Is Anti-Zionism the same as Anti-Semitism?

Skye Graham-Welton Increasingly, Jews are worried about rising anti-Semitism from both the white nationalist right and from the anti-Israel left. In addition to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories being promulgated on the far-right, on the left, many are speaking out against Israel and their human rights violations. Newly elected members of Congress on the left are speaking…

Ooga-Booga Journalism: The problem with Western media’s portrayal of Africa

Sophie-Jo Gavin The media is the lens through which we view the world, endowed with the power to curate our perceptions of other regions and influence political decision-making. This is particularly evidenced by the case of Africa, whose portrayal in Western media frequently lacks the depth of coverage of other regions, rendering its image restricted…

The Darker Side of Peacekeeping: the UN and Sexual Abuse

Emma Faverio The United Nations as a supranational institution that seeks to promote and maintain peace globally is the UN we are accustomed to thinking about. Currently, its peacekeeping forces are actively deployed across the world in 14 different operations, in order to ensure that post-conflict countries achieve full stability. However, there is another side…

The Prisoner Voting Debate

Zoe Bodinetz The debate on prisoners’ right to vote is a longstanding issue with clear sides. The UK in particular has long been in conflict with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over its current blanket ban on prisoner votes. The UK’s view on disenfranchisement is undeniably outdated, being based on the Forfeiture…

Understanding Sexual Violence in Contemporary Warfare

Natalie Chu A war is being raged on the bodies of men, women and children. In regions of intense armed conflict, massive civilian populations uprooted from their homes are experiencing sexual violence on an unimaginable scale. In August 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured thousands of Yazidis when their forces…

How the ‘Salvini Decree’ will Affect Migrants in Italy

Emma Faverio Image Credits: The Independent Matteo Salvini has emerged as the winner of Italian politics since the 2018 general election campaign. A member of the far-right Lega party, Salvini was able to muster enough support to propel his party into a coalition government with the populist Five Star Movement under current Prime Minister Giuseppe…

Criminalising Illness: The War on Drugs

Sophie-Jo Gavin The term ‘war on drugs’ denotes a governmental agenda targeting the eradication of drug use; generally labelled by officials as being for the greater good, the efficacy and morality of anti-drug campaigns in practice is debatable as they often carry a dark undercurrent, ranging from institutional racism, as in the United States, to…

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…