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Economy before equality: China’s Uighur Population Ignored in COVID-19 Response

Economy before equality: China’s Uighur Population Ignored in COVID-19 Response

For decades, China has seen consistent economic growth, to the point where it is now the second largest economy in world. Many Chinese citizens have been able to escape poverty, but China has failed to incorporate a number of individuals into its economic developments. In the country’s pursuit of economic distinctiveness, the country has operated with a lack of regard for the maintenance of basic human rights. In the past few years, China has been under the watch of various international bodies such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch regarding its human rights conduct specifically with regard to its Uighur population. These concerns have been especially prevalent in recent months as the world has seen the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus otherwise known as, COVID-19.

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Revisiting Social Democracy: Imagining a Different World As a Response to COVID-19

Revisiting Social Democracy: Imagining a Different World As a Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 caught the world by surprise at the end of 2019. With now over four million cases globally, the short-term consequences are far-reaching and profoundly negative. Both the containment and treatment of this disease are extremely dependent on the individual rather than using government-enforced preventative measures to stop the virus from spreading (at least in the West).

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Thailand’s Fishing Industry: Caught in the Net of Human Trafficking

Thailand’s Fishing Industry: Caught in the Net of Human Trafficking

In March 2018, the deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Chatchai Sarikulya, sent special teams to survey and arrest offenders, who were committing human trafficking crimes in the fishing sector. Thai and non-Thai vessels were investigated for violating the fishing labour laws, and 50 cases were prosecuted.  After this unusual event, the Thai police announced they were determined to continue surveying sea vessels to stop the illegal labour practices occurring in the fishing industry. 

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The Cape Town Drought – Looking Beyond the Lack of Water

The Cape Town Drought – Looking Beyond the Lack of Water

When a crisis hits, it is crucial to shine a light upon the various factors that led to the issue, exacerbated its impacts, and hindered its resolution. An insightful example of this is the Cape Town water crisis in South Africa, which received a lot of media attention in 2017 and 2018. The crisis was so pressing at the time, it was anticipated that Cape Town would run their water reservoirs completely dry.

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The Tragedy of Illegal Migration from Africa to Europe: What Really Happens and What Can Be Done About It?

The Tragedy of Illegal Migration from Africa to Europe: What Really Happens and What Can Be Done About It?

Italy has become a destination of hope for people fleeing other countries; especially Africans seeking a better life and future for themselves and their families. Their endeavour is fueled by these hopes, despite the risk and horror associated with the migration process, which has become an ordeal for many in recent years. The journey is not a direct and straight one.

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In an Era of Increasing Human Mobility, Brazil Lags Behind

In an Era of Increasing Human Mobility, Brazil Lags Behind

The social, political and economic crisis in Venezuela has led to one of the largest and most overlooked refugee catastrophes in the world. The Venezuelan economy is in free fall due to government-led mismanagement and corruption. The country is experiencing hyperinflation with the value of their currency plummeting and the costs of goods and services increasing drastically.  The country’s GDP has declined by one third in five years, with a further 15% decrease expected this year.

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Could Development Funding Turn the Tide on Ocean Pollution?

Could Development Funding Turn the Tide on Ocean Pollution?

“We’re being overwhelmed by our waste” is the daunting verdict on ocean plastic pollution by environmental engineer, Jenna Jambeck. Her statement is sustained by the recently discovered “plastic island”, an area covered in trash from around the world, as well as the existence of several garbage patches in the Pacific, including one larger than the country of Mexico. Despite these alarming statistics, very little has been done internationally to reduce the use of plastics or divert them from our waterways. This poses the question, if ocean plastic pollution is such a significant global issue, why is it not included as a development issue?

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