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 the hardest hit were minority communities in the subdued nations, … Continue reading Rebuilding After ISIS

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

The Next Election in France: A Turning Point

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 same as in the last round of the 2017 presidential … Continue reading The Next Election in France: A Turning Point

COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act: Hate Amid Pandemic

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 be overwhelming, leading many to feel the need to place … Continue reading COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act: Hate Amid Pandemic

Spain, The Real Colonialist: Ceuta, Melilla, and the Moroccan Sahara

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 people of North Africa) and various Arab tribes. In the … Continue reading Spain, The Real Colonialist: Ceuta, Melilla, and the Moroccan Sahara

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?

Is a GOP Split Inevitable or Is Trump’s Grip on the Party Too Strong?

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 to how far he has strayed from standard conservatism. A … Continue reading Is a GOP Split Inevitable or Is Trump’s Grip on the Party Too Strong?

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 hard to find themselves nonetheless struggling economically. The system that … Continue reading Is capitalism truly the “best” economic system? (Spoiler: It’s not)

Has Brexit Reawakened ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland?

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 region had been rocked with over 30 years of deadly … Continue reading Has Brexit Reawakened ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland?