Sofia Lopez


About Sofia Lopez

Sofia is a Political Science specialist at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on environmental degradation and sustainable development.

Gay Couple Publicly Caned In Indonesia

Capital punishment, in various forms, is controversial for promoting violence instead of rehabilitation. On 13 July, 15 people, five of which are women, were caned outside of Baiturrahim Mosque in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province. The detainees were accused of crimes ranging from extra-marital affairs, same-sex […]


The EU Face-To-Face With A No-Confidence Motion: How The Mediterranean Determines The Results

After the 2016 U.S. elections, populist governments experienced a rise in popularity. In France, the National Rally came close to clinching presidential office and in Germany, the Alternative for Germany won its first seats in the Bundestag.  Italy most recently joined this trend. On 1 June, a populist coalition of […]


Territorial Disputes Over South China Sea Intensifies

During a flag-raising ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs on May 28th, Philippines’ Foreign Minister Peter Cayetano relayed to the public President Duterte’s assertion that “if anyone gets the natural resources in the Western Philippines Sea, South China Sea (SCS), [Duterte] will go to war.” The threat comes as […]