the Philippines and the United States of America Throughout history, the Philippines has been interlaced with foreign influence and relations, but no other country’s impact has come close to the United States’ over the past few decades. Such an affiliation and partnership only becomes more … Continue reading In Biden’s Lead: Filipino Immigrants and Overseas Workers in the Next Four Years
By Akina Nanayakkara Image Credit: REUTERS/Susana Vera Cutting carbon emissions, investing in renewables, and moving away from fossil fuels are a few examples from a long list of actions that the US needs to secure for it to have a chance at winning the fight against climate change. During Donald Trump’s presidency, there has been … Continue reading Biden Presidency: A New Age for Climate Change?
by Yug Yadava Image source: Graeme Bartlett Tibet was an independent country after the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1912 but abruptly became an “autonomous” region of China in 1951. While the Chinese say they treat Tibet with respect, there have been numerous reports of human rights violations within the region such as the … Continue reading Tibet Deserves Its Independence From China Once and For All
By Christopher Pratt Image source: voanews Fights between regional forces and the national army have been raging in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region since early November 2020. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, is accusing leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of treason and terrorism, after members of this regional political party allegedly attacked a … Continue reading Ethiopia: Africa On Edge – Political Conflict in the Tigray Region
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?
by Anonymous Image Credit: Trending News “Hey, have you heard of the Canadian double -” “Of course, the Double Double from Tim Horton’s is Canada’s pride and joy, along with maple syrup and poutine!” “No, no. Not coffee. I was actually referring to the Canadian government’s double standard pertaining to military exports to Turkey versus … Continue reading Canada’s Double Standard in Military Exports: Turkey is Stuck, Saudi Arabia is in luck
By Raihan Woodhouse Image Credit: Bloomberg Chaos, the epitome of 2020, has engulfed the streets of every major Indonesian city across the vast archipelago. In response to economic and demographic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his administration implemented a 905-page omnibus legislative measure which amended more than 75 national … Continue reading Omnibus Bill – Protests in Indonesia
By Yug Yadava Image Credit: Lobe Log The United States’ relationship with the two dominant forces in the Middle East, Iran, and Saudi Arabia has seen its fair shares of highs and lows over the past fifty years. Iran and the United States had a working relationship with each other from 1953 to 1979 after … Continue reading The United States Needs Iran like it needs Saudi Arabia