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Coronavirus: the democratic slump

The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the world we live in. It is accelerating technological changes in society, exacerbating economic inequality, and calling into question the current global system. One key area the pandemic is affecting is global democracy.  In the wake of the coronavirus, the world faces the prospect of significant democratic decline.  Last year, Freedom […]

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Myanmar can achieve democracy, but in name only

*Content warning: descriptions of racially/ethnically motivated violence and genocide* On the first of February, General Min Aung Hlaing and the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar army) successfully deposed Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected leader of Myanmar, and a member of the National League for Democracy Party. The military ushered in a yearlong ‘state of emergency’ […]

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Time to cut this transphobic shit out

CW: Transphobia Somehow, regardless of Nicola Sturgeon’s statements about zero tolerance for transphobia and the university’s similar protests, transphobic stickers have been a plague on Edinburgh’s community for quite some time. Although I wasn’t here at the time, these instances go back as far as 2018 with sayings such as ‘Seahorses are HORSES, Hotdogs are […]

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It’s high time the US re-evaluated its relationship with Israel

All the world’s a stage but, as the world’s hegemon, the United States are more than a mere player. After a year in which Israel’s domestic and coronavirus policy has led to significant abuses of human rights, the Biden administration must rethink their diplomatic relations and incentivise the Israeli government to change their policies. The […]

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In Poland, the Handmaid’s Tale is now a reality

Imagine a world in which women cannot decide about their bodies, health, and future. Welcome to 21st century Poland. On the 22nd of October 2020 Poland’s government-controlled constitutional court has officially removed severe or fatal fetus impairment from the list of permitted grounds for abortion. From now on, abortion is only legal if the pregnancy […]

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Trump’s “Deal of the Century” and the need to build and educate on the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

Palestinians do not currently have another avenue by which to access their inalienable right to justice BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is a call for the Cultural, Academic and Material boycott of Israel and its institutions with the express hope and aim that in doing so, Israel will be pressured into respecting international law with […]

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The Uighur tragedy: cultural suppression not counter-terrorism

On November 24th, what have become known as the ‘China Cables’ were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). These Chinese Communist Party documents revealed that the facilities the Chinese government had labelled “re-education camps” in Xinjiang Province in the far West of China had been envisioned as brainwashing facilities from their conception. […]

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The Sri Lankan paradox: the country looks set to stall under Rajapaksa’s protectionism

Every time Sri Lanka looks like it is developing further to become a more democratic or liberal state, remotely more integrated with the rest of the world, it manages to reverse itself politically by electing an ultra-nationalistic protectionist with a human rights record that even Josef Stalin would envy. It’s what I’d like to call […]