Opinion


Democracy Under Threat?

On 31 March, Turkey headed for its local elections to elect mayors and members of city, district, and village councils. With 57 million eligible voters, this election was a test for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party in the wake of a major currency crisis last year. Meanwhile in […]


The Aftermath Of Cyclone Idai: A Call For Development From The Inside-Out

Cyclone Idai tore through the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique last week, creating a disaster that has been called “the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s history.” The cyclone has also devastated parts of neighbouring countries Malawi and Zimbabwe. Heavy rains prior to and following the cyclone have resulted in major […]


A Response To Women And Leadership

The Victoria International Leadership Programme at Victoria University offers seminars to educate people on the most pressing issues in our society. The most recent seminar last week on Women and Leadership, organized by the French Embassy, was about the incredible story of Mrs. Loretta Daunakamakama. The story of Mrs. Daunakamakama […]


From Repeal the 8th to Article 8: Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland

May 25th, 2018, was a historic day for women’s rights in the Republic of Ireland when a country-wide referendum voted for the 8th Constitutional Amendment – making abortion illegal – to be repealed. This vote demonstrated the Republic of Ireland’s social movement development towards acknowledging the rights of women, and […]


Venezuelans Bear The Brunt Of Political Turmoil

Let’s be blunt about it- the situation in Venezuela is dreadful. On January 10, President Nicolás Maduro began his second term following a controversial, widely-disputed election. Last year, Maduro’s campaign survived violent protests across Caracas, nationwide marches led by the opposition, and even a drone assassination attempt, The Guardian reports. […]


Chilean Abstention From Migration Agreement Sets Worrying Precedent For South America

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera is following through on a promise to tighten the country’s borders after backing out of a migration treaty last month. Piñera’s move sets a worrying precedent for South American countries who are facing large numbers of asylum-seekers fleeing countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua. Chile confirmed that […]