UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit With the votes cast in the third election in the United Kingdom in five years, voters have given the Conservative Party an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. Since this election largely became a proxy battle for the future of Brexit, … Continue reading UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit

Overlooked and Underfed: Migrant Food Security in Singapore

( Burmese migrants peel shrimp in a processing plant in Thailand. (Photo: Thierry Falise/ILO) On October 15th, 2019 the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower (MOM) published the “Foreign Worker Experience Survey” depicting the “well-being and employment conditions” of migrants working in Singapore. The Foreign Workers Survey asked a number of questions, including two questions on food … Continue reading Overlooked and Underfed: Migrant Food Security in Singapore

Election Spotlight: United Kingdom (December 12)

UK Election Spotlight Follow-up: Solid Conservative Victory Gives Johnson a Mandate for Brexit - Dec. 29th, 2019 With the votes cast in the third election in the United Kingdom in five years, voters have given the Conservative Party an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. Since this election largely became a proxy battle for … Continue reading Election Spotlight: United Kingdom (December 12)

Uighur Camps and the Belt and Road Initiative

On July 11th, 2019, twenty-two Western countries signed a letter condemning major human rights violations in Chinese Xinjiang Uighur camps. The next day, thirty-seven countries signed a response in support of Xinjiang’s policies, calling out the “Western letter” as slander. With allegedly 1 million Chinese Uighurs in camps, the legitimacy of these claims could set … Continue reading Uighur Camps and the Belt and Road Initiative

The Circular Economy for a Regenerative, Greener Future

Living on the east coast of the United States, it is easy to look at bans on plastic straws and plastic bags as the first step towards a sustainable future. Certainly, finding alternatives to common, single-use plastic products is helpful, but these actions are often narrow and isolated within a community. It is strenuous to … Continue reading The Circular Economy for a Regenerative, Greener Future

Election Spotlight: Belgium May 26th, 2019

The countries of the European Union (including the United Kingdom) will cast their votes tomorrow to elect the members of the European Parliament, the main legislative wing of the EU. For one of its members, Belgium, tomorrow marks an electoral “triple threat”; Belgians across the country will be voting for EU, federal, and local offices. … Continue reading Election Spotlight: Belgium May 26th, 2019

Ireland’s Citizens Have Been Making Their Constitution Less Catholic

On May 24, 2019, voters in the Republic of Ireland voted 82.07% in favor of amending the Constitution to reduce the period of separation required before divorce proceedings can be initiated. For a country which is 78.3% Roman Catholic, such a high margin favoring a more liberal divorce procedure seems surprising. Yet four of the … Continue reading Ireland’s Citizens Have Been Making Their Constitution Less Catholic

Regional Influence and the US-China Trade War

On June 2, 2019, Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy Trade Negotiator of China declares that his country “will not back down” in a trade war with the United States. Wang’s statement, in response to rising economic tensions between Washington and Beijing, signals continued escalation of the trade war that some say is … Continue reading Regional Influence and the US-China Trade War