China’s Systematic Alienation of Uighur Muslims

Daniel Symons Tuyoq Village exemplifies Xinjiang’s touristic appeal. But behind the façade of ancient Silk Road oases and vast steppes and deserts lies endemic state sponsored persecution. Photo credits: National Geographic Society For China’s Muslim minority, persecution and state sponsored racism are a daily reality in this majority atheist country. The implementation of so-called ‘re-education camps’…

The Yemen Crisis: An Overview

Samuel Ching Mother and 6-year-old son in a hospital in Hodeida, a Red Sea port city. Source: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters As our attention to the Middle East appears confined to Saudi Arabia’s alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi and to the Islamic State (IS), not many seem to notice that Yemen, in the southernmost of the Arabian…

Climate Change’s Losing Battle

Dessi Eneva 2030 is the often-sighted deadline for climate change action. After that, the IPCC recently warned, we are doomed if temperatures aren’t kept to a maximum of 1.5°C increase from pre-industrial levels. Even half a degree above that, in contrast to the previously assumed limit, has the power to worsen extreme weather – drought,…

What’s Up With South Sudan?

Dani Podgoretskaya South Sudan happens to simultaneously be the newest and the least successful country in the world. When the African nation declared its independence on July 9, 2011, the future seemed bright; after a century of conflict and uncertainty, decades of bloody civil war, and years of economic turmoil, South Sudan was finally granted…

Nord Stream II: Russia’s latest ‘Energy Weapon’?

Charlotte Gardner Proposed Nord Stream II route. Source: Gazprom. Nord Stream II, the new export gas pipeline that will travel across the Baltic Sea from Russia to Europe, has become the latest example of Russia’s foreign policy strategies abroad. The pipeline is supposedly a commercial project, aiming to increase the amount of gas exported directly…

Why Gaza’s Water Crisis Cannot Be Depoliticised

Emma Faverio A strip of land where 97% of the water has been deemed unpotable. Where citizens must pay exorbitant market prices for bottled water in order to fulfil their basic needs. Where those who cannot afford it, being the majority due to skyrocketing unemployment rates, have to resort to contaminated water. Where the quality…

Poverty Is a Human Rights Issue

Devisha Vythelingum Poverty is a microcosmic representation of a State’s treatment of its citizens. Being a transnational problem, it does not discriminate between what the international community sees as ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ countries, but exists everywhere, with varying degree of severity across States. Poverty is also not disconnected from human rights. It impacts on the…

Public Stigmatisation: LGBTQ+ in Asia

Samuel Ching Growing up in Hong Kong, I am used to living in a fairly conservative culture. Many people, particularly teenagers, avoid alcohol. The thinking goes: if you drink alcohol, you are a bad guy. And they avoid clubbing altogether, thinking there is no point to jumping up and down to music. But what really…

A History of American anti-Semitism and its Currents in the Trump Era

Skye Graham-Welton Last month we saw the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. Robert D. Bowers walked into Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and opened fire on congregants as he yelled, “All Jews must die!” Bowers is so far right that he has refused to support President Donald Trump on the grounds that he…

Mohammed Bin Salman and the Guise of the Reformer

Emma Faverio Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) was supposed to be the Middle Eastern reformer the West had been waiting for. Since his power grab in 2017, the Western media has depicted Salman as the young and charismatic figure who would finally modernise Saudi Arabia; some journalists even went so far as…

Chernobyl 2.0 – A Real Danger or An Irrational Fear?

Dani Podgoretskaya As the Belarussian government finishes construction of the controversial Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant, multiple international experts express their concerns over the project. The Lithuanian energy minister, Zygimantas Vaiciunas, even went as far as calling the project “a threat to our national security, public health, and the environment.” Photo: Ostrovets is to Vinyus as Heathrow…

Syria: A Humanitarian Catastrophe

Natalie Chu In the middle of March this year Syria entered its eighth year of conflict. At this point the crisis has outlasted the second world war by more than 2 years and continues to escalate with ever-growing ferocity. For millions of Syrians, daily life has become a marathon of unparalleled suffering.   A Brief…