On November 4th, 2020 the United States officially withdrew from the 2017 Paris Agreement on climate change. The action, consistent with President Trump’s America First foreign policy, stands to disjoint any unified front in the global climate effort. But why is the Paris Agreement so important, and what does it mean now that the United States has withdrawn?
While New Zealand’s parliamentary election was originally scheduled for September 19, as a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases there, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced in August that it would be delayed until October 17. With the previous election in 2017 requiring a coalition government to form, Ardern now seeks to achieve a majority in this year’s election.
On September 14th, 2020 a nurse, Dawn Wooten, working in the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) alleged rising rates of unnecessary hysterectomies among immigrant women. While media coverage primary focused on the hysterectomies, Project South, Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide released a supplemental report condemning a variety longstanding ICDC medical practices, ranging from medical neglect to rotten food.
In 2013, China introduced its Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) project with the aim of expanding trade networks. China is not the only nation with ambitious plans for investment abroad, with several other nations developing similar programs to capitalize on opportunity or combat Chinese influence. Many of these international foreign investment plans will take time to reveal long-term effects and ultimate success. However, if developed nations seize assets and take advantage of debt-distressed nations, neo-imperialist sentiments could grow again
Only the second woman to ever be nominated to the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her career fighting for gender equality, in her own life and for millions of women throughout the United States and world. Ginsburg’s lasting legacy will be the perseverance that she exhibited in her life and career while facing towering discrimination against women as well as the independence and equality that her work has guaranteed millions of people.
When the Coronavirus hit Africa, migrants, refugees, and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) were confronted by a crippled healthcare system with insufficient preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19, causing many migrants to risk their lives, and the lives of others, to escape the African Continent by any means necessary.
Through forced displacement, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is slowly dissolving Tibetan communities. Local protests against these discriminatory policies resulted in violent clashes with police, while internationally, human rights groups have called it cultural genocide.
Due to the pandemic, air pollution rates have dropped in places where infection rates have been highest. But is this only the calm before the storm? Are these lowered rates sustainable, or will air pollution just return to previous levels or worse once society adapts to the new normal?
( 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